Louis G. Monté collection, 1899, 1907 (majority within 1899)
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- The collection is open for research.
- Monté, Louis G. and Anonymous
- The Louis G. Monté collection is made up of 2 diaries about Americans traveling in Europe in the summer of 1899. Monté and another traveler wrote entries about sightseeing in England, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Both journals have pencil drawings of people encountered and each doubles as a scrapbook with photographs, tickets, programs, and other ephemera.
- 2 volumes
- Collection processed and finding aid created by Cheney J. Schopieray, October 2006; Emma Lawton, April 2012; and Meg Hixon, February 2013
- Scope and Content:
The Louis G. Monté collection is made up of 2 diaries about Americans traveling in Europe in the summer of 1899. Monté and another traveler wrote entries about sightseeing in several European countries, and both used their journals as scrapbooks.
Louis G. Monté wrote daily diary entries between July 5, 1899, and August 26, 1899 (Volume 1, pages 5-73). He described his journey from Charlestown, Massachusetts, to England on the steamer New England and arrived on July 14. He saw the sights in London, England; Paris, France; Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen), Cologne (Köln) and Düsseldorf, Germany; and Amsterdam and Haarlem, Netherlands. He often visited museums and commented on local architecture and customs. Monté's brief final entries pertain to his return journey from Antwerp, Belgium, to New York on the steamer Southwark. Monté also used his book as a scrapbook for photographs and ephemera (pages 1-4 and 1a-36a; not all pages are used), and he wrote notes about French, English, and German currency on pages 2-4. The book's endpapers and cover also have items pasted in, such as tickets, programs, advertisements, and other ephemera. Photographs primarily depict scenes and people in the Netherlands, and numerous drawings illustrate people he encountered during his European travels. Pages 21a-22a (Volume 1) contain an essay on English architecture.
The second diary (unattributed) covers the author's travels from August 3, 1899-August 16, 1899 (pages 1-33), with photographs, stamps, tickets, train schedules, and other ephemera interleaved with the journal entries (pages 34-55 and 1a-55a; not all pages are used). The author drew pictures of people and wrote notes. He visited the same locations as Monté and sketched a nearly identical image of a woman in Aix-La-Chappelle, Germany (Vol. 1, p. 19a; Vol. 2, p. 2). Most of the pasted-in ephemera items pertain to travels in the Netherlands.
- Biographical / Historical:
Louis G. Monté boarded the steamer New England at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on July 5, 1899. During the months of July and August, he traveled in England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. He returned to New York on the steamer Southwark in mid-August.
- Acquisition Information:
- 2002. M-4205 .
- Processing information:
Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
- Rules or Conventions:
- Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
- Additional Descriptive Data:
This collection arrived at the Clements Library with the Gurley-Williamson collection. Louis G. Monté does not have any apparent connection to the Gurley or Williamson families.
Visual Materials Lists:Sketches: Volume 1
Sketches: Volume 2
- Page 28: Jardin de Paris in the Place de Concorde floor plan (pencil)
- Page 33: "This is the pedestal of the Winged Victory…" (pencil)
- Page 51: "Detail from German Coat of Arms" (pencil)
- Page 5a: "A Dutch lady in the Groote of St. Bavokerk at Harlem" (pencil)
- Page 5a: Back of woman's head (pencil)
- Page 7a: "Fellow passengers..." (pencil)
- Page 9a: "Rev. Mr. Horten on the march" (pencil silhouette)
- Page 9a: "Mr. Dutto…" (silhouette)
- Page 9a: Sleeping woman (pencil silhouette)
- Page 11a: "Benner" (pencil silhouette)
- Page 12a: "The Physician attending Mrs. Somers" (pencil)
- Page 13a: "Mr. Boardman" (pencil)
- Page 15a: "I am fast asleep" (silhouette)
- Page 17a: "A Paris art student in Latin Quarter Montparnasse" (pencil)
- Page 19a: "German Market Woman in Aix-la-Chappelle" (pencil)
- Page 25a: [Dutch] man wearing wooden clogs (pencil)
- Page 34a: [Church?] tower (pencil)
- Page 35a: Walking man (pencil)
Photographs: Volume 1
- Page 2: Veiled woman "From the 'Living swell' by ----" and seated woman with a basket, "Market of Aix-la-Chapelle Germany, August 3, 1899." (pencil)
- Page 3: Old seated woman with wooden clogs, "Market of Aix la Chapelle"
- Page 29: Copy of the Red Star Line advertisement pasted to the cover of the journal: "Wishes he was home too, I guess" (pen and ink)
Photographs: Volume 2
- Page 1a: 6 small photographs (4 sepia, 2 cyanotypes):
- Top left - two women and a man in front of a house
- Top right - a dog in front of a porch
- Middle left - four men and a woman in front of a house
- Middle right - a horse race
- Bottom left - a young woman wearing a hat
- Bottom right - four men holding tennis rackets and balls.
- Page 3a: 6 small photographs (sepia):
- Top left - landscape
- Top right - men at a circus
- Middle left - man with a hat and vest in front of a barn
- Middle right - "Ed" young man in an apron in front of a porch
- Bottom left - landscape with house
- Bottom right - damaged, house and barn
- Page 5a: 3 small photographs (sepia):
- Top left - sailboat on a lake
- Top right - landscape with house
- Bottom left - building, road, and possible machinery
- Page 29a: Landscape of a river and trees (black and white)
- Page 30a: "Wm Cullen [Beyard] house. Received in Antwerp." House and yard (black and white)
List of Name Cards: Volume 1
- Page 41: House and garden with a hammock on the front porch
- Page 53: Horses drawing a buggy with two men and a woman inside.
- Page 6a: Mrs. Hawgood
- Page 11a: Mr Grank D. Somers; handwritten "J [Hoair?] 16 Jermyn St. Introducing Mr. Monte." Upside down: "Debrosses Martin"
- Page 12a: Mr. Horatio Clare; handwritten dates and addresses
- Page 25a: Elenora Wolinsky; handwritten "[Cymishrant] 287"
- Page 27a: Dr. John Edmund MacKenty; handwritten "To E. R. Gilman New York Club, N.Y."
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Ocean liner passengers.
Cyanotypes (photographic prints)
Drawings (visual works)
- New England (Steamer)
Aachen (Germany)--Description and travel.
Amsterdam (Netherlands)--Description and travel.
Cologne (Germany)--Description and travel.
Düsseldorf (Germany)--Description and travel.
Haarlem (Netherlands)--Description and travel.
London (England)--Description and travel.
Paris (France)--Description and travel.
Using These Materials
The collection is open for research.
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Copyright status is unknown
- PREFERRED CITATION:
Louis G. Monté Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan