Elizabeth Daum diary
Scope and Contents
The diary (1926) of Elizabeth Daum which forms this collection is a bound, hand-written volume. It gives an account of Miss Daum's trip to Europe by ocean liner July to October, 1926. The diary provides a glimpse of shipboard life as well as the experiences of a chaperoned, young woman on a European holiday in the 1920s.
The diary begins, July 10, 1926, on board the SS Cleveland which departed from New York city. Daum's entries describe the social life for young people aboard ship which included concerts, dances, dinners, and raffles. She noted the pleasant behavior of the stewards, particularly Will Jensen.
It is not clear who accompanied Miss Daum on the ship, but she was met in Hamburg by the Brandt family and was the guest of the Saul family. Accompanied by members of these families, Miss Daum visited Berlin, Dresden, Heidelberg, Austria, and Switzerland. She noted on August 4, 1926 that Karlsruhe, Germany was "not as pretty as Scranton."
In September, 1926, Miss Daum traveled to Paris to stay with an aunt and uncle. According to an entry, August 24, 1926, her uncle was an owner of "Sneider & Jacquet," a plant in Strasbourg, France which manufactured hydraulic presses. In Paris, Miss Daum visited cafes and museums and enjoyed the shopping.
Daum departed France, October 9, 1926 aboard the SS Albert Ballin. In her last entry, October 14, 1926, Miss Daum wrote of seeing a German actor, Emil Jennings, on deck.
Small items inserted in the diary include a German concert program, a photograph of a magician, Billie Marr, and four copies of the Wireless News (July 12, 13, 17, 18, 1926) published by the United States Lines.
- 1926 July 10-October 14
- Daum, Elizabeth (Person)
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Elizabeth Daum resided in Scranton, PA in 1926. Her travel diary indicates she was an unmarried, young adult who made a trans-Atlantic crossing to Europe in 1926. Other biographical information of Miss Daum has not been found.
0.167 Cubic Feet (1 volume)
Language of Materials
This collection consists of the diary of Elizabeth Daum, which provides an account of Miss Daum's trip to Europe by ocean liner, July to October, 1926. Elizabeth Daum resided in Scranton, PA in 1926. Her travel diary indicates she was an unmarried, young adult who made a trans-Atlantic crossing to Europe in 1926. Other biographical information of Miss Daum has not been found.
The provenance of the diary is unknown. It has been part of the collections of Johns Hopkins University since 1960.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
There is no known acquisition information for this collection.
Finding aid prepared by Joan Grattan in April 1990.
- Elizabeth Daum diary
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- Finding aid written in English
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