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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Sources:

Description of Series

Series I. Career, 1939-1992

Series II. Personal, 1910s-1978, undated

Series III. Correspondence, 1939-1991, undated

Series IV. Clippings, 1939-1992, undated

Series V. Ephemera, 1937-1991, undated

Series VI. Pat Grant Materials, 1940s-1993

Index

Index

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Ruth Robertson:

An Inventory of Her Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Robertson, Ruth, 1905-1998
Title: Ruth Robertson Papers and Photography Collection
Dates: 1910s-1993
Abstract: The Ruth Robertson Collection documents Robertson's career as a writer and photographer in Illinois, Alaska, and Venezuela with prints, negatives, transparencies, manuscripts, clippings, correspondence, and ephemera.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-380
Extent: 39 document boxes, 4 oversize boxes, (21.62 linear feet); 4 oversize folders (osf)
Language: English and Spanish
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

Ruth Agnes McCall Robertson was born in Taylorville, Illinois, on 24 May 1905. Her mother was from a newspaper family from Somerset, Kentucky, and her father was a Scottish landscape painter and photographer. Robertson studied at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, although she never finished a degree. She left school in 1939 to work at the Peoria Evening Star, where she was the paper's first female photographer and originated the column "Peoria and her People."

In 1942 Robertson moved to Chicago and began working for Acme Newspictures, Inc. During this time she became the first female photographer allowed to shoot in the infield at Wrigley Field and the first woman to cover football games from the 50-yard line at both Notre Dame and Northwestern universities. In 1944 she opened an Acme bureau in St. Louis and became its first bureau manager. Soon after, she and fellow newspaperman Art Neumann opened their own bureau, Press Syndicate, in Chicago. That same year she was the only woman photographer in the press pool at the Democratic and Republican national conventions held in Chicago. To help integrate into a male-dominated field, she often used the nickname "Robbie."

In 1945 Robertson became a war correspondent through the Press Syndicate and was assigned to the Alaskan-Aleutian area. She was stationed at Ladd Field in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she followed U.S. and Russian movements. She traveled the 2,000-mile Aleutian chain to the headquarters of the 11th Air Force, and she flew with pilots bombing the Japanese Kuril Islands. Her articles and photographs from Alaska were syndicated in newspapers and published in National Geographic.

After the war, Robertson moved to New York and joined the staff of the New York Herald-Tribune doing re-write and production work for the paper and its supplement This Week. All the while she freelanced for National Geographic and Holiday magazines. After being a war correspondent, however, this work seemed too tame, and she looked for something more adventurous. In 1946 she met a group of Venezuelan pilots and subsequently was hired by the Venezuelan airline Linea Aeropostal Venezolana as a publicity photographer.

Robertson's move to Venezuela was a pivotal point in her career as it offered many diverse opportunities. In addition to her work for the airline, she wrote and photographed for newspapers and magazines, including El Farol and Nosotros, and for several oil companies, and she began making documentary films. She traveled throughout Venezuela, Guiana, Colombia, and Brazil for the oil companies documenting their oil fields, drilling operations, and pipelines. Using these photographs, Robertson produced color calendars for Standard Oil, Shell Oil, and Esso. In 1947 she filmed a movie for the Venezuelan Ministry of Development on pearl divers near Margarita Island, and in the early 1950s she filmed one for Shell on their pipeline under Maracaibo Lake.

For the first two years that Robertson lived in Venezuela, she was eager to make an expedition to Angel Falls. The falls had been "discovered" and subsequently named after her friend Jimmy Angel, the bush pilot who had flown over the falls in 1933 and estimated them to be a mile high. Since that time, four expeditions had attempted but failed to measure and prove the great height of the falls. Robertson was determined to make the journey, accurately survey the falls, and photograph them from the ground for the first time. Though the National Geographic Society refused to sponsor her trip given the high failure rate, it agreed to publish Robertson's story if she did succeed. On 23 April 1949 she set out on an expedition that included Oley Olsen, a bush pilot; Alejandro Laime, a Latvian who had scouted the jungles and who hired native guides to help them; Ernest Knee, a filmmaker; Perry Lowrey, an engineer; and Enrique Gómez, their communications man. The team reached the falls on 12 May, and within a few days they had completed their survey. Robertson's story and photographs were published in "Jungle Journey to the World's Highest Waterfall" in the November 1949 issue of National Geographic. Her photographs were subsequently printed in Time, Newsweek, and newspapers around the world. Her accomplishment also allowed her to join the Society of Woman Geographers. Later Robertson would chronicle the trek in her book Churún Merú—The Tallest Angel (Ardmore, Pa.: Whitmore, 1975).

Robertson continued to live and work in Venezuela for most of the 1950s. She joined other journalists in starting the Daily Journal, an English-language newspaper in Caracas. She wrote a column, "Ruth Robertson's Notebook," for the Daily Journal and also worked as a Time-Life correspondent. In 1951, she married Charles Marietta, a University of Texas at Austin graduate and an engineer with the Atlantic Refining Company. Robertson continued to use her maiden name for her professional work.

Due to increasing political turmoil in Venezuela, Robertson and Marietta moved to Mexico in 1958. For the next ten years Robertson worked as Assistant Editor for the American Society of Mexico Bulletin, taking on many duties. Eventually she and her husband moved to Brazoria, Texas. Throughout her later life she traveled extensively around the world, continued writing columns for the Daily Journal, and lectured to various clubs. Robertson died in Rosenberg, Texas, on 17 February 1998.

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Scope and Contents

The Ruth Robertson Collection documents Robertson's career as a writer and photographer in Illinois, Alaska, and Venezuela with prints, negatives, transparencies, manuscripts, clippings, correspondence, and ephemera. The archive is organized into six series: I. Career, 1939-1992; II. Personal, 1910s-1978, undated; III. Correspondence, 1939-1991, undated; IV. Clippings, 1939-1992, undated; V. Ephemera, 1937-1991, undated; and VI. Pat Grant materials, 1940s-1993. The majority of materials are in English and a few items are in Spanish.

Series I. Career, the largest series, is divided into two subseries, Photographs and Writings, reflecting the two sides of Robertson's working life. Subseries A. Photographs, 1939-1950s, includes items from her early days working in Peoria and Chicago where she primarily took portraits; her time as a World War II news correspondent documenting military life in Alaska; her several years in Venezuela where she worked for an airline and oil companies and undertook freelance adventures; and from travels in Central and South America where she worked on a variety of projects. There are numerous prints from her time in Alaska (most identified with captions), but her work in Venezuela, including her famous expedition to Angel Falls, makes up the bulk of the subseries. This subseries is organized chronologically by location where Robertson was working, and within these groupings alphabetically by topic. Portraits of Robertson on the job or posing with her camera are found throughout. A small number of nudes, portraits, and unidentified images are at the end of the subseries.

Subseries B. Writings, 1940-1992, undated, includes both published and unpublished works in the form of notes, handwritten drafts, typed drafts, and clippings of published stories. Robertson's writings consisted of book projects, newspaper columns, magazine articles, lectures, diaries, and assorted notes. Her early-career column "Peoria and Her People" profiled community members and was accompanied by portraits taken by Robertson. "Ruth Robertson's Notebook," her column for the Caracas Daily Journal, described the life of American expats living in South America. Other articles chronicled her many adventures and travels or commented on current events and politics. This subseries is organized by format (book projects, columns, assorted stories, and notebooks) and within these groupings titled items are arranged alphabetically and are followed by chronologically-organized untitled items. An index at the end of the finding aid lists written works in the collection.

Series II. Personal includes some biographical information but primarily consists of prints, negatives, and transparencies relating to Robertson's private life which are arranged chronologically. Images include formal and informal portraits of Robertson from her teens through older age, as well as snapshots and informal portraits of her family and friends in Illinois; colleagues, friends, the "Top of the World Club," and Robertson with explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson in Alaska; friends in Venezuela, Mexico, and Texas, including ornithologist William H. Phelps; her husband Charles Marietta and his children; and her travels during her later life to Europe, the Far East, and parts of the U.S.

Series III. Correspondence contains both incoming and outgoing letters relating to her photography, writing career, and personal life. General correspondence is arranged chronologically, followed by folders arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Correspondents include friends, family members, employers, editors, publishers, and other professional contacts. Some of the work-related correspondence includes captions for photographs, expense reports, and contracts. The majority of correspondence is in English although some exchanges are in Spanish. An index at the end of the finding aid lists correspondents in the collection.

Series IV. Clippings reflects Robertson's long career in the newspaper and magazine business. While clippings of her own writings are found in Series I. Career, Subseries B. Writings, the clippings in this series relate to other aspects of her career. Many clippings include photographs by Robertson, though these were often printed uncredited or credited only to her agencies, Acme Newspictures and Press Syndicate. Other clippings include articles about Robertson, especially her Angel Falls expedition, and articles promoting her book and lectures. Robertson also collected columns by colleagues and friends, such as Dorothy Kamen-Kaye, articles about her friends, such as Jimmy Angel, and other clippings on topics of interest to her. Many full issues of newspapers and magazines are also present, primarily copies of the Daily Journal, the English language paper which she helped found in Caracas. This series is arranged chronologically. Most items are in English but some clippings are in Spanish.

Ephemeral items, such as printed materials, scrapbooks, maps, financial documents, and travel documents make up Series V. Primarily concerning Robertson's career, these items include printed materials collected in Alaska; scrapbooks with photographs and clippings of works by and about Robertson; a calendar produced for Esso in Venezuela; maps of Venezuela and the Angel Falls region; expense reports regarding travel for stories and photography excursions; and handbooks from photographers associations and other clubs. A few items relate to Robertson's personal travels and the series also includes two works by others. The series is arranged alphabetically.

The final series, Series VI. Pat Grant Materials, contains a small number of items collected by Robertson's friend Pat "Intrepid Birdwoman" Grant who was a bush pilot in South America in the 1940s and 1950s. These items, which were donated by Grant's extended family, include assorted prints made by Robertson; images of Grant and Robertson, together and individually; clippings about Robertson, Grant, and their mutual friend Jimmy Angel; and correspondence between Robertson and Grant (who signed her letters "Me²") and between Grant and her relatives.

Physical arrangement of items is by format, as follows:

  • Manuscript materials, boxes 1-20
  • Prints, boxes 21-29
  • Negatives, boxes 30-35
  • Transparencies, boxes 36-39
  • Oversize materials, boxes 40-43, osf 1-4

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research; negatives and transparencies are in cold storage and must be requested at least two days in advance of anticipated use.

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Index Terms

Correspondents
Fales, Samuel
Grant, Pat
Kamen-Kaye, Dorothy Allers
McCoy, Roxy Ann
Neumann, Arthur E.
Phelps, William H. (William Henry), b. 1875
Stubbins, John R.
Subjects
Alaska Highway
Angel, Jimmy, d. 1956
Ladd Air Force Base (Alaska)
United States. Air Force Airmen
United States. Air Force--Military life
Venezuelans--Pictorial works
Places
Angel Falls (Venezuela)
Brazil
Colombia
Guatemala
Illinois
Mexico
Panama
Venezuela
Venezuela--Aerial views
Document Types
Acetate film
Black-and-white negatives
Cellulose nitrate film
Clippings
Color transparencies
Correspondence
Gelatin silver prints
Manuscripts
Printed ephemera
Scrapbooks
Typescripts

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Separated Material

The Ransom Center's Personal Effects Collection has a bone letter opener, 8 woven baskets, a carved gourd bowl, a book-shaped wooden box, a framed U.S. Army certificate, a plaque, a badge, a Press Photographers Association pin, press passes, and a flashlight. The Center's Film Department has a short length of a 16 mm color film titled "Frisco, Alaska."

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gifts, 1995-1996, 2000-2001

Processed by:

Nicole Davis, 2011

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Sources:

In addition to biographical information found within the collection, the following sources were used:

Hubbard, Patricia. Ruth Robertson. Accessed September 23, 2011. http://www.ruthrobertson.org

Robertson, Ruth, Churún Merú—The Tallest Angel. Ardmore, Pa.: Whitmore, 1975.

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Container List

 

Series I. Career, 1939-1992

Subseries A. Photographs, 1939-1950s
Early work, 1939-1944
Peoria, Chicago, and Illinois personalities, circa 1942-1944
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21.1-3 B&w prints, most unidentified
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30.1-5 B&w negatives, A-Z and unidentified
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36.1 Color transparencies, Homer E. Capehart
Ruth Robertson (RR) at work, circa 1939-1944
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21.4 B&w prints
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30.6 B&w negatives
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36.2 Color transparency
Other work, assorted and unidentified subjects, circa 1939-1944
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30.7 B&w negatives
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36.2 Color transparencies
World War II, 1944-1945
Alaska
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21.5 Aleutian Islands, b&w prints
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21.6 Anchorage, b&w prints
Barrow
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21.7-8 B&w prints
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30.8 B&w negatives
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22.1 Bering Strait, b&w prints
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22.2 Circle Hot Springs, b&w prints
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22.3 Fairbanks, b&w prints
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22.4 Galena, b&w prints
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22.5-7 Ladd Air Force Base (Ladd Field), b&w prints
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22.8-9 Matanuska Valley, b&w prints
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22.10-23.1 Nome, b&w prints
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23.2 Pilgrim Springs, b&w prints
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23.3 Assorted locations, b&w prints
Canada, b&w prints
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23.4 Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway)
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23.5 Edmonton (Alta.)
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23.6 Fort Nelson (B.C.)
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23.7 Fort St. John (B.C.)
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23.8 Watson Lake (Yukon)
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23.9 Whitehorse (Yukon)
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23.10 Great Falls, Mont., b&w prints
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23.11 Military dogs, b&w prints
Military life and personnel
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23.12-24.1 B&w prints
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30.9 B&w negatives
Military planes and vehicles
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24.2 B&w prints
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30.10 B&w negatives
Non-military personnel
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24.3 B&w prints and notes
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30.11 B&w negatives
RR at work
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24.4 B&w prints
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30.12 B&w negatives
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36.3 Color transparencies
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osf 1 B&w poster
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24.5 "Skyway to Asia," b&w prints
Unidentified
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24.6 B&w prints
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36.4 Color transparencies
Venezuela, 1946-1950s, undated
Andean scenes, undated
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24.7 B&w prints
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31.1 B&w negatives
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36.5 Color transparencies
Angel Falls expedition, 1947-1949
"Angel Falls Layout" (images for publication?), [1949]
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31.2 B&w negatives
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36.6 Color transparencies
Camp life and Indians, [1949]
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24.8 B&w and color prints, some with captions
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31.3 B&w negatives, includes crew and expedition scenes
Chrón Canyon and Angel Falls, includes aerials views, 1947-1949
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25.1 B&w prints
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31.4 B&w negatives
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36.7 Color transparencies
Crew and expedition scenes, [1949]
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25.2 B&w prints
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31.5 B&w negatives
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36.8 Color transparencies, includes scenes with Indians
Grace Line and National Geographic window exhibition about expedition including candid shots of RR with friends and scenes in Venezuela, [1949]
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25.3 Images of window display, b&w prints
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osf 2 "Have you ever used anti-ghost makeup?" photographic broadside with image of RR with Indian face paint, from window display
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31.6 "Land of the Waterfalls," [1949], b&w negatives with captions
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31.7 National Geographic Society enlargements, undated, b&w negatives
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25.4-5 Publication prints mounted on board with captions, June 1949
Angel, Jimmy, and Harold "Whitey" Dahl, undated
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25.6 B&w snapshots (taken by Angel?), includes planes and scenes with Indians
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25.7 B&w prints, includes clippings
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31.8 B&w negatives
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36.9 Color transparencies
Bullfights and bullfighters, 1946-1947
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25.8 B&w prints
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31.9 B&w negatives
Caracas, 1947-1948, undated
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25.9 B&w prints, undated
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31.10 B&w negatives, undated
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36.10 Color transparencies, 1947-1948
Ciudad Bolívar and Rio Orinoco, 1947-1948
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25.10 B&w prints
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31.11 B&w negatives
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36.11 Color transparencies
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31.12 Coca Cola Company, 1953, b&w negatives
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31.13 Country clubs and golf courses, 1954, undated, b&w negatives
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32.1 Escuela Nacional de Enfermeria, undated, b&w negatives
Icabarú, 1947-1948, undated
General scenes
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25.11 B&w prints
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32.2 B&w negatives
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36.12 Color transparencies
Gold and diamond miners
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26.1 B&w prints
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32.3 B&w negatives
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36.13 Kavanayen, Gran Sabana, 1949, color transparencies
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36.14 La Orchila, Isla (island), undated, color transparencies
Linea Aeropostal Venezolana, undated
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1.1 Ad layout pencil sketches, undated
Pilots and airport scenes, undated
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32.4 B&w negatives
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36.15 Color Transparencies
Los Llanos, undated
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26.2 B&w prints
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32.5 B&w negatives
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36.16 Color transparencies
Los Roques, undated
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26.3 B&w prints
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32.6 B&w negatives
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36.17 Color transparencies
Maracaibo Basin, Motilon Indians, and Capuchin monks, undated
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26.4 B&w and color prints, notes and printed materials
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32.7 B&w negatives
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37.1 Color transparencies
Margarita Island, undated
Container
26.5 B&w prints
Container
32.8 B&w negatives
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37.2 Color transparencies
Mirc, Mildred and Colegio Americano, circa 1958
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26.6 B&w contact prints with caption sheets
Container
32.9 B&w negatives
Oil industry, includes Grant Foster Contractors, Maracaibo Towing Company, Mene Grande Oil Company, and images of RR, 1947-1955, undated
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26.7 B&w prints
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32.10 B&w negatives
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37.3 Color transparencies
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FC:15:DR:02 Color lantern slide of an Esso plane
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37.4 "Old Spanish Trail," 1949, color transparencies
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32.11 Pan Nacional, 1947, b&w negatives
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26.8 Paraguana Peninsula and Siburúa, undated, b&w prints
Personalities, includes candid snapshots and formal portraits, undated
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26.9-10 B&w prints, most unidentified
Container
33.1-4 B&w negatives, A-Z and unidentified, includes Milton S. Eisenhower, Tomás L. Golding, Clark Gable, Andrés Eloy Blanco, and others
Politics, includes elections, parties, signing of the new constitution, Rómulo Betancourt, inauguration of Rómulo Gallegos, and funeral of Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, 1947-1950
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26.11 B&w prints
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33.5 B&w negatives
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37.5 Color transparencies
Revolution, 1948
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27.1 B&w prints
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33.6 B&w negatives
Roraima (mountain) and Cuquenan Falls "Lost World" expedition, 1951, 1954, undated
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27.2 B&w and color prints
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37.6 Color transparencies
San Juan de los Morros, 1947
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27.3 B&w prints
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33.7 B&w negatives
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27.4-5 "This is Venezuela," circa 1950, book dummy pages with b&w prints pasted in and b&w and color prints laid in at end
Venezuelan journalists in Rome, Italy, undated
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33.8 B&w negatives
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37.7 Color transparencies
Assorted and unidentified subjects, undated
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27.6 B&w prints
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33.9-10 B&w negatives
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37.8-9 Color transparencies
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FC 15.2 Color lantern slides of Pico Bolivar and unidentified scene
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37.10 Unprocessed 35mm color film
Central and South America, 1950s, undated
Brazil, children and dogs, undated
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34.1 B&w negatives
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38.1 Color transparency
Colombia, 1950, undated
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27.7 Assorted b&w prints, undated
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38.2 Cartagena and Chinquinquirá, 1950, color transparencies
Guatemala, 1950, undated
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27.8 B&w prints, undated
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34.2 B&w negatives, 1950
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38.3 Color transparencies, 1950
Mexico, 1950, undated
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34.3 B&w negatives, undated
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38.4 Color transparencies, 1950
Nicaragua, includes images of Pat Grant, 1950
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34.4 B&w negatives
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38.5 Color transparencies
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38.6 Panama, San Blas Islands, 1950, color transparencies
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38.7 Nudes and unidentified portraits, undated, color transparencies
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38.8 Unidentified, undated, color transparencies
Subseries B. Writings, 1940-1992, undated
Book projects, 1945, 1974-1975
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1.2-7 Adventure in Venezuela or To Venezuela with Love [unpublished], typed drafts with corrections, 1974
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2.1-5 APO Minneapolis [unpublished], chapters 1-21, typed drafts with corrections, 1945
Churún-Merú—The Tallest Angel
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2.6-3.1 Typed draft with corrections, 1975
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3.2 Flyers with cover reprints, 1975
Columns, 1940-1977
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3.3 "Latin American Notebook" columns, 1959, typed drafts, includes correspondence with the Houston Chronicle
"Out of My Mind," circa 1970s?, undated
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3.4 Typed drafts with corrections, circa 1970s?
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3.5 Clippings, undated
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3.6 "Peoria and Her People" columns, 1940-1942, clippings
"Ruth Robertson's Notebook" columns, 1955-1977, undated
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3.7 1955-1956, clippings
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40 1955-1957, clippings
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3.8 1956, clippings
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41.1 1956-1957, clippings
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3.9 Circa 1970s, typed drafts with corrections
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3.10, 41.2 1971, clippings
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3.11-12 1973, typed drafts with corrections and clippings
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4.1 1973-1974, clippings
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4.2 Circa 1975, typed and handwritten drafts with corrections
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4.3 1975, clippings
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4.4 1976, typed and handwritten drafts with corrections
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4.5 1976, clippings
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41.3 1976-1977, clippings
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4.6 Undated, clippings
Assorted stories, captions, and notes, 1942-1992, undated
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4.7, 41.4 "Angel Falls Diary," clippings, 6 and 13 June 1949
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4.8 "Inside Darkest Alaska," 1945, typed and photocopied drafts with corrections
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4.9 "Jungle Journey," undated, notes
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4.10 "Lost in the Lost World" (diary), 1949, typed drafts with corrections
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4.11 "The Lost World of Venezuela" (lecture), undated, typed draft with corrections
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4.12 "Russians in Alaska," undated, typed drafts with corrections
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41.5 "Three Decades: Reminiscences of Venezuela and the Journal in the Forties," 1975, clippings
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4.13 Re Peoria, 1942, story clippings and typescript of play?
Re Alaska
Circa 1944-1945
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4.14 Handwritten and typed captions and notes
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5.1 Typed story drafts with corrections
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5.2 Typed stories and captions with corrections
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5.3 Story clippings
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5.4 Undated, lecture notes
Re Venezuela
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5.5 Circa late 1940s, typed stories, typed captions, and handwritten notes
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5.6 Circa late 1940s-1950s, typed story drafts
Re China
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5.7 1979, story clippings
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5.8 1982, lecture press release
Assorted subjects
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5.9 1945 and circa 1970s, typed story drafts with corrections
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5.10 1975-1977, clippings
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6.1 1977, typed story drafts with corrections and clippings
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6.2 Circa 1977-1979, lecture flyers
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6.3 Circa 1980s and 1992, handwritten and typed story drafts
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6.4-5 Undated, assorted notes
Notebooks, includes diaries, lecture notes, general notes, appointment books, and address books, 1941-1980s
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6.6 1941-1942, includes pilot flight record
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6.7 1946-1947
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6.8 1948-1949
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6.9-7.1 Circa 1946-1950
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7.2 1950s
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7.3 1960-1970s
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7.4 1978
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7.5-8.2 Circa 1970s-1980s

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Series II. Personal, 1910s-1978, undated

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8.3 Biographical info, undated
RR's early life, circa 1910s-1930s
Formal and candid portraits of RR, alone and with friends
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8.4 Pencil drawing and watercolor, 1934
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27.9 B&w prints
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34.5 B&w negatives
Family and friends
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28.1 B&w prints
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34.6-8 B&w negatives
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38.9-10 Color transparencies, includes dogs, family and friends, and scenes in Peoria and Chicago, Ill., Wisconsin, and Canada
RR in Alaska, includes RR with Vilhjalmur Stefansson, "Top of the World Club," and other friends and colleagues, 1944-1945
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28.2 B&w prints
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34.9 B&w negatives
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28.3 RR in New York, circa 1946, b&w print
RR and Charles Marietta in Venezuela, 1947-1950s
Assorted snapshots and candid images, includes their wedding and images of friends
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28.4 B&w and color prints
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34.10-11 B&w negatives
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38.10 Color transparencies
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28.5 Caracas, b&w photographic postcards
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28.6 Daily Journal staff members, b&w prints
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35.1 Flood at Tanaguarena, b&w negatives, 1951
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39.1 "Orchid Pool," color transparencies
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39.2 Phelps and Holtons, color transparencies
Phelps, William and Mona, includes Carnival costume parties and scenes on boats, 1950-1954
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28.7-8 B&w prints
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35.2 B&w negatives
Later life, 1950s-1970s
RR, assorted snapshots, candid images, and portraits
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29.1 Circa 1950s-1960s, b&w and color prints, includes formal portraits
Circa 1960s-1970s
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29.2 B&w and color prints
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35.3 B&w negatives
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35.4 Circa 1990s, color print
Friends and family, assorted snapshots
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35.5 In Mexico, circa 1950s, b&w negatives
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35.6 In Texas, circa 1950s-1960s, b&w negatives
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39.3 1960-1970s, color transparencies
Travels
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39.4 Austria (from Round-the-world trip?), undated (1952?), color transparencies
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39.5 China, 1978, undated, color transparencies
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39.6 Hong Kong and Thailand (from Round-the-world trip?), undated (1952?), color transparencies
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39.7 Japan (from Round-the-world trip?), undated (1952?), color transparencies
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35.7 Mexico, includes Tanner-Holbert House, San Gabriel de los Palmas, undated (circa 1960s?), b&w negatives
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35.8 Round-the-world trip, undated (1952?), b&w negatives
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39.8 Texas, Tennessee, and New York, undated (circa 1950s?), color transparencies
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39.9 West Indies islands, 1973, color transparencies
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35.9 Unidentified, undated, color negatives

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Series III. Correspondence, 1939-1991, undated

General, 1939-1991, undated
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8.5 1939-1944, incoming
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8.6 1945
'Lost in the Lost World' bound volumes, 1946-1951
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8.7 Vol. 1, Dec. 4, 1946-May 28, 1947, outgoing
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9.1 Vol. 2, Jun. 8, 1947-Nov. 29, 1947, outgoing
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9.2 Vol. 3, Jan. 26, 1948-Oct. 20, 1948, outgoing
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9.3 Vol. 4, Nov. 1, 1949-June 1, 1951, outgoing
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9.4 Circa 1947-1949, outgoing
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9.5 1948-1952, outgoing
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9.6 1948-1954, incoming
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9.7 1949-1954
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9.8 1969-1978
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10.1 1976, incoming
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10.2 1976-1978, incoming
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10.3 1980-1986
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10.4 1987-1991
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10.5 Undated
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10.6 Corporación de Turismo de Venezuela, 1973-1974, includes clippings
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10.7 Creole Petroleum Corporation, 1949, undated
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10.8 Daily Journal (Caracas, Venezuela), 1973-1977
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11.1 Dorrance & Company, 1975-1977
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11.2 Eareckson, William O., 1946-1948, incoming, includes portrait
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11.3 Grolier Incorporated, 1978
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11.4 Knight, Clayton, 1946-1956, incoming
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11.5 Life, 1949
McCoy, Roxy Ann, 1948-1953, undated
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11.6 Outgoing, 1948-1952, undated
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11.7-8 Incoming, 1948-1953, undated
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11.9 National Geographic Society (U.S.), 1945-1977
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11.10 Society of Woman Geographers, 1951-1952 and 1974-1977
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11.11 Sterling Publishing Company, 1975
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11.12 Stotts, Ben L., re Sir Walter Raleigh, 1951
Stubbins, John R., 1967-1979
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12.1 General, 1967-1979
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12.2 Re Angel Falls movie, 1975
Time, Inc., 1949-1986
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12.3-4 Outgoing, 1949-1958
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12.5-6 Incoming, 1949-1958
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12.7 Assorted letters and printed materials, 1955-1960
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13.1 Henderson, Bruce, 1958, includes contact sheets by Charles Tasnadi
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13.2 Vega, Marylois, 1958-1986
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13.3 United States. War Dept., 1945
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13.4 Venezuela. Consulado General (Houston, Tex.), 1982
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13.5 Venezuela. Embajada (U.S.), 1975-1977
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13.6 Whitmore Publishing Company, 1975-1979

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Series IV. Clippings, 1939-1992, undated

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13.7-9 1939-1944
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41.6 1940, Peoria Evening Star issue
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13.10 1943, Editor & Publisher issue
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13.11-12 1944-1945
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41.7 1945, assorted Alaskan publications
1946
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14.1 Assorted clippings
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41.8 Daily Journal (Caracas, Venezuela) issue
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14.2 1946, This Week and Holiday issues
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14.3 1946-1947
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14.4 1948
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14.5-6 1948-1954, El Farol issues
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41.9 1948-1955, Life issues
1949
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14.7 Re Angel Falls expedition
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14.8 Assorted clippings
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41.10 Daily Journal issue
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14.9 1949-1958, undated, assorted oil company magazines
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14.10 1949-1977, re Jimmy Angel, includes correspondence and notes
1950
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15.1 Assorted clippings
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15.2 "On My Way" columns by Dorothy Kamen-Kaye
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41.11 1951, Daily Journal special edition
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15.3 1951-1953
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41.12 1955, Daily Journal issue
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15.4 1955-1956
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41.13 1956, Daily Journal special edition edited by RR
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41.14 1957, Daily Journal issue and special editions
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15.5 1957-1958
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41.15 1958, Daily Journal issue
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15.6 1960, U. S. News & World Report issue
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15.7 1962-1969
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42.1 1971, Daily Journal issue
1972
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15.8 Re Alejandro Laime
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42.2 Daily Journal issues and anniversary edition
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15.9 1972-1975
1973
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15.10 Assorted clippings, with printed materials and notes
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42.3 Daily Journal and El Bolivarense issues
1975
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43.1-2 Daily Journal special editions
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15.11 Obituaries
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15.12 1976, ads for Churún Merú—The Tallest Angel, includes correspondence and notes
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15.13-14 1976-1977, includes correspondence
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43.3 1977, Daily Journal supplement
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43.4 1978, Daily Journal supplement
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15.15 1978-1980
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15.16 1979-1985, other writers on Angel Falls, includes correspondence
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16.1-3 Circa 1970s
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16.4 1980s-1992
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16.5 Undated

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Series V. Ephemera, 1937-1991, undated

Alaska, 1942-1977
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16.6 Notes, includes clippings and map, 1945-1977
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16.7-8 Printed materials, includes newsletters, brochures, maps, booklets, and mementoes, 1942-1949
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16.9 "Top of the World Club" signed American, Canadian, and Russian bills from the day Japan surrendered, 1945
Angel Falls, 1948-1978
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16.10 Printed materials, 1974-1978
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16.11 Scrapbook, includes photographs, clippings, notes, and correspondence, 1948-1949
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17.1 Anti-communist and political memoranda, undated
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17.2 Business cards, undated
Clubs and associations, 1940-1984
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17.3 Assorted clubs, handbooks, 1965-1984
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17.4 New York Herald Tribune, staff newsletter, 1946
Photographers associations, magazines, newsletters, and pamphlets, 1940-1946
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17.5 Chicago Press Photographers Association, 1942-1945
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17.6 Newspaper Enterprise Association, 1942-1944
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17.7 Assorted, 1940-1946
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17.8 Colegio Americano, printed materials and story drafts (by RR?), 1958
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osf 3 Esso calendar with images by RR, 1949
Financial documents, 1955-1992
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17.9 Daily Journal (Caracas, Venezuela), includes stock certificate, 1955-1978
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17.10 Personal, circa 1940s, 1959-1961, 1992
Maps, 1940-1991
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17.11 Angel Falls, 1945-1948
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18.1, osf 4 Venezuela, 1940-1971
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18.2 Assorted, 1980-1991
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18.3-4 Original file folders
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18.5-19.2 Original negative envelopes
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19.3 Pamphlets, assorted subjects, 1943-1978, undated
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19.4-6 Scrapbook, includes clippings with stories and photographs by RR and stories about RR, 1937-1940
Travel documents, 1945-1985
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20.1 Assorted documents including health certificates, insurance documents, airline tickets, and itineraries, 1952-1973
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20.2 Expense reports, invoices, and notes, 1949-1954
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20.3 Luggage inspection tags, 1945-1946
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20.4 Passports and identification for RR and Charles Marietta, 1946-1976
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20.5 Permits and notes, 1947-1958
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20.6 Project Orinoco cruise, printed materials, 1985
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20.7 Round-the-world trip, tickets and clippings, 1952
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20.8 Venezuelan scene, pen-and-ink and watercolor sketch by Betty Wright, undated
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20.9 Waybills, professional invoices, and notes, 1946-1958
Works by others, 1975-1977
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20.10 Kamen-Kaye, Dorothy. "Ichthyotoxic Plants and the Term 'Barbasco,'" leaflet, inscribed to RR, 1977
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20.11 Vazquez-Figueroa, Alberto. "Salto Angel," typed script, 1975
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20.12 Notes
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29.3 B&w and color prints
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35.8 Color negatives

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Series VI. Pat Grant Materials, 1940s-1993

Photographs, 1940s-1985
Grant, includes images by RR, circa 1940s-1985
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29.4 Prints
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35.10 Negatives
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29.5 Grant and RR, b&w prints, circa 1947-1950
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29.6 RR, b&w and color prints, circa 1940s-1970s
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29.7 Assorted locations, circa 1947-1955, b&w prints by RR, includes Robertson's flooded house
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20.13 Clippings, 1957-1993
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20.14 Correspondence and biographical information, 1954-1993

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 Index of Works 

  • 71° 30" North (article)--5.1
  • "The Accion Democratica convention came to an end…" (article)--12.4
  • Adventure in Venezuela (book)--1.2-7
  • The Air Force's Navy in the Aleutians (photo-story)--5.1
  • Alaska Today (article)--5.1
  • "Angel Falls Diary" (article)--4.7, 41.4
  • Angel Falls Expedition (article)--5.6
  • Angels in the Outfield (article)--6.1
  • APO Minneapolis (book)--2.1-5, 5.1
  • APO Minneapolis (photo-story)--5.1
  • Arctic Shangri-Las (photo-story)--5.1
  • "As a child one of the earliest rhymes I learned…" (article)--6.3
  • "At Thursday noon Mesa Redonda (round table) conference…" (article)--12.4
  • "The Bees Are Coming!" (article)--5.10
  • The Boom is Over? (article)--12.4
  • Boomtown in the Tropics, Boomtown in the Jungles, The Captain and his Jungle Town (article)--5.5
  • "Brother Billy's Gone Pro" (article)--5.10, 6.1
  • "The Carter Watchers—Keeping in Touch" (article)--5.10
  • Churún Merú—The Tallest Angel (book)--2.6-7, 3.1
  • "Communist China: What's It Really Like?" (article series)--5.7
  • "The Communists have gained amazing strength…" (article)--12.4
  • Communists on the Move (article)--12.3
  • Dairying in the Matanuska Valley--5.1
  • Dracula Would Have Loved This Place (article)--6.1
  • Easter in Guatemala (article)--6.3
  • Easter Sunday at Barrow (article)--5.1
  • Easter Sunday at the Top of the World (photo-story)--5.1
  • The Easy Way to Angel Falls (article)--5.9
  • The Flood at Galena (lead caption material)--5.2
  • "Florida's Colossal Blunder" (article)--5.10
  • GIs Eye Our 49th State (photo-story)--5.1
  • Go the Easy Way to Angel Falls (article)--5.5
  • "Here on the banks of the Orinoco River…" (article)--5.5
  • Ho, Ho, Ho, You All (article)--6.1
  • "Holidays of Choice" (article)--5.10
  • "Inside Darkest Alaska" (article)--4.8
  • "Jungle Journey" (notes)--4.9
  • "Jungle Journey to the World's Highest Waterfall" (article/book?)--5.5-6
  • Land of the Waterfalls (article)--11.12
  • The Last Combat Mission (lead caption material)--5.1
  • Latin American Notebook (column)--3.3
  • Lindbergh—May, 50 Years Later (article)--6.1
  • Look at Laetrile (article)--6.1
  • Lost in the Lost World (diary)--4.10
  • "The Lost World of Venezuela" (lecture)--4.11
  • Missions Over the Kuriles (lead caption material)--5.1
  • "Modern Medicine—Miracles or Magic?" (article)--5.10
  • My Trip to Angel Falls (article)--5.9
  • "The Mystery of Las Llaves" (article)--5.10
  • The Night I Met St. Peter (article)--5.1, 5.9
  • Northern Light: Shooting on Top of the World, Arctic Assignment (article)--5.9
  • "Of course, rumors had been flying…" (article)--12.3
  • "Out of My Mind" (column)--3.4-5
  • The Outpost (lead caption material)--5.2
  • "Padre Quirino Estavillo of the Iglesia La Guaira in the port town…" (article)--12.3
  • "Peoria and Her People" (column)--3.6, 19.4-5
  • The Perfect Hallaca (article)--6.3
  • Pet Four (article)--5.1
  • "Photographing in the Arctic Circle is no cinch…" (article)--5.1
  • Pilgrim Springs (lead caption material)--5.2
  • Pity the Poor Consumer (article)--6.1
  • Post V-E Day at Ladd Field (article)--5.1
  • "Rafael Caldera, founder and leader of the Copei party…" (article)--12.4
  • "Remember Matanuska? It's a 10-year Old Colony Now" (article)--5.3
  • "Russians in Alaska" (article)--4.12
  • "Ruth Robertson's Notebook" (column)--3.7-12, 4.1-6, 5.5, 6.1, 40, 41.1-3
  • Search & Rescue (lead caption material)--5.2
  • Search & Rescue (photo-story)--5.1
  • Self Assignment: Venezuela's Land of the Waterfalls (article)--5.6
  • "Skyway to Asia" (article)--5.3
  • "Stranger Things Couldn't Happen to a Lady" (lecture introduction)--8.3
  • Sweating It Out (lead caption material)--5.1
  • There's No Place Like Nome (article)--5.1
  • "Three Decades: Reminiscences of Venezuela and the Journal in the Forties" (article)--5.10, 41.5
  • Tropical Alaska (article)--5.1
  • 'Tropical' Valley in the Arctic (photo-story)--5.1
  • The Tropics (article)--5.9
  • "Twain & Will Rogers Live On" (article)--5.10, 6.1
  • "The Unwanted Visitor" (article)--5.10, 6.1
  • A View of the 49th State (article)--5.1
  • Was It More than Confidence? (article)--6.1
  • "The Weavers Who Make History" (article)--5.10, 6.1
  • Welcome to the Embassy (article)--6.1
  • "Winter's End: The Birds Had a Ball" (article)--5.10, 6.1
  • "The Year Winter Ran Amok" (article)--5.10

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 Index of Correspondents 

  • ______, Art--9.6
  • ______, Clem--8.6
  • ______, Jacqueline--10.2
  • ______, Jane--9.8
  • ______, M.--10.3
  • ______, Marge---9.6
  • ______, Olie--9.6
  • ______, Phyllis--10.1
  • ______, Trudi--9.8
  • ______, Wendy--9.8
  • Acme Newspictures (New York, N.Y.)--8.5-6
  • Adams, Pat--9.8
  • Allen, Laurence Edmund, 1908-1975--12.7
  • Alvin Community College--10.4
  • American Geographical Society of New York--9.6
  • Applegate, Clara M.--12.5-6
  • Archibald, Gladys--9.7, 10.1-2, 16.10
  • B., L. C.--10.1, 10.3, 12.1
  • Blumenfeld, Harold, editor [?]--8.5
  • Boehm, David A. (David Alfred), 1914-2000--11.11
  • Bogue, Verle--8.5
  • Borah, Leo A. (Leo Arthur), b. 1889--11.9
  • Bowles, D. Peter--9.6, 10.4
  • Brandt, Bert--8.5
  • Brody, Anita B., 1935- --11.1, 13.6
  • Broz, Joseph G.--10.1, 10.3
  • Buchanan, W. A.--9.6
  • Burfiend, Triff--9.6
  • Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force--13.3
  • Cardona, Sabás--16.10
  • Carlin, Robert E.--9.8, 10.2
  • Churchill, G. W.--8.5, 11.5
  • Clinnin, John V.--8.5
  • Cohen, Harry, editor [?]--8.5
  • Community Hospital of Brazosport--12.1
  • Continental Airlines--15.12
  • Corporación de Turismo de Venezuela--10.6
  • Creole Petroleum Corporation--10.7
  • Crickmay, Helen--9.6, 10.1-2, 10.4
  • Daily journal (Caracas, Venezuela)--10.8, 17.8, 20.6
  • Day, Gladys--9.6, 10.1-2
  • Dorman, Bob--8.5
  • Dorrance & Company--11.1, 13.6
  • Downing, Neely Warden--9.8
  • Duryea, Larzelere & Hepburn--11.1, 13.6
  • Eareckson, William O.--11.2
  • Eckhardt, Fred--8.5
  • Eichenlaub, Edna Mae--8.5
  • Espey, Larry--10.3
  • Extension 729 (Radio program)--10.2
  • Fales, Samuel--9.6, 10.2, 10.4, 20.5
  • Florida Expeditionary Group--16.9
  • Fortune--9.7
  • Friendswood Public Library--10.1
  • Goodson-Todman Productions--10.2
  • Grant, Pat--14.10, 20.12
  • Green, Dwight H. (Dwight Herbert), 1897-1958--8.5
  • Grolier Incorporated--11.3
  • Grosvenor, Gilbert Hovey, 1875-1966--11.9
  • H., L. H. "Ham"--9.6
  • Halfpenny, Harold T.--8.5-6
  • Hassett, William D., 1880-1965--8.6
  • Henderson, Bruce, photojournalist--12.7, 13.1
  • Herrera, Elsie K.--10.8
  • Hildebrand, J. R. (Jesse Richardson), 1888-1951--11.9
  • Houston chronicle (Houston, Tex. : 1912)--3.3
  • Houston Consular Ladies Club--10.1
  • Howe, Gene Alexander see Tack, E. Rasmus, Kernel, 1886-1952
  • Illinois. Dept. of Finance--8.5
  • International News Photos (New York, N.Y.)--8.5
  • Jesensky, Joseph D.--10.1
  • Kamen-Kaye, Dorothy Allers--9.6, 10.4, 16.10
  • Keyser, Cheryl M.--10.1, 13.5
  • Killefer, Tom, 1917- --15.12
  • KLM (Airline)--9.6
  • Knight, Clayton, 1891-1969--11.4
  • Laime, Aleksandrs, 1911-1994--20.5
  • Lalley, Jack--9.6
  • Levy, Arthur W.--8.5
  • Life (New York, N.Y.)--8.5, 11.5, 12.4, 20.8
  • Lizarralde, Roberto--9.8
  • Lowrey, Perry O.--9.6
  • Lowrey, William C.--10.3
  • Marietta, Charles C.--20.5
  • Martin, F. I.--11.9
  • McCoy, Roxy Ann--11.7-8
  • McGammon, George A.--10.1
  • Meyer, Lawrence P.--8.5
  • Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company--9.6
  • Morganti, Lillian--10.8
  • Mydans, Carl--13.2
  • National geographic magazine--11.9, 13.6
  • National Geographic Society (U.S.)--11.9
  • Neumann, Arthur E.--8.5-6, 11.9, 13.3
  • Newill, Phyllis Kraft--9.6
  • Olds, Elizabeth Fagg--11.10
  • P. D. Review--9.6
  • Peoria (Ill.). Police Dept.--20.8
  • Peoria Municipal Band Commission--8.5
  • Phelps, William H. (William Henry), b. 1875--9.6, 11.9, 16.10
  • Popular mechanics (Chicago, Ill. : 1902)--9.7
  • Press Syndicate--8.6, 11.9, 13.3
  • Reichart, Jerry--8.5
  • Rex, William H.--8.6
  • Rosenhouse, Harvey--12.5
  • Ross, Kip--11.9, 16.10
  • Sears, Don F.--10.1
  • Simms, Edgar--8.5
  • Slane, Elza M.--8.5
  • Smith, Blake W., 1955- --10.4
  • Smith, Frances--8.6
  • Society of Woman Geographers--11.10
  • Sterling Publishing Company--11.11
  • Stotts, Ben L.--11.12
  • Stubbins, John R.--10.3, 11.1, 12.1-2, 13.6
  • Sturmer, Evelyn--10.1-2
  • Tack, E. Rasmus, Kernel, 1886-1952--9.6
  • Time, inc.--12.5-6, 13.2
  • Toronto star weekly--9.7
  • United States Trust Company of New York--10.2, 15.12
  • United States. Air Force. Air Force, 11th--8.6
  • United States. Army Air Forces. Air Transport Command--13.3
  • United States. Foreign Service--20.5
  • United States. War Dept. Bureau of Public Relations--8.5-6, 13.3
  • Vega, Marylois Purdy--10.2, 13.2
  • Venezuela. Consulado General (Houston, Tex.)--13.4
  • Venezuela. Embajada (U.S.)--9.7, 10.1, 13.5
  • Venezuela. Ministerio de la Defensa Nacional--20.5
  • Venezuela. Ministerio de Relaciones Interiores--15.15, 20.5
  • Venezuela. Oficina Central de Información--10.6
  • Waldman, Jules L.--10.8
  • Walsh, Robyn--9.8
  • Whitmore Publishing Company--10.1, 10.3, 11.1, 13.6

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