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Harold L. Stuart travel scrapbooks

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Stuart

Scope and Content of the Collection

Scrapbooks containing travel ephemera and narratives compiled by Harold L. Stuart between 1912 and 1939. Each scrapbook documents a separate trip to Europe made by Stuart. His brother Charles traveled with him during 1924 and 1926, and his sister Harriet flew with him to England in 1939. The scrapbook for his 1912-1913 trip includes a handwritten index of scrapbooks volumes. Only volumes 1, 2, 6, and 8 are part of the collection, and the final 3 scrapbooks are from years after those listed in the index.

Stuart primarily documents his trips to England, Scotland, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Belgium. He collected ephemera from many ocean liners, including the RMS Mauretania, RMS Carmania, RMS Franconia, SS St. Louis, RMS, Majestic, RMS Aquitania, RMS Olympic, and SS Bremen. He also traveled to England in 1939 on a Boeing 314, the “Yankee Clipper”, operated by Pan American Airways.

Stuart provides an almost daily narrative of his activities for each trip with descriptions of the weather, work, meals, social activities, and entertainment. The scrapbook for his 1915 trip provides some commentary on World War I. Types of materials include ship passenger lists, menus, hotel stationary, postcards, theater and concert programs, correspondence, tickets, cablegrams and telegrams, maps, photographs, ocean liner newspapers, golf ephemera, and clippings.


  • Creation: 1912-1939



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Harold L. Stuart travel scrapbooks are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Harold L. Stuart travel scrapbooks are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Harold L. Stuart

Prominent Chicago investment banker.

Harold Leonard Stuart was born to George Stuart and Eliza Aborn Barnes on August 29, 1881 in Providence, Rhode Island. The Stuart family moved to Chicago in 1891. Stuart began working at a young age at a printing firm and Marshall Field & Company. In 1903, he became the manager of the Chicago office of N. W. Halsey Company, a New York investment firm. After N. W. Halsey died in 1911, Stuart purchased the Chicago office and founded the firm Halsey, Stuart & Company. Stuart became a leading figure in the Chicago financial community and was active in the national and international investment banking field.

Stuart died June 10, 1966 in Chicago and was buried in Swan Point Cemetery in Rhode Island.


5.6 Linear Feet (7 scrapbooks in 5 boxes)


Scrapbooks compiled by Chicago investment banker Harold L. Stuart documenting his travels in Europe from 1912 to 1939. Contains travel ephemera and written narratives of each trip.


Arranged chronologically.

Collection Stack Location

1 39 1


Gift, Angeline Stotis and Katherine V. Stotis, 2015.

Processed by

Catherine Grandgeorge, 2017.

Inventory of the Harold L. Stuart travel scrapbooks, 1912-1939
Catherine Grandgeorge
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States