This collection focuses on the travel writings of American journalist and explorer Lewis Freeman (1878-1960),
from the early 1900s through the 1950s. The collection also includes some personal and professional correspondence and
manuscripts, photographs, and diaries including those of trips to Alaska (1898-1900) and the Canadian Rockies (1916).
Much of the correspondence consists of responses from various publications in response to Freeman’s proposed books and articles
the collection includes items reflecting on Freeman's extensive travel experiences and writings about trips to India, the
South America, Canada, Cuba, along the Mississippi River, Samoa, Hawaii, China, French Polynesia, and Indonesia.
Lewis Ransome Freeman (1878-1960) was born in Genoa Junction, Wisconsin, and moved to
Pasadena, California, as a child. After graduating from Stanford University he spent
many of the years between 1899 and 1912 traveling in North and South America, Asia,
Africa, and the Pacific Islands. In addition to his extensive travels, Freeman was
also an accomplished athlete, lettering in football, baseball, tennis, and track
while attending Stanford. He coached the University of Southern California football
team in 1897, and in 1903 won the single and doubles titles at the Ojai Valley
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