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Finding aid of the Lottie L. Tillotson Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Dates: 1850-1916
    Bulk Dates: 1896-1903
    Collection number: 90.253.4125
    Creator: Tillotson, Lottie L.
    Collection Size: 8.75 linear feet
    Repository: Autry National Center. Institute for the Study of the American West
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Abstract: The Lottie L. Tillotson collection contains material that Tillotson collected on her travels throughout the American West between 1896 and 1903.
    Physical location: Autry Library, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/research_application.php or contact library staff at (323) 667-2000.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry Library, Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item identification] , 90.253.4125. Autry Library, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

    Acquisition Information

    Rosenstock Collection of Western Americana.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Little is known about Lottie Tillotson. What is known about her can only be guessed based on the material in the collection, since she left no diary or other information about herself behind. She was clearly an educated woman of some means, for she made trips of long duration and to many destinations over a period of about seven years (1896-1903). She visited no fewer than 21 states; she even ventured to the Klondyke in 1902. She was most likely single, for no husband or family members appear in any of the photographs. She did have traveling companions, however, who can be seen in some of the photos that were most likely taken by Tilltoson herself. There is one photograph of Tillotson at Eagle Rock in the Petrified Forest in Arizona (see Arizona photographs).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Lottie L. Tillotson collection contains material that Tillotson collected on her travels throughout the American West between 1896 and 1903. The collection contains a few hundred stereocards and photographs, as well as travel brochures, magazines, books and viewbooks from the places she visited. Each piece is inscribed with her name, and the date that she visited the location. Most of the images in the collection come from California, Wyoming, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, North and South Dakota and Washington. Yellowstone Park, Yosemite, and the Indians of the Southwest seem to have been among Tillotsons favorite topics.
    The collection is broken down into five series: monographs (viewbooks, promotional material, books), photographs (boxes 4-10), postcards (box 10), serials (magazines and journals; box 11) and stereocards (boxes 12-13). The photographs and stereocards comprise the bulk of the collection. There are 446 photographs, plus an album containing 24 more photographs; 361 stereocards; 64 monographs; and 55 magazines and journals covering six different titles. The postcard series is quite small; there are three individual postcards as well as one mailer containing 22 views from Salt Lake City.


    Organized into five series: mongraphs, photographs, postcards, serials and stereocards.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Tillotson, Lottie L.
    Women travelers -- West (U.S.)
    Tourism -- West (U.S.)
    Resorts -- West (U.S.)
    West (U.S.) -- Description and travel