Finding Aid for the Everett Pomeroy 1/2 Snap shot at Mexico, 1900

Cataloged by Jonathan Naito, with assistance from Jain Fletcher and Laurel McPhee, August 2004; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Everett Pomeroy 1/2 Snap shot at Mexico
Date (inclusive): 1900
Collection number: 170/567
Creator: Pomeroy, Everett, 1839-
Extent: 109 leaves : paper, ill., photos ; 240 x 197 mm. bound to 253 x 213 mm.
Abstract: A typescript of a travelogue detailing Everett Pomeroy's 1900 trip to Mexico, supplemented with 71 photographs and illustrations. The journal includes observations on Mexican culture and history, but is mainly focused on the excitements and frustrations of a Catholic American tourist in Mexico at the turn of the century.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Processing Note

Cataloged by Jonathan Naito, with assistance from Jain Fletcher and Laurel McPhee, August 2004, in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT).

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Everett Pomeroy 1/2 Snap shot at Mexico (Collection Number 170/567). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Everett Pomeroy was born in 1839 and lived in New Orleans, Louisiana. The manuscript indicates that he was a Catholic American, and that he entered Mexico on December 31, 1899. He was also the author of "The Great Reformation," a Great Mistake ... by a Layman (1912).

Scope and Content

Pomeroy traveled from El Paso, Texas to Mexico City, stopping off at Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Aguas Calientes, Guadalajara, and Guanajuato along the way. The manuscript largely consists of observations on the daily hardships of an American tourist in Mexico; at several points, Pomeroy offers lengthy remarks on hotels and tourist spots. He is also deeply interested in the troubled relationship between the Catholic Church and the Mexican government under Porfirio Diaz, a government he perceives as dangerously liberal and anti-Catholic. The author has included two newspaper clippings that support his assertions. Pomeroy's understanding of Mexican history is heavily dependent upon William H. Prescott's History of the Conquest of Mexico, a work to which he makes repeated reference in the text.
Some of the travelogue's more interesting components are its numerous photographs. Several of the photographs are part of numbered series: five from No. 316-403; fourteen from No. 5202-5660, four from No. 5604-5660; and four from B2166-B2180; ten photographs are hand-colored. The photographs in the series depict prominent buildings and well-known tourist sites, while the hand-colored photographs depict Mexicans in traditional dress engaged in everyday activities.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Pomeroy, Everett, 1839--Diaries.
Pomeroy, Everett, 1839--Travel--Mexico.
Mexico--Description and travel--Pictoral works.
Mexico--Social life and customs--Pictoral works.

Genres and Forms of Material

Manuscripts.

Related Material

Bound Manuscripts Collection (Collection 170)  . Available at the Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Container List

 

ff. 12r-19r: Crossing from El Paso, Texas to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua

 

ff. 20r-23v: Chihuahua

 

ff. 24r-29r: Discussion of the sombrero and the serape

 

ff. 29r-31r: Zacatecas

 

ff. 31r-43r: Aguas Calientes

Scope and Content Note

includes an extensive description of hotels
 

ff. 44r-48r: Guadalajara

Scope and Content Note

includes a discussion of local duck hunting methods
 

ff. 49r-95r: Mexico City

Scope and Content Note

includes a version of the story of the founding of Mexico City and the arrival of Cortez with several references to William H. Prescott's History of the Conquest of Mexico
 

ff. 60r-72r: Plaza de Armas, the Zócalo, the Cathedral of Mexico and a discussion of Mexican churches in general

 

ff. 71r-77r: Discussion of the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Diaz government in Mexico

Scope and Content Note

an anonymous critical newspaper article, "The Church in Mexico," is folded between 72v-73r
 

ff. 76r-86r: Religious practices of the Aztecs and the positive influence of Catholicism

Scope and Content Note

includes a newspaper article about the positive role of Catholicism in Mexico (85v)
 

ff. 96r-108r: Leaving Mexico and returning to the United States.