Guide to the Huber S. Manifold Scrapbook MC322

Liz Phillips
University of California, Davis Library, Dept. of Special Collections
1st Floor, Shields Library, University of California
100 North West Quad
Davis, CA 95616-5292

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis Library, Dept. of Special Collections
Title: Huber S. Manifold Scrapbook
Creator: Manifold, Huber S.
Identifier/Call Number: MC322
Physical Description: 1 volume In buckram cloth with a maroon label pasted on the front cover reading, "My Scrapbook: A book which hath been called from the flowers of all books - George Eliot." 48 pages filled with photographs and various ephemeral items followed by several unused pages. 96 black and white photographs, ranging in size from 4.25 x 2.75 inches to 7.75 x 9.75 inches. 12.75 x 10.5 inches
Date: 1938
Abstract: Scrapbook and photograph album documenting Hubert and Beatrice Manifold's road trip from the East Coast to the West Coast and back, taken with two friends.
Physical Location: Researchers should contact Archives and Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook and photograph album documenting a road trip taken by two couples, Huber S. Manifold, his wife Beatrice Manifold, and their friends, Paul and Ruth, from the east coast to the west coast and back again. The album is filled with photographs and ephemeral items that capture the sights of many of the United States National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Yellowstone, Mt. Rainier, Yosemite, Crater Lake, and Glacier National Park as they crossed the country from Pennington, New Jersey, to Seattle, Washington. On just about every page, the author has written about the area depicted on the photographs or brochures.
The scrapbook carefully and legibly documents the cross-country road trip. Each of the 48 pages is dated, the first one starting June 27, 1938, at Fort Royal, VA, the last one dated August 5th, 1938, ending in Pennington, N.J., the group's hometown. Manifold also records where the group stayed, the weather, any car trouble he had, and what the couples ate for breakfast and dinner. Two menus from the La Placita Cafe of Albuquerque, New Mexico are taped into the scrapbook, with an advertisement from the Black Cat Cafe in Flagstaff, AZ. Manifold takes careful notes about the quality of his food, and whether it was a "Mexican or Italian dinner".
The trip begins in Front Royal (1 page), moves onto Morriston and Pulaski, TN (2 pages) and then onto Ft. Smith, Arkansas; Amarillo, Texas; Cubero and Albuquerque; NM, Tuba City, Cameron, and Marble Canyon, AZ; St. George, and Ogden, Utah; Barston, San Diego, Los Angeles, Glendale, Merced, Yosemite, San Mateo, Santa Rosa, and Crescent City, CA (9 pages); Yellowstone; Rawlings, Wyoming; Bend, Oregon; Kelso, Seattle, Camano Island, Skagit, Ritzville, and Helena, Washington (7 pages); Polson, Montana; Kearney, Nebraska; Geneseo, IL; Elkhart, IN; Chatham and Hamilton, Ontario; and finally Pennington, NJ.
Most of the photographs have information written on backs about where the picture was taken, information about that particular area, and so on. Photographs include mesas and cacti in Texas; oil rigs in Oklahoma; Church of San Felipe, Church of Isleta, adobe pueblos at Isleta (all 3 of these photos show locals standing outside the church/pueblo), the San Mateo Range in NM; the Painted Desert, a trading post on a Navajo Reservation, a Hopi Village, rodeo, Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, Wawona Tunnel Tree, University Church in Palo Alto, Fisherman's Wharf, Crater Lake, Mt. Rainier, Camano Island, Skagit, Parliament building in Victoria, Glacier National Park, and Yellowstone.
Other highlights include the couples' days in New Mexico and Arizona. Manifold writes that they ate lunch in the shade in 100 + degree heat but did get to visit Adobe Pueblo houses. In Tuba City, AZ, the group drove through Native American Reservations and spoke to some of the residents of the area. Manifold referred to the Native American populace of Moencopie Hopi Indian village as "rather progressive."
On July 4, 1938, Manifold and his group attended a "Southwest Indian Pow Wow." He taped in six photographs of scenes from the festival, five of which show various feats of horsemanship, the sixth showing a group of what appear to be the festival participants competing in the "Better Indian Babies Contest." The Black Cat Cafe advertisement contains the itinerary for the three-day festival, listing the 82 individual names of the Native American men participating in the events. The men were from a few different tribes: the Hopi, the Navajo, the Apache, the Ute, the Havasupai, the Maricopa, the Hualapai, and the Paiute.
The Fourth of July itinerary of the contest lists events like "The Better Indian Babies Contest," Bronco riding, calf roping, half-mile bareback cow pony race, bulldogging, bronco riding, and others. The night program lists seventeen dances, songs, and chants performed by the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, Kiowa, and Apache people. On this page Manifold has also taped in a program for the Petrified Forest Monument of Arizona, listing the stop as "very much worthwhile."
The next page has photographs of the Grand Canyon, with the page after it depicting the sights of Zion National Park. Other national landmarks Manifold and his group visited include Boulder Dam (now the Hoover Dam), with a brochure taped in discussing highlights and fun facts about the dam. Manifold notes that he enjoyed "the talkies of the dam construction at Boulder City".
The following pages review the group's visit to Los Angeles, then San Diego, with several brochures from their stops such as the horse racing track at Santa Anita, Old Town San Diego (with two brochures advertising it as Ramona's birthplace, the protagonist from Helen Hunt Jackson's novel), and three photographs from San Juan Capistrano. Manifold also taped in a brochure from Yosemite, with a map and activities to do in the park noted. The photographs on this page depict Bridal Veil Falls, and Mirror Lake.
The group swings north to Palo Alto and then to San Francisco, with a photograph of Fisherman's Wharf and a panoramic view of a harbor from Coit Hill. The caption on this photograph says "F.D.R. reviews the fleet. F.D.R. is aboard S.S. Houston. S.S. Pennsylvania - flagship - has just fired its salute." S.S. Pennsylvania would later suffer minor damage at Pearl Harbor.
After San Francisco, the group drove north to Bend, OR, with a few pictures of Crater Lake taped in the scrapbook. After Bend, Manifold and his party traveled on to Seattle, WA. They toured Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier, and the Weyerhaeuser Timber Co. The liability waiver releasing the Timber Co. from any responsibility in regards to potential accidents or death is pasted in with Manifold's signature. The waiver warns tourists to not smoke, and to not speak to the employees. Manifold writes "Weyerhaeuser Timber Co. - largest in world - spent a very enjoyable + profitable two and a half hours on the grounds of the plant".
On a later page, the group tours the City of Seattle's Department of Lighting, with a Lady's Souvenir Ticket (printed on pink paper) and a Man's Souvenir Ticket (printed on blue paper) pasted in. On July 24th, when the group is visiting friends in Washington State, there are three photographs of the traveling party (Paul, Bee, Ruth, and Huber). On the way back, Manifold pasted in the Motorists Guide to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, with a holiday card from Paul and Ruth showing Heavens Peak in Glacier National Park laid in.
The last two notable stops in the groups' road trip include Yellowstone National Park and the Chicago Stock Exchange. For Yellowstone's page, Manifold taped in a picture of Bee and Ruth at the Continental Divide with two photographs of grizzly bears eating lunch out of a lake. He also included two photographs of Old Faithful. For the Chicago Stock Exchange, Manifold taped in two brochures. On the way back the group stopped in Ontario, Canada, to visit relatives. From there they drove home to New Jersey.
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Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Liz Phillips created this finding aid with information supplied by Buckingham Books.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Buckingham Books, 2021.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Huber S. Manifold Scrapbook, MC322, Archives and Special Collections, UC Davis Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

San Francisco (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
Yellowstone National Park -- Pictorial works
Yosemite National Park (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
Hopi Indians -- Pictorial works
Grand Canyon (Ariz.) -- Pictorial works
Arizona -- Pictorial works
Utah -- Pictorial works
Washington (State), Western -- Pictorial works
Manifold, Huber S. -- Archives
Michael and Margaret B. Harrison Western Research Center