Guide to the Al Richards Travel Collection

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Guide to the Al Richards Travel Collection 1953/1961

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Al Richards Travel Collection
Dates: 1953-1961
Identification: MS-0199
Creator: Richards, Al
Physical Description: 2.50 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

Al Richards, a real estate salesman from San Bernardino county, traveled extensively throughout the world during the 1950s. Upon returning from his travels, Richards would lecture, show slides, and write stories about his experiences.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Personal Name:

Richards, Al -- Archives
Richards, Al -- Travel -- Sources

Topical Term:

Real estate agents -- California -- San Bernardino County -- Biography -- Sources
Voyages and travels -- History -- 20th century -- Sources

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Al Richards Travel Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Manuscripts and Tour-Related Materials
Series II: Photographic Materials

Scope and Contents

The collection includes biographical information, manuscripts of travel memoirs, photographs, negatives, slides, maps, journal entries, and notes.

Detailed List of Contents


Manuscripts and Tour-Related Materials

Box 1, Folder 1

Babies Friend

Box 1, Folder 2

It Happened in Sumatra

Box 1, Folder 3

Egyptian Courtesy

Box 1, Folder 4

Lost City of the Incas

Box 1, Folder 5

Portobelo and the Black Christ Festival

Box 1, Folder 6

Romancing through the Caribbean

Box 1, Folder 7

Pardon Me

Box 1, Folder 8

The Tract Home

Box 1, Folder 9

A Visit to the Faroe Islands

Box 1, Folder 10

Up a Crocodile Ditch in a Tub (Chapters I-VII)

Box 1, Folder 11

Up a Crocodile Ditch in a Tub (Chapters VII-XIX)

Box 1, Folder 12

Romancing through the Latins

Box 1, Folder 13

Death, take the Devil's Island

Box 1, Folder 14

So I Visited Russian and Poland

Box 1, Folder 15

Untitled Manuscripts

Box 1, Folder 16


Box 1, Folder 17

"Funway thru South America and the Caribbean" travel book 1953

Box 1, Folder 18

Notes/journal entries

Box 1, Folder 19

Maps/tour information

Box 1, Folder 20

Postcards-Sent and Received

Box 1, Folder 21

Biographical Information


Photographic Materials

Box 1, Folder 22

Al Richards

Box 1, Folder 23

Photos to accompany Romancing through the Caribbean

Box 1, Folder 24

Photos to accompany Romancing through the Latins

Box 1, Folder 25

Lake Elisnore Home

Box 1, Folder 26


Box 1, Folder 27

San Blas

Box 1, Folder 28


Box 1, Folder 29


Box 1, Folder 30


Box 1, Folder 31

West Indies

Box 1, Folder 32


Box 1, Folder 33

St. Lucia

Box 1, Folder 34


Box 1, Folder 35


Box 1, Folder 36


Box 1, Folder 37


Box 1, Folder 38

Faroes Islands

Box 1, Folder 39


Box 1, Folder 40


Box 1, Folder 41

St. Vincent

Box 1, Folder 42


Box 1, Folder 43


Box 1, Folder 44


Box 1, Folder 45


Box 1, Folder 46

Unidentified Photographs

Box 1, Folder 47

Unidentified Negatives

Box 1, Folder 48

Round the World 1934-35

Box 1, Folder 49

Round the World 1934-35

Box 2

Balkan Cruise 1936

Box 2

35mm slides