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Finding Aid for the Everett Pomeroy 1/2 Snap shot at Mexico, 1900
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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 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 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 Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library 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 170/567). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5022760 


    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.


    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


    Related Material

    Bound Manuscripts Collection (Collection 170)  . Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.