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Title Frances Shaw West Indies Cruise
Date Feb-Mar 1935
Document type Travel Journal; Map
Description Notes written by Frances Shaw during a cruise around the West Indies, offering advice for anyone taking the same trip on a later date. For example she suggests that people pre-book their dining reservations with the tourist office to ensure they are seated in the same room as the Captain's table and gives suggestions about booking cabins and checking luggage. She also writes small entries about the Virgin Islands, Martinique, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Granada, describing the scenery, the harbours and the botanical gardens visited.
Biographical information Wealthy Chicago and Lake Forest traveler, poet, and playwright. Frances Wells Shaw was born in Chicago in 1872. Her mother died when she was an infant, so her father, Moses Wells, a successful shoe manufacturer, sent for a relative to care for her and her older sister. They grew up in a house on Michigan Avenue. Frances Wells was educated at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. In 1893 she married Howard Van Doren Shaw, a long-time family friend and one of Chicago’s leading architects. He was later to design many homes in the Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods of Chicago, as well as of Market Square in Lake Forest, where he and Frances Shaw raised a family with three daughters. Frances Wells Shaw and Howard Van Doren Shaw traveled together in the United States and other countries around the world. After his death in 1926, she resumed her travels, alone, going even farther from home-to the Far East. She traveled by motor car, by bus, by railroad, on cruise ships, by freight packet (down the Mississippi River), and by donkey (up Mt. Aetna). Her adventurous and interesting travels made her a well known speaker on travel topics in Chicago clubs. Many of her verses were published in Poetry magazine. She was the author of several plays. She died in 1937.
Theme(s) Package Tours, Cruises and Organised Travel  Women and Tourism  
Regions Central and South America  Caribbean  United States of America  
Country/State Mexico  Cuba  Florida  Jamaica  Venezuela  Trinidad and Tobago  
Ships M.V Britannic
Keywords itinerary, cruise, tourists, excursion, hotel, church, city, lake, food, beach, motor car
Visual content
Collection Frances Wells Shaw Papers, 1866-1976 (bulk 1925-1937)
Reference Series 3: Travel Diaries with Notes, Receipts, and Ephemera, 1906-1936
Library The Newberry Library
Language English
Additional information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Newberry Library catalogue.
Copyright The Newberry Library
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue