Skip to main content
COLLECTION Identifier: 1111--94-M173

Records of the Women's Rest Tour Association, 1891-1992


Records of the Women's Rest Tour Association and its successor organization, the Traveler's Information Exchange, document its efforts to inform and support women travelers.


  • Creation: 1891-1992

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Women's Rest Tour Association is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


3 linear feet ((3 cartons) plus 5 photograph folders, 1 folio file folder)

Collection includes histories, by-laws, minutes, reports, correspondence, announcements and circulars, membership lists, clippings, photographs, memorabilia, and publications, including A Summer in England, with a continental supplement: A Hand-book for the Use of American Women, Lodging List, American Lodging List, Lodging List of the Americas, and Foreign Lodging List. Also included are records of the Traveler's Information Exchange. Consult the Library's catalog for holdings of the magazine, the Pilgrim Scrip.

Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].


The Women's Rest Tour Association (Boston, Mass.) was established by Alice Brown, Maria G. Reed, Anna C. Murdock, and Louise Imogen Guiney in 1891 to give advice to women traveling abroad. Its first president was Julia Ward Howe. Known for its publications listing accommodations for women travelers, it began publishing A Summer in England in 1891 and the Pilgrim Scrip magazine and Lodging List in 1892. Other publications included the American Lodging List, Lodging List of the Americas, and the Foreign Lodging List. At times during its existence the Women's Rest Tour Association used office space at the Women's Education and Industrial Union in Boston, which helped to support its work. In 1955 its name was changed to the Women's Rest Tour Association for Interchange of Travel Information, and in 1976 the name was changed again to Traveler's Information Exchange.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 1111, 74-226, 93-M37, 94-M173

The papers of the Women's Rest Tour Association were given to the Schlesinger Library by Helen R. Norton, 1967; Baker Library, 1974; Mary Maynard, 1993; and the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, 1994.

Processing Information

Processed: September 2009

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated photograph description: June 2016

By: Lillianne Keaney

Women's Rest Tour Association (Boston, Mass). Records of the Women's Rest Tour Association, 1891-1992: A Container List
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Schlesinger collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

3 James St.
Cambridge MA 02138 USA