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Travel Literature: Asia, Twentieth Century
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For the purposes of this web page, included in "Asia" are the following: China, Greece, India, Japan, Mongolia, eastern Russia, and Siberia.

Please note that items in bold are described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item. Other items are described in guides in Special Collections and Archives.


I. Manuscript and Archival
  • John L. Plyler, Jr. Postcard Collection: contains mid-twentieth century postcards from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, and Vietnam.
  • Diane Hopkins-Hughs Collection: contains National Geographic magazines from 1961 through 1991 describing various aspects of Asian politics, life, and cultures.
II. Books and Published Materials
  • A Son of Satsuma; or, With Perry in Japan Kirk Munroe, 1901
  • Evolution in my mission views; or, Growth of gospel mission principles in my own mind, Tai-an-fu, China, 1852-1902 Tarleton Perry Crawford, 1903
  • The Little Brown Brother, by Stanley Portal Hyatt, 1908 [Philippine Islands]
  • Selected Letters of Anna Heyward Taylor, South Carolina Artist and World Traveler, by Edmund R. Taylor and Alexander Moore: Anna Heyward Taylor (1879–1956) traveled extensively during her lifetime, studying art in Europe and exploring the art and cultures of British Guiana (Guyana), Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and Japan. She moved to Charleston in 1929, where she became a significant contributor to the Charleston Renaissance through her watercolors and wood block prints.
  • Fifty years in China; an eventful memoir of Tarleton Perry Crawford, D. D. Rev. L. S. Foster
  • An army officer on leave in Japan, including a sketch of Manila and environment, Philippine insurrection of 1896-7, Dewey's battle of Manila Bay and a description of Formosa L. Mervin Maus, 1911
  • Through Siberia, the land of the future, Fridtjof Nansen, tr. by Arthur G. Chater, 1914
  • On the trail of ancient man; a narrative of the field work of the Central Asiatic Expeditions, by Roy Chapman Andrews, with 58 photographs by J.B. Shackelford, 1926
  • Glimpses of Baptist work in Burma: Burman Baptist convention 86th meeting, 1954
III. Materials Covering Multiple Categories
  • Flight to Everywhere: A Picture Journey over 32,000 miles of Air Transport Command Routes through jungle, desert and arctic, Ivan Dmitri, 1944
  • Literature of travel and exploration: an Encyclopedia, Jennifer Speake, editor, bibliographies and historiographies
  • The Norton book of travel, editor Paul Fussell, 1987 travel writing of notable authors
  • Return passages: great American travel writing, 1780-1910 Larzer Ziff
  • The Mind of the Traveler : From Gilgamesh to global tourism, Eric J. Leed
  • Nineteenth-Century Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Consolidation, 1835-1910, Edited Susan Schoenbauer, 2003
  • Women Writing Home, 1700-1920 Klaus Stierstorfer, 2006, 6 volume collection of women's letters from across the former British Empire includes Africa, India, USA, Canada and others
  • The Working Christian/ The Baptist Courier 1869 to present
IV. Artifacts
V. Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
  • Incredible Siberia, Junius B. Wood, 1928, General Collection
  • 40,000 against the Arctic; Russia's polar empire, H. P. Smolka, 1937, General Collection
  • Seven years in Tibet, Heinrich Harrer, translated by Richard Graves, 1954, General Collection
  • The endless steppe; growing up in Siberia, Esther Hautzig, 1968
  • In Siberia, Colin Thubron, 1999, General Collection
  • Great Women Travel Writers: from 1750 to the present, editor Alba Amoia and Bettina L. Knapp, 2005, General Collection
  • Encyclopedia of Exploration, 4 volumes, 4th volume 1850-1940, editor John Raymond Howgego, 2003-2008, Reference Collection
  • Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, editor, Kelly Boyd, Reference Collection
  • International historical statistics : Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-2000 B.R. Mitchell, 2003, Reference Collection
  • Encyclopedia of Asian history, prepared under the auspices of the Asia Society ; Ainslie T. Embree, editor in chief, 1998
VI. Online Resources at Furman
VII. Web Sites