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Travel Literature: South America
Main square and Church of San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador
from What's Next Pizarro? by 1935 Furman alumnus, Raymond Dyches
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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: postcards from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru.
  • Diane Hopkins-Hughs Collection: contains National Geographic magazines from 1967 through 1982 describing various aspects of South American politics, cultures, and geography.
  • Robert Tucker Collection: travel memorabilia, brochures, and a handwritten travelogue from Robert Tucker's 1978 travels in South America.
II. Books and Published Materials

19th Century
  • Sunny memories of foreign lands, Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1854
  • Christ in the silver lands, James C. Quarles, 1935
  • Travels, explorations, and empires: writings from the era of imperial expansion, 1770-1835, general editors Tim Fulford and Peter J. Kitson
  • Nineteenth-century travels, explorations, and empires: writings from the era of imperial consolidation, 1835-1910, general editor Peter J. Kitson
20th Century
  • South America to-day; a study of conditions, social, political and commercial in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, by Georges Clemenceau, 1911
  • South America, James Bryce, 1914
  • Hacia la cumbre, Juan Stefanich, 1914
  • Understanding South America, by Clayton Sedgwick Cooper, 1918
  • South America from a surgeon's point of view, Franklin H. Martin, 1922
  • 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.
  • Flight to Everywhere: A Picture Journey over 32,000 miles of Air Transport Command Routes through jungle, desert and arctic, Ivan Dmitri, 1944
  • What’s next, Pizarro? Discovering Mexico, Central and South America by Volkswagen, by Raymond and Kenneth Dyches, Kenneth Dyches, 1968
III. Materials Covering Multiple Categories
  • "Jesus in the Profane and the Beautiful," Sarah Dyer, Jottings, Vol. IV, 2008-2009
IV. Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
16th Century

Please note that the materials listed here represent travels during the 16th century, although the publication dates may be later.
  • The Indian militia and description of the Indies, Bernardo de Vargas Machuca, 1599
19th Century

Please note that the materials listed here represent travels during the 19th century, although the publication dates may be later.
  • Sketch of the present state of Caracas [microform]: including a journey from Caracas theough La Victoria and Valencia to Puerto Cabello, Robert Semple
  • Working North from Patagonia; Being the Narrative of a Journey, Earned On the Way, Through Southern and Eastern South America, Harry Alverson Franck, 1921
  • Along the Paraná and the Amazon, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Frank G. Carpenter, 1925
  • The purple land, W. H. Hudson, 1927
  • Venezuela, Erna Fergusson, 1939
  • Journeys in Time, from the halls of Montezuma to Patagonia’s plains; a treasury, garnered from four centuries of writers (1519-1942), with comments, profiles, and personal experiences, Blair Nile, 1946
  • South from the Spanish Main: South America seen through the eyes of its discoverers, edited by Earl Parker Hanson, 1967
  • For science and national glory; the Spanish scientific expedition to America, 1862-1866, Robert Ryal Miller, 1968
  • A New Voyage Round the World, with an introduction by Sir Albert Gray, and a new introduction by Percy G. Adams, William Dampier, 1968
  • Viceroyalties of the West; the Spanish Empire in Latin America, Roderick William Cameron, 1968
  • A concise history of Spanish America, compiled by John Campbell, with a new introduction by D. H. Simpson, John Campbell, 1972
  • Latin America in the Nineteenth Century; a selected bibliography of books of travel and description published in English, A. Curtis Wilgus, 1973
  • Images of History: Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Latin American Photographs as Documents, Robert M Levine, 1989
20th century
  • Discovering South America, Lewis Ransome Freeman, 1940
  • Meet the South Americans, Carl Crow, 1941
  • Inside Latin America, John Gunter, 1941
  • South America Rediscovered, Tom Bard Jones, 1949
  • South American Journey, Waldo David Frank, 1943
  • To the South, in collaboration with Lenore Sorsby, Kurt Severin, 1944
  • Geography of Latin America: A Regional Analysis, Kempton Evans Webb, 1972
  • Beggars on Golden Stools: Report on Latin America, Peter Schmid, 1975
  • Windows on Latin America: Understanding Society through Photographs, 1987
  • Images of History: Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Latin American Photographs as Documents, Robert M Levine, 1989
  • Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation, Mary Louise Pratt, 1992
  • The middle passage: The Caribbean revisited, V.S. Naipaul, 2002
  • Robert Jackson Alexander papers:  the interview collection, 1947-1994, microfilm, General Collection
    Online guide to the collection
  • At the tomb of the inflatable pig: travels through Paraguay, John Gimlette, 2003
V. Online Resources at Furman
VI. Web Sites