Explorers, Travelers, Tourists: Europeans Abroad in the Age of Empire

Below is a list of selected primary source materials from the ZSR Special Collections. The list includes both published and manuscript sources documenting European travel and exploration in Africa and Asia in the early 19th through mid-20th centuries. Additional sources on this topic are available in Special Collections.



  • A Visit to Mahatma Gandhi: Letter from Charles Lee Smith to his children, describing his 1924 visit with Gandhi during a trip to India. CL Smith Collection N-14-14C
  • Clarence Herbert New travel materials: Annotated travel scrapbooks, photo albums, and maps from New’s voyages around the world. Most materials date from ca. 1880-1900. Clarence Herbert New and Robert Warrington New Papers, MS577