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Arents Grand Tour Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Arents, George, 1875-1960.
Title: Arents Grand Tour Collection
Inclusive Dates: circa 1900-1925
Quantity: 9 linear ft.
Abstract: Commercially printed photograph albums of cities and sites of interest in countries around the world.
Language: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Croatian, Russian, Portuguese
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

George Arents, Jr. (1875-1960) was an American businessman. He studied at Columbia University and received his master's degree from Syracuse University at the age of 57. His father and great-uncle were founders of the Allen & Ginter Tobacco Company, which later became the American Tobacco Company. In 1922 Arents became a director of the American Tobacco Company and from 1924 he was the treasurer of both the American Machine and Foundry and International Cigar Machinery. He was also a collector of books and other published material relating to tobacco. He and his wife Lena made substantial gifts to Syracuse University; in recognition of their generosity, the department of rare books and special collections at Bird Library was for many years known as the George Arents Research Library.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Arents Grand Tour Collection consists of dozens of photograph albums of cities and sites of interest in countries around the world. Countries represented include Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, the U.K., most of Europe, Iceland, Malta, several Scandinavian countries, Tunisia, Turkey, Yugoslavia, and more.

All but two of the albums are commercially produced and printed; some of the smaller booklets are perforated and intended to be used as postcards. The two volumes of "Wanderings in Spain and Portugal" appear to contain original photographs taken by the Arentses during their travels through those two countries, with handwritten captions.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by country and within that by city.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Arents, George, 1875-1960.
Arents, Lena.


Voyages and travels.


Africa -- Description and travel.
Asia -- Description and travel.
Australia -- Description and travel.
Europe -- Description and travel.
North America -- Description and travel.

Genres and Forms

Photograph albums.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Arents Grand Tour Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of George and Lena Arents.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 8 Nov 2010
Revision history: 8 Dec 2016 - inventory added (MRC); 10 Jan 2019 - added related material links, removed 2 Berlin photoalbums that were part of Krasner collection, rehoused, inventory updated/corrected (MRC)

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Box 1 Algeria (5 albums in 2 folders)
Places: Algiers, Blida
Album titles: Alger [red]; Alger [brown]; Souvenir d'Alger [blue]; Souvenir d'Alger [red]; Blida et Gorges de la Chiffa
Box 1 Australia (1 album in 1 folder)
Places: New South Wales
Album titles: One Hundred Photographic Pictures of Places of Interest in New South Wales, including Visitors Resorts, Buildings, Shipping, &c.
Box 1 Austria (10 albums in 4 folders)
Places: Gmunden, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Salzkammergut, Kitzbühel, Tyrol and Vorarlberg, Vienna
Album titles: Erinnerung in der Salzkammergut; Innsbruck; Salzburg; Gisela-Bahn; Tirol und Vorarlberg; Album von Wien; Erinnerung an Wien; Das Neue Wien; Wien [red]; Wien [green]
Box 1 Belgium (6 albums in 2 folders)
Places: Anvers, Brussels
Album titles: 24 Vues de la ville d'Anvers; Souvenir d'Anvers; Bruxelles; Souvenir de Bruxelles [blue]; Souvenir de Bruxelles [red with gold]; Souvenir de Bruxelles [red with gold and black];
Box 2 Cambodia (1 album in 1 folder)
Places: Angkor-Wat
Album titles: Le temple d'Angkor-Vath Angkor-Wat
For the towns of Opatija (Abbazie) and Rijeka (Fiume), which are in modern-day Croatia, see Yugoslavia.
Box 2 Czechoslovakia (5 albums in 3 folders)
Places: Karlsbad, Prague
Album titles: Karlsbad; [untitled, red and gold]; [untitled, red and gold]; Praha Prague; Praha Prague ПРАГА
Box 2 Denmark (1 album in 1 folder)
Places: Roskilde
Album titles: Roskilde Domkirke
Box 2 England, B-L (12 albums in 4 folders)
Places: Bedford, Blackpool, Colchester, London
Album titles: Rock's Royal Bedford Cabinet Album; The Album of Blackpool Views; Rock's Royal Colchester Cabinet Album; Album of London Views [red, title in script]; Album of London Views [red, title in block letters]; London Views; The New Album of London; The Royal Album of London View; Views of London; The Royal Album of Crystal Palace Views; The Temple; Views of the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey
Box 3 England, M-W (7 albums in 3 folders)
Places: Manchester, Newbury, Salisbury, Torquay, Warwick, Windsor
Album titles: The Album of Manchester Views; The Sixpenny Album of Newbury Views; Views of Salisbury; The Album of Torquay Views; Views of Warwick, Kenilworth, and Shakespeare's Country; The Royal Album of Windsor Views; The Album of Windsor Views
Box 3 France, A-C (7 albums in 3 folders)
Places: Biarritz, Carcasonne, Chamonix, Charters, Chenonceaux
Album titles: Automobile Trip 1903 [very large foldout map in hard covers and slipcase]; Biarritz; Biarritz St. Jean-de-Luz; Cité de Carcasonne; Souvenir Vallée de Chamonix; Cathédrale de Chartres; Chenonceaux
Box 4 France, C-V (28 albums in 9 folders)
Places: Cheverny, Chinon, Fontainebleau, Grande Corniche, Langeais, Loup (river), Marseille, Mont St. Michel, Nice, Nîmes, Paris, the Pyrenees, Quimper, Rheims, Strasbourg, Vaux (and other forts); Verdun, Versailles
Album titles: Cheverny; Chinon; Fontainebleau, Le Chateau; Circuit de la Grande Corniche; Excursion de la Grande Corniche; Langeais; Les Gorges de Loup; Marseille; Souvenir de Marseille; Le Mont St. Michel; Souvenir de Nice et Monte Carlo; Nîmes et ses Environs; La Conciergerie; Paris; Expiatory Chapel Louis XVI Square; Hôtel des Invalides; Pantheon; Sacre-Coeur, Montmartre; Mon excursion dans les Pyrenees; Mon voyage aux Pyrenees; La Route des Pyrenees; Quimper; Ce qu'etait Reims ce quelle est devenue; Souvenir von Strassburg; Le Circuit des Forts: Vaux, Douaumont, L'Ossuaire, la Tranchée des Baïonettes; Album souvenir Verdun; Versailles; Souvenir Versailles et Trianons
Oversize 1 France, Paris (1 album)
Places: Paris
Album titles: Exposition Universelle de Paris 1889
Box 4 France, V (cont.) (1 album in 1 folder)
Places: Versailles
Album titles: Versailles et les Trianons, Vues Photographiques
Box 5 Germany, A-E (9 albums in 5 folders)
Places: Ahrthal, Baden-Baden, Berlin (and Potsdam); Bremen, Dresden, Edenkoben
Album titles: Ahrthal; Souvenir von Baden-Baden; Ansichten-Album Berlin; Berlin [red with gold]; Berlin [red with gold and black]; Berlin-Potsdam; Bremen; Dresden; Ansichts-Album von Edenkoben
Box 6 Germany, F-H (8 albums in 6 folders)
Places: Frankfurt, Görbersdorf, Hamburg
Album titles: Frankfurt [red with gold and black, first photo is numbered 505]; Frankfurt a M; Album von Frankfurt am Main; Frankfurt [red with gold and black, first photo is numbered 59]; Görbersdorf; Hamburg [red with gold and black, first photo is numbered 1604[, 2 copies; Album von Hamburg
Box 7 Germany, H-R (18 albums in 6 folders)
Places: Hanover, Heidelberg, Herrenchiemsee, Jena, Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg, Potsdam, the Rhine
Album titles: Hannover; Heidelberg [red with gold and black]; Heidelberg [small envelope]; Erinnerung am Herrenchiemsee; Album von Jena; Leipzig; München; Album München 12; München; Andenken an Nürnberg; Nürnberg Serie III; Potsdam Serie 1; Rhein; Album vom Rhein; Panorama vom Rhein: Cöln bis Mainz; Panorama des Rheines, Köln bis Mainz; Der Rhein vom Mainz bis Cöln; Neuestes Rhein-Panorama vom Mainz-Cöln
Box 8 Germany, R-W (3 albums in 1 folder)
Places: Rothenberg; Wiesbaden
Album titles: Rothenberg ob der Tauber; Album von Wiesbaden; Wiesbaden
Box 8 Gibraltar (1 album in 1 folder)
Places: Gibraltar
Album titles: Souvenir of Gibraltar
Box 8 Iceland
Places: Iceland generally
Album titles: Native Views of Iceland
Box 8 Ireland
Places: Ireland generally, Blarney, Cork, Dublin, Queenstown
Album titles: Album of Ireland; Album of Cork, Blarney and Queenstown; Album Dublin
Box 8 Italy, A-G (7 albums in 4 folders)
Places: Assisi, Bologna, Florence, Genoa
Album titles: Assisi Ricordo della Basilica di S. Francesco; Bologna; Firenze Vedute; Ricordo di Firenze; Ricordo del Camposanto di Genova [red with gold and black]; Ricordo del Camposanto di Genova [blue with gold and black]; Ricordo di Genova
Box 9 Italy, M-V (15 albums in 7 folders)
Places: Milan, Naples, Pompeii, Rome, Siena, Venice
Album titles: Ricordo di Milano; Ricordo di Milano 32 Vedute; Album=Ricordo di Napoli; Napoli 32 vedute; Ricordo di Napoli XXXII Vedute; Napoli Pompei; Ricordo di Pompei 32 Vedute; Ricordo di Roma No. 1; Ricordo di Roma III; Ricordo di Roma 30 Vedute; Ricordo di Roma 48 Vedute; Roma; Siena 20 principali vedute; Ricordo di Venezia [blue with gold]; Ricordo di Venezia [green with gold]
Box 10 Italy, V (5 albums in 2 folders)
Places: Venice, Verona
Album titles: Ricordo di Venezia [red with gold and black, plus 7 loose personal photographs]; Ricordo di Venezia [brown paper covers, tied]; R.R. Gallerie dell'Accademia Venezia; Souvenir de l'Hôtel d'Italie Bauer Grünwald Venise; Ricordo di Verona
Box 10 Malta (3 albums in 1 folder)
Places: Malta
Album titles: Souvenir de Malte [red paper covers]; Souvenir de Malte [faded green paper covers]; Souvenir of Malta [hard cover with photo on front]
Box 10 Martinique (2 albums in 1 folder)
Places: Fort-de-France, Martinique generally
Album titles: Fort-de-France Serie 34; Papayers de Presbytere de la Redoubte
Box 10 Monaco (1 album in 1 folder)
Places: Monaco generally
Album titles: Principaute de Monaco
For the Bay of Kotor, which is in modern-day Montenegro, see Yugoslavia.
Box 10 Netherlands, A-M (8 albums in 3 folders)
Places: Amsterdam, Haarlem, the Hague ('s Gravenhage), Marken, Middelburg
Album titles: Souvenir Amsterdam; Souvenir de la Hollande; Haarlem en Omstreken; Great Church of St. Bavo at Haarlem; Souvenir 's Gravenhage; Marken I; Marken II; Middelburg
Box 11 Netherlands, V-Z (2 albums in 1 folder)
Places: Volendam, Zeeland
Album titles: Volendam I; Zeeland I
Box 11 Norway (3 albums in 1 folder)
Places: Bergen, Dalen, Djupvand, Geiranger Fjord, Skien
Album titles: Bergen; Merok, Geirangerfjord, Djupvand; Skien-Dalen
Box 11 Poland (2 albums in 1 folder)
Places: Danzig
Album titles: Danzig; Erinnerung an Danzig's Umgegend
Box 11 Portugal (3 albums in 1 folder)
See also Spain: Wanderings in Spain and Portugal
Places: Madeira
Album titles: Madeira; Album da Ilha da Madeira; Souvenir of Madeira Album No. 1
Box 11 Scotland (6 albums in 4 folders)
Places: Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Boswell's
Album titles: The Cabinet Album Views of Edinburgh [blue]; The Cabinet Album Views of Edinburgh [dark green]; Views in the Edinburgh District; The Cabinet Album Views of Glasgow and International Exposition; The Cabinet Album Views of Glasgow; Dryburgh Abbey
Oversize 1 Scotland (1 album)
Places: Glasgow
Album titles: The "Camera" Series Album of Views of Glasgow
Box 11 Spain (6 albums in 3 folders)
Places: Barcelona, Malaga, Majorca, Seville, Toledo
Album titles: Barcelona; Recuerdo de Malaga; Mallorca Valldemosa Miramar Soller [includes additional loose postcards]; Sevilla II; Sevilla Monumental; Recuerdo de Toledo
Oversize 2 Spain: Wanderings in Spain and Portugal, Volume 1
These appear to be personal photographs taken by the Arentses.
Oversize 3 Spain: Wanderings in Spain and Portugal, Volume 2
These appear to be personal photographs taken by the Arentses.
Box 12 Sweden (3 albums in 1 folder)
Places: Göta, Kronborg, Stockholm
Album titles: Göta Kanal; Kronborg Slot; Stockholm
Box 12 Switzerland (14 albums albums in 7 folders)
Places: Switzerland generally, Berne, Engadin, Interlaken, Lake Lucerne, Oberland Bernois, Ragaz, Righi, Sächsische Schweiz, St. Moritz
Album titles: Die Schweiz; Souvenir de Berne; Ragaz-Engadin; Ober Engadin; Interlaken [text only, no photos]; Souvenir du Lac des IV Cantons, Righi, Pilate, et du St. Gothard; Album vom Berner Oberland; Oberland Bernois; Souvenir de l'Oberland Bernois; Panorama Pittoresque du Righi et du Lac des IV Cantons; Souvenir du Righi; Sächs. Schweiz; Souvenir de St. Moritz
Box 13 Tunisia (6 albums in 2 folders)
Places: Carthage, Tunis
Album titles: Carthage; Carthage 24 Vues; Tunis [red paper covers]; Tunis Serie I [cream covers with photographs]; Tunis Serie I [medium brown covers with artists' renderings]; Tunis Serie II
Box 13 Turkey (1 album in 1 folder)
Places: Constantinople
Album titles: Vues de Constantinople No. 1
Box 13 United States (3 albums in 1 folder)
Places: Saratoga, New York
Album titles: Picturesque Saratoga; Saratoga; Souvenir of Saratoga Springs
Box 13 Yugoslavia (2 albums in 1 folder)
Places: Bay of Kotor, Rijeka, Opatija
Album titles: ВОКА КОТОРСКА Boka Kotorska; Fiume e Abbazia

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