Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Zickler Family Scrapbook
Scope and contents of the collection
The scrapbook spans the entirety of the Zickler's trip. It includes postcards, souvenir photographs from tourist locations such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, the Big Rock Candy Mountain, Hoover Dam, the Petrified Forest (as well as a piece of wood from the Forest), placemats and matchboxes from Las Vegas, and numerous souvenir photographs of the Navajo Gospel Mission. Mrs. Zickler seemed to be quite vigilant in keeping an accurate record of the trip. Every location the Zicklers visited is commemorated in some form. Mrs. Zickler even took photographs of certain cabins along the way and collected rate pamphlets for these cabins (ranging from $3.50 to $25.00 a night).
The scrapbook also contains a large number of photographs from throughout the Zickler's trip. Most numerous are the photographs of the Navajo Gospel Mission and Oraibi. There is a set of over 50 photographs depicting life on the Mission. It includes photographs of the classrooms, chapels, traditional huts, handmade goods, and a number of photographs document the building of an irrigation system on the Mission.
Also included are candid shots of Mr. and Mrs. Zickler, friend Glenn Hurd and his daughter and mother; landscape photographs of aforementioned tourist attractions as well as miscellaneous landscape photographs of New Mexico, Arizona (Painted Desert), Canyon de Chelly, Little Big Horn, and the Colorado River; and numerous state welcome and road signs, including Ohio, Illinois, California, Idaho, Vermont, and eventually the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as the Zicklers returned home.