The History of Mass Tourism provides a look at the evolution of British and American working class tourism from c.1850 to 1980. This collection includes material from the world’s oldest travel agency, the Thomas Cook Archives.
Every document has been indexed by themes allowing for investigation into diverse subjects, such as:
- The evolution of educational travel, particularly in relation to the Polytechnic Touring Association (later Lunn Poly)
- The popularity of outdoor activities, wilderness travel and the environmental impacts of tourism
- The role of travel agencies, including Thomas Cook, Raymond Whitcomb Travel and the Anspach Travel Bureau
- Portrayals of race, particularly within the American south
- The technological advances which played an integral part in the growth of the tourism industry.
Key locations for American and British leisure travel during this period have been highlighted. Important collections on the White Mountains and Yosemite National Park discuss wilderness travel, whilst comprehensive studies of Florida, Coney Island and Blackpool trace the development of crucial seaside resorts. Guidebooks, scrapbooks and travel journals also present the evolution of New Orleans as a key southern vacation city.