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Catherine McLane travel diary

Identifier: MS-0570

Scope and Contents

Pocket diary of a European tour by Catherine M. McLane, of Baltimore, Maryland, dated 1906-1907.

McLane took the White Star Line to Europe, with stops at The Azores and Gibraltar. She then visited Naples and the Campania region of Italy. Later she traveled to Sicily, back to Naples, and finally to Rome. After Rome, McLane traveled north through Italy to the Tarasp-Vulpera area of Switzerland. Next she traveled to Belgium and England before boarding a White Star Line passenger ship back to America.


  • Creation: 1906-1907


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Biographical / Historical

Catherine Milligan McLane, of Baltimore, Maryland, was born 25 March 1850. She was the daughter of Louis McLane, Jr (1819-1905) and Sophia Hoffman. Her father served in the U.S. Navy and was Commander of Artillery of the California Battalion under the command of John C. Fremont. Fremont appointed him as one of the commissioners to sign the Articles of Capitulation between the United States and Mexican forces in California. Resigning from the Navy in 1850, McLane went into business with his father-in-law Samuel Hoffman, who with William W. Vanderbilt, had interests in the California Inland Steam Navigation Company. Afterwards he worked with Wells Fargo in 1855, eventually becoming its President, as well as the President of the Nevada Bank of San Francisco. He returned to Baltimore about 1868 becoming the President of the Mercantile Trust Company, eventually dying at that city in 1905. In the rear of this diary, dated 1906-1907, there are about ten pages concerning her father's estate and some dispute about it.

Catherine was known to have made several overland trips to California with her father in 1867-1868. She also made several trips by steamer to Europe with her two sisters, Elizabeth and Sophia, who, like Catherine, never married. Catherine first filed for a passport application in 1873. Catherine died on April 12, 1927.


0.167 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

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Catherine Milligan McLane, of Baltimore, Maryland, was born 25 March 1850. This collection consists of her pocket diary of a European tour, dated 1906-1907.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased in October 2010.

Related Materials

Materials of a similar type are located in MS.0673 - Maryland ephemera collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2011 by Kelly Spring.

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