Jean and Nancy McClellan Travel Photography Collection, 1961-1999Add to your cart.

By Nicole Yatsonsky

Collection Overview

Title: Jean and Nancy McClellan Travel Photography Collection, 1961-1999Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1973-1974
ID: 01/ AR0913
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Slides are kept in the original order in which they were arranged in the slide boxes they came in. Multiple years and countries may be located within one slide box.
Date Acquired: 09/00/2018. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English


The travel slides and photographs of Jean and Nancy McClellan.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains slides, photographs, and postcards from the travels of the McClellan sisters, Jean and Nancy. Image content comes from both the United States and various locations around the world, including Iran, Turkey, Italy, the Phillippines, India, Japan, and Holland. The images depict mostly landscapes, buildings, and people in towns/cities, but also include the sisters, animals, drawings, and boats.

Collection Historical Note

Sisters Jean and Nancy McClellan were the third and fifth children of their family. When they were young, they lived next to a woman named Bessy who inspired them with her restless soul and many trips around the United States. Before travelling extensively, Jean went to college and became a teacher. She taught in Ohio for a number of years, while Nancy went to Alaska and helped their middle sister (who also became a teacher) fish a salmon claim for a year.

As they grew older, the thought of staying in Ohio became less appealing. So, the first trips were designed to find a place that was more temperate for a permanent home. This included a couple of trips to Florida, where they also lived for a year until the lizards and bugs drove them back to Ohio. They visited North Carolina as a possible home base when the sister with whom Nancy had fished suggested Oregon. The sister and her husband had taught at the University of Oregon for a couple of years. This suggestion inspired the 1962 tour of the West. The closeness to the ocean and the mountains convinced them that this would be the ideal place for them to settle, though they still continued to travel.

There were many trips to California and a long trip to Alaska, where they drove the Alcan highway to return home. Then, in 1972, the opportunity of a lifetime arose--their jobs offered them a year-long sabbatical, receiving half-pay, which they figured would pay for the trip around the world. They wanted to see the world before it became too homogenized.

To start their journey, they took a container ship from Seattle, a portion of the trip which they especially loved. There was a lounge with puzzles, they ate the same food that the crew did, and there were a number of stops, including Japan and Korea, when the ship got to Asia, which varied as to where they needed to pick up and drop off freight. The crew and passengers could depart and explore the port, keeping in mind that if they weren’t on board the ship would leave without them.

They took the Philippines Mail to Thailand and a plane into Myanmar. They then traveled to Nepal and saw the Himalayas. From there they picked up a bus, which took them across India into Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkey. The bus continued into Europe, where they got to Greece, Venice, and Spain, where they rented a car and drove to Holland. They wanted to see the Tulip Festival. After that, they crossed the channel to Great Brittan and toured a little, before boarding a Polish passenger ship. They sailed to Canada and then took the Canadian Railway back to the west coast, back home.

[Adapted from an email by Donna Bellargeon]

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2018-50
Acquisition Source: Donna Bellargeon
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Jean and Nancy McClellan Travel Photography Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
Processing Information: Some slides are hand labeled on the back in pencil--indicating their content's location--though most are not. Identified locations are indicated on their respective folder listings, where applicable.


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