Thomas Cook Archive Digitized

Oct 01, 2013

Adam Matthew announced that it has signed an agreement with the old and well known travel agency, Thomas Cook, to digitize their archive as part of a forthcoming digital resource on the history of Mass Tourism and Leisure.

To many Thomas Cook is synonymous with the rise of popular tourism; an area of study that has increased dramatically over recent years. Beginning in the mid-19th century, transporting temperance observers to rallies across the UK, Thomas Cook grew to provide tours across Europe, North America, the Middle East, and even around-the-world guided excursions.

Covering the company history from its beginnings in 1841 to the present day, the Archive is a collection of unique materials, including personal travel diaries, photographs, ephemera, promotional materials, periodicals, guide books and many other items.

A manuscript account of the first Cook's Tour to Switzerland in 1863. This hand-illustrated diary, written by a member of the touring party and named, Miss Jemima's trip to Switzerland, was found in a skip during the Second World War and donated to the Thomas Cook archives, where it has become one of the centerpieces of their collection.