Farona W. Konopak papers, 1927-1929

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Farona W. Konopak papers, 1927-1929

AZ 567


Collection Summary

Creator: Konopac, Farona Wendling
Collection Name:Farona W. Konopak papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1927-1929
Physical Description:.4 linear feet
Abstract:The major portion of the collection contains instructional bulletins, lecture notes, and printed materials that were used by the Fred Harvey Company for training couriers. These bulletins demonstrate the depth of knowledge that a courier was expected to master and convey to travelers during the tours. Most of the materials relates to northern New Mexico sites. Additional materials include maps and trip logs, expenses for one of her trips, and four black and white photographs, chiefly posed group portraits of individuals in courier dress.
Collection Number: AZ 567
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/

Biographical Note

Farona Wendling Konopak appears to have been among the second group of couriers trained by the Fred Harvey Company to conduct tours throughout Indian Country in Arizona and New Mexico. She was, perhaps, a typical courier who was chosen for an ability to relate to people and to learn the history, politics, sociology, anthropology, geology and arts of the Southwest. "The Indian Detours" were designed by the Fred Harvey Company using drivers in from their Harveycars Motor Service to entice transcontinental travelers off the trains to linger awhile, visit ancient monuments and enjoy spectacular scenery.

Biographical data on Konopak is lacking. However, Diane Thomas' The Southwestern Indian Detours tells the complete story of the couriers and their interesting vocations. See also a typescript volume with hand-drawn maps, A Courier in New Mexico, by Mabel H. Parsons.


Scope and Content Note

The major portion of the collection contains instructional bulletins, lecture notes, and printed materials that were used by the Fred Harvey Company for training couriers. These bulletins demonstrate the depth of knowledge that a courier was expected to master and convey to travelers during the tours. Most of the materials relates to northern New Mexico sites. For example, the "Sierra Verde Motor Cruise" left Santa Fe for a 900 mile, week long circle cruise visiting Taos, Mesa Verde National Park, Pueblo Bonito, Laguna, and Albuquerque, all for $150 per person. Additional materials include maps and trip logs, expenses for one of her trips, and four black and white photographs, chiefly posed group portraits of individuals in courier dress.


Restrictions

Restrictions

None.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Konopac, Farona Wendling

Corporate Name(s)
Fred Harvey (Firm)

Subject(s)
Tourism -- Arizona
Tourism -- New Mexico

Genre Form(s)
Bulletins
Photographs
travelogues


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Farona W. Konopak papers(AZ 567). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.


Container List

boxfolder
11-3 Courier's Instructional Bulletins, no. 1-66, incomplete. , 1927-1930
14-5 Lecture Notes. , No Date
16 Courier Orders. , No Date
17 Road logs and tour materials. , No Date
18 Trip expenses: Pittsburgh, Chicago, Milwaukee. , 1929
19 Notebooks, business card. , No Date
110 Notes. , No Date
111 Printed research materials. , No Date
112 Photographs. , No Date
113 "Our Western Trips," by Lillian H. Wheldon, inscribed to Farona. Recounts Wheldon's tours in the West in the late 1920s, 20 pages. , No Date