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MS 484 - Lawrence Lardinas Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS 484

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one photo album of a 1937 road trip from Toledo, Ohio to Yellowstone Park. There are guide brochures, decals, maps, and 303 black and white photographs of Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, the Black Hills, the Grand Tetons, Shoshone Dam, Yellowstone Park, and dude ranches.


  • Created: 1937-1937
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1937
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/25/2016


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Biographical or Historical Information

My cousin, Lawrence "Larry" Lardinais (1905-1988), created this photo scrapbook following a trip to Yellowstone National Park in August, 1937, beginning in his home city of Toledo, Ohio. Accompanying him were his mother, Cornelia Lardinais, and a friend, Evelyn Martin. Larry is from a family whose history dates back to the early days of Toledo. He was a traffic manager for 45 years at the American Lincoln Company in Toledo. He also was a semi-professional photographer and took and developed many of the images in the scrapbook. The album contains hundreds of views documenting their trip to the west, including stops in Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska. The scrapbook encompasses not only Yellowstone but also includes photos of other parks such as the Grand Tetons, the Badlands, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore (under construction), and Shoshone Dam. The scrapbook also includes a variety vintage guide brochures, decals, and maps. I procured the scrapbook following Larry's death at an estate sale at the family home on Freeman Street in Toledo.

Note written by Ted J. Ligibel


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Language of Materials



The collection includes a photo album from a 1937 road trip from Toledo, Ohio to Yellowstone Park. Some interesting photos in the album include Mount Rushmore in its final stages of construction, dude ranches, and Yellowstone Park. This documents what one would have seen on a cross country road trip during 1937.

Arrangement Note

The scrapbook is placed in a box with three other folders and one oversize folder outside of the box.

Source of Acquisition

Ted J. Ligibel

Method of Acquisition

This collection was a gift from Ted J. Ligibel.

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