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Herman Family Travel Photo Album

Identifier: MSS 0423

Scope and Content

Photos include aunts, uncles, and other family members of Mary and Herman taken over many years, in many different places. The album includes their travel accommodations, such as a log cabin in Georgia. Various family members are pictured in Gainesville, St. Augustine, Tampa, Miami, New York, Ohio and Minnesota. There are photographs of the Foster family, with whom they travelled and spent holidays. Sara B. Foster (widow of Alex H. Foster and probably Mary’s sister) is pictured by the lodging house she managed called “The Old Homestead,” located at 259 NE 3rd Street in Miami, Florida. Last leaf of album includes two tintypes showing Mary and Sara as children.

Shaw Foster is pictured in the Miami Senior High School yearbook, The Miahi. He is also listed (as Hamilton Shaw Foster) in the booklet for the 1929 Miami Senior High School graduation. He is pictured with his family in the Herman family photo album that is included in this collection. Various photographs and clippings that were found within the albums have been included in the collection.


  • 1928 - 1937



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

The creators/owners of this photo album are Mary B. Thomas and Herman Thomas. Mary B. Thomas was the manager of a lodging house in Miami, Florida at 1524 NE 2nd Avenue. Mary and Herman were married in St. Augustine, Florida and frequently travelled with friends and family.


.21 Linear Feet (1 Box)

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Photos of Gainesville, Miami, and other areas.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

A Guide to the Herman Family Travel Photo Album
Finding aid created by Amanda Widom
January 2018
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America