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Orpheus Schantz scrapbook

Identifier: AC-262

Scope and Contents

This handmade scrapbook contains black and white photographs, original poems, and typed narratives of a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and Gatlinburg in June 1923. The scrapbook was compiled by Orpheus M. Schantz with one poem reading "This is the tale of the jolly four / who spent the night on a balsam floor / on top of Leconte in Tennessee / above the clouds 'neath a balsam tree." All the poems are written by Schantz. The typed narratives are from Jennie A. Russ and Gertrude D. Schwass, the two women in the trip's party. The fourth member of the trip was Frank A. Freels. The four of them travelled from Chicago and were led by the famed Great Smokies guide Wiley Oakley to climb Mount Le Conte.


  • Creation: 1923


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Biographical / Historical

Orpheus Schantz (1864-1951) was a naturalist, President of the Chicago Audubon Society, and director and treasurer of the Chicago Geographic Society. According to his obituary in the New York Times on September 4, 1951, he was one of the group instrumental in establishing the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee and was chairman of the Excursions Committee which conducted tours there. Jennie A. Russ (d. 1972) worked in the stenographic division of the Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago for 25 years before retiring in 1941.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Bartleby's Books, February 2021. It was accessioned as AC-2022-014.

Processing Information

Anna Smith, 2022.

Orpheus Schantz scrapbook
Anna Smith
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository