Fred R. Lear, Syracuse University, memoirs
American Studies | History
In the summer of 1907 Syracuse University professor of Architecture Fred R. Lear (1882-1950) undertook a hundred-mile canoe trip with his wife. This canoe journey had been taken by the Lears once before, not long after their marriage in the summer of 1906. Following the repeat of the trip in 1907, Fred Lear wrote a memoir of it, hand-lettering his text onto forty-two pages and illustrating it with tipped-in snapshots. His narrative was made for the fun of it and for the entertainment of family and friends, though it now also assumes significance as a unique document of social and regional history. The text which appears here has been selected from the original manuscript and edited by Professor David Tatham. Omissions are not noted. Words supplied by the editor are bracketed.
"From Syracuse to Keuka, Mostly by Canoe, in 1907: Selections from Fred R. Lear's 'Our Canoe Trip.'" The Courier 12.3 (1975): 23-30.