Collection contains over 40 holograph letters, over 100 photographs and postcards, and many pieces of memorabilia, such as menus, booklets about the ships, pamphlets, and programs documenting the culture of the countries visited on the Fife's 1934 trip around the world. The letters in the collection are written by the Fife's to their then 10 year-old daughter Nona, in Middlebury, Vermont. The Fifes traveled first class on the presidential series of Dollar Line ships, and began their journey in New York City. From there, they sailed to Havana, through the Panama Canal to Los Angeles and San Francisco, and then to Honolulu, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, Ceylon, Bombay, through the Suez Canal to Alexandria, and onto Mediterranean Europe. The letters describe the other passengers in first class, social life, and activities aboard the ship. They also describe encounters with the people of the countries visited and Americans abroad. The Fifes write about a brief encounter with Hollywood actor Joe E. Brown on board ship. Also included is an eight page handwritten essay by Harry Fife, "Impressions and Musings of a World Transient," in which he comments on teh exploitation by the West of the Third World. Many photographs taken during the trip document the poor and working class. A number of photographs also includge handwritten captions.
Many letters and photographs appear in published form: Peck, Jim. "Harry & Ella Fife's Trip Around the World in 1934." 2010. Hardbound copy included in Box 2 of collection. Peck's book contains transcripts of the Fifes' handwritten letters, along with biographical information about the Fifes. Peck is the grandson of Harry and Ella Fife.
The collection is divided into two series: Photographs and Correspondence.