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Anita Schutze Travel Service Records
An Inventory of the Collection
In 1934, Anita Schutze left her secretarial job and opened the Anita Schutze Travel Service in the Littlefield Building on Congress Avenue. She initially specialized in escorted tours, but eventually offered comprehensive travel services. Her office was one of three travel agencies in the state to remain open during World War II when travel for pleasure was forbidden. She spent that time working at railroad stations as a ticket agent and arranging tours to Mexico for war industry workers. In 1950, the offices moved to the arcade lobby of the Commodore Perry Hotel at 804 Brazos. In 1967, the offices moved again to 808 Brazos, and by that time the Anita Schutze Travel Service had grown to a staff of four.
Schutze was elected as the first president of the Southwest chapter of the American Society of Travel Agents and attended the American Society of Travel Agents' World Congress. Anita Schutze died in May 1989, and Joan Hiles became the owner and manager of the agency until it closed in the 1990s.
Ernestine, Wheelock. "Wanderlust sparked a travel career." The Austin American. December 10, 1967.
The bulk of the collection consists of 25 account books dating from 1936-1962, one for each year plus one ledger that contains account records from multiple years in the 1930s and 1940s. A small amount of brochures feature excursions and itineraries. There are also a couple holiday cards sent from the Anita Schutze Travel Service. A large clipping from the American Statesman Travel Section on May 10, 1942, contains an article written by Anita Schutze and advertisements for the travel agency.
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Donated by former staff of Anita Schutze Travel Service.
Anita Schutze Travel Service Records (AR.2000.005). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2000/064
Donation Date: April 1, 2000
Donor #: DO/2020/253
Donation Date: September 2020
Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in 2019. Updated with addition in 2020.