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Earl Brink travelogue material collection

 Collection — Box: 1-3
Identifier: 2014-021-r

Scope and Contents

One box folder contains seven folders of materials, including photographs of stills from travel films, letters, contracts, brochures, and various ephemera documenting Mr. Brink's career as a travelogue cinematographer.

Boxes two & three contain travel notes from Mr. Brink's various travel destinations, including itineraries, descriptions of various places, ideas for travelogue scenes and voice-over narrations.


  • 1950 - 1970

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Earl Brink grew up in the small Oklahoma town of Buffalo, went to school there, and began a business career in banking. He was very successful and quickly came to own two banks, a farm, and a Ford dealership. In 1928 he went to Pheonix, Arizona to work for Mutual of Omaha, and in 1933 moved to Detroit and became the state manager for Mutual of Omaha.

In the late 1930’s, Brink made his first trip to the West Indies and brought along a new video camera, filming his very first travelogue. He was inspired by his experience and continued to spend a substantial part of each year travelling and filming. Throughout his career Mr. Brink visited over 100 countries making feature-length, full-color travelogue films of the places and people that he encountered.


1.29 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of materials related to Earl Brink’s travelogue productions, including his travel notes, still photographs from his travel movies, brochures and ephemera, his letters, contracts, and agreements.


This collection is arranged by material type and subject matter.
Finding Aid for the Earl Brink travel collection
Madeleine Bachtelle, Norm Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
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Orange 92866 USA US