||Berta Ruck's Travel Journals spans the dates 1928 to 1937. The collection includes six volumes, as well as correspondence, photographs, and ephemera laid or pasted in. Oversized material that was laid in has been removed and placed in folders.
Ruck's journals are a mix of diary, workbook, and scrapbook. They contain partial drafts of her works in progress, accounts of her financial and romantic difficulties, and memorabilia from her travels. Throughout the journals there are numerous mementoes of her journeys, including photographs, postcards, theatre and music programs, pressed flowers, and travel and financial documents. There are also numerous clippings mainly in English and German, a few in French and Norwegian; these are sometimes reviews of Ruck's novels, but often they describe current events that have caught her interest, and that she wishes to write about. Ruck is frequently searching for real life incidents to incorporate in her fiction, and much of the journal is a record of brief impressions of the scene around her, often with notes to use the more picturesque and exotic incidents in her novels. The most ominous impressions that Ruck records detail the growing anti-Semitism and the gradual rise of Nazi support in Austria.|