Israel Platt Pardee (1852-1934) was the son of Ario Pardee, Lafayette College’s first great benefactor. In 1869 he accompanied Lafayette College president William C. Cattell and others on a tour of Europe. He was the first Pardee to attend Lafayette College, graduating in 1874, and was actively involved with the college throughout his life. He became a member of the College’s Board of Trustees in 1892, and served as president of the Board from 1915 to 1925. The collection consists of a two-volume typescript of the diaries kept by Israel Pardee during his tour of Europe in 1869-1870. The first volume recounts Pardee’s voyage across the Atlantic on the Cunard S.S. Palmyra and his travels through England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. The second volume chronicles Pardee’s tour of Eastern Europe, which included Poland, Prussia and Denmark.