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Lantern Slide and Glass Plate Photograph Collection, circa 1900-1941(bulk 1920-1940)

MS 574

Collection Summary

Creator: University of Arizona Library Special Collections
Collection Name: Lantern Slide and Glass Plate Photograph Collection,
Inclusive Dates: circa 1900-1941
Bulk Dates: 1920-1940
Physical Description:5.5 linear feet
Abstract:An artificial collection of lantern slides and glass plate negatives from the University of Arizona and various donors, taken between 1910 and 1941 but mostly from the 1920s to the 1930s. Highlights include University of Arizona Extension Service lantern slides of university buildings, student activities, and miners and mining, and slides of people and places in Japan in the 1920s to 1930s.
Collection Number:MS 574
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Historical Note

Lantern slides were created and used for educational and entertainment purposes. Made of glass, they were inserted in special projectors and shown to student or community groups during lectures. Their popularity peaked between 1900 and 1930.

Scope and Content Note

This is an artificially created collection of various donations of lantern slides and glass plate negatives. The University of Arizona Extension Service slides were used for educational purposes mainly in the 1910s and 1920s. Highlights of these are views of student life and the conditions of miners in Bisbee in the first part of the 20th century. Many of the mining images were taken by William H. Apgar and other members of the Bisbee Camera Club, circa 1904-1907.

The travel slides of Matthew Holiday were taken on a visit to Arizona circa 1939 to 1941 and include various Native Americans at a powwow or Indian fair. Louis A. Test visited Arizona about 1930 and took photographs of desert scenes. The Japan series has no identification but the images are very good and show people, homes, and buildings in rural and urban areas of Japan from about the 1920s to 1930s.

The slides of birds and fossils are believed to be related to the Laurence Huey manuscript collection, MS 241. Although unidentified, a few slides match images in the collection. Highlights of this series are images of scientists' desert camps and vehicles. The glass plate negatives are an assortment of negatives removed from other photo files as well as a few of birds that seem to relate to Laurence Huey.


This collection is organized into six series.
Series I: University of Arizona Extension Divison lectures, 1910-1940
Series II: Matthew R. Holiday, Arizona travel slides, circa 1939-1941
Series III: Louis Agassiz Test, desert scenes, circa 1930
Series IV: Laurence Huey, Birds and fossils, circa 1920s-1930s
Series V: Japan people, homes and buildings, circa 1920s-1930s
Series VI: Miscellaneous glass plate negatives, circa 1900-1920s



There are no restrictions on this collection.


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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Apgar, William H. (William Hermann)--Photographer.
Huey, Laurence M. (Laurence Markham), 1892-1963.

Copper miners--Arizona--Photographs.
Japan--Description and travel--20th century--Photographs.
Mine buildings--Arizona--Photographs.
Mine rescue work--Arizona--Photographs.
Miners--Health and hygiene--Arizona--Photographs.
University of Arizona--Buildings--Photographs.
University of Arizona--Students--Photographs.
University of Arizona. Agricultural Extension Service.

Genre Form(s)
Glass negatives
Lantern slides


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Lantern Slide and Glass Plate Photograph Collection (MS 574). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I University of Arizona Extension Service lectures, circa 1910-1940
Includes images of campus life such as the library reading room, students sleeping quarters, tennis players, a football game and victory dance, and a swimming pool. Also present are images for children's safety of Tucson pedestrians, bicycles, and the street car. Mine rescue work images include equipment and vehicles used by the rescue team. There are also images of miners and mining including machinery, buildings, miners "at work", facilities for miners such as wash rooms, dining room, and workers' meeting with management including one labeled "Americanizing the foreigners." Many of the mining photographs were taken by William H. Apgar and other members of the Bisbee Camera Club, ca. 1904-1907. This series is arranged into four subseries: Campus life, children's safety and miscellaneous, Mine rescue work, and Miners and mining.
11-48 Campus life
149-58 Children's safety and miscellaneous
159-77 Mine rescue work
21-73 Miners and mining
Series II Matthew R. Holiday, Arizona travel slides, circa 1939-1941
The slides include images of people in native dress gathered for an Indian fair, possibly in Phoenix, cactus, Tumacacori Mission, and the Grand Canyon. This series has only limited identification and arrangement by place.
31-24 Arizona travel scenes
325-37 Indian fair, possibly Phoenix
338-48 Grand Canyon
349-59 Miscellaneous includes Navajo dancers, silversmith, potter
Series III Louis Agassiz Test, Purdue University professor, desert scenes, circa 1930
This series of six images of cacti and buildings in Arizona is not arranged.
360-66 Louis Agassiz Test, desert scenes
Series IV Laurence Huey, Birds and fossils, circa 1920s-1930s
Laurence Huey, curator of birds and mammals at the Natural History Museum in San Diego from 1922 to 1962, has a related collection at MS 241. These are slides of bird and fossil illustrations and photographs, ca. 1920s-1930s. This series is arranged by topic.
367-79 Desert camps, automobiles, men and wagons
41-41 Illustrations copied from publications
442-61 Primarily baby birds and nests
462-72 Graphs and charts
51-13 Graphs and charts
514-49 Fossils and skeletons
Series V Japan: people, homes and buildings, circa 1920s-1930s
This series is arranged by topic.
550-65 People
566-76 Homes and temples
577-80 Buildings
61-10 Buildings
611-22 Landscapes and boats
Series VI Miscellaneous glass plate negatives, circa 1900s-1920s
This series is arranged by topic.
71-36 Laurence Huey glass plates, illustrations and diagrams
81-4 Man (double exposure), scenic view of water and rocks, two horses in field
85-6 Rodeo fair, Sells, Arizona, ca. 1900, and boys of Tucson Indian Training school (copies in AZSW photo files)
87-14 Unidentified family, one in graduation gown, ca. 1900s-1910s
91-6 Laurence Huey glass plates, 7"x9", close-up views of birds