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Keystone View Company Lantern Slides collection

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 0130

Collection Overview

Collection consists of 218 images from the "600 Set" of glass lantern slides produced by the Keystone View Company, a distributor of stereographic images formed in 1892 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, by B. L. Singley. For use in the classroom, each slide is approximately 4 inches by 3.25 inches and labeled with a number and a short description. Images depict a wide range of subject matter but primarily illustrate places of urban and rural commercial and agricultural industry including farms, quarries, textile mills, ports, and manufacturing plants, places of architectural, natural, and historical significance, and places of natural beauty in North America, Europe, South America, Africa, and Australasia. Also included are astronomical images of Saturn, Uranus and Morehouse's Comet. Images date from the 1890s through the early twentieth century.

Dates

  • 1890s-1940s

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Historical Note

The Keystone View Co. was formed in 1892 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, by B. L. Singley, a former salesman at Underwood & Underwood. Incorporated in 1895, the company went on to become the largest publisher of stereographs. In 1905 it created its highly successful Education Department which produced the "600 Set," a boxed set of images and descriptive text illustrating culture, industry, commerce, and history for classroom use. Although the company hired its own professional photographers, it also purchased rights to other negatives including several series of Underwood & Underwood negatives in 1912. It continued operations until the 1970s.

Extent

1.5 linear feet (218 lantern slides)

Abstract

Collection consists of 218 images from the "600 Set" of glass lantern slides produced by the Keystone View Company, a distributor of stereographic images formed in 1892 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, by B. L. Singley. For use in the classroom, each slide is approximately 4 inches by 3.25 inches and labeled with a number and a short description. Images depict a wide range of subject matter but primarily illustrate places of urban and rural commercial and agricultural industry including farms, quarries, textile mills, ports, and manufacturing plants, places of architectural, natural, and historical significance, and places of natural beauty in North America, Europe, South America, Africa, and Australasia. Also included are astronomical images of Saturn, Uranus and Morehouse's Comet. Images date from the 1890s through the early twentieth century.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the item level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by John H. Newell, date unkown

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproductions available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff, date unknown.

Creator

Source

Title
Inventory of the Keystone View Company Lantern Slides Collection, 1890s-1940s
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Special Collections staff; machine-readable finding aid created by: Joshua Minor
Date
2016
Description rules
Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections
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Charleston South Carolina 29424
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