Magic Lantern Slides, ca. 1820-ca. 1930

Laupus Library Manuscript Collection, LL 02.58

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Magic Lantern Slides
    Creator:
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: Two series of slides, according to labels on the slides: series A and series C. Series A contains slides having to do with the history of healing and includes illustrations from ancient Greek, medieval, and Native American sources up through the 19th century. Series C contains slides having to do with nursing history, focusing on 19th to early 20th century.
    Extent: 0.44 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    Two series of slides, according to labels on the slides: series A and series C. Series A contains slides having to do with the history of healing and including illustrations from ancient Greek, medieval, and Native American sources up through the 19th century. Series C contains slides having to do with nursing history, focusing on 19th to early 20th century. The slides are undated, but likely date between 1820 and 1930.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    A lantern slide is a positive photographic transparency sandwiched between two 3 ¼” by 4” glass plates, and projected onto a screen by means of a “magic lantern” projector. The photographs document one of the earliest uses of audio-visual techniques for classroom instruction. Lantern slides have origins tracing back to the 1660s, when the first optical lanterns were exhibited in cities across Europe. They provided one of the most popular forms of entertainment during their heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries. Following the development of cinematography, the magic lantern slides lost their popularity, and eventually evolved into the automatic photo slide projector.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    6 May 1992: 148 glass slides. Gift of North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Unit via Todd L. Savitt.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Unit

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Magic Lantern Slides (LL 02.58), The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processing revised by Ashley Williams, 2015

    Sponsor Statement

    Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina Access and Digitization Grant Program.

Container List

A1-A239, undated
A240-A358, C1-C14, undated
C16-C65, undated
Wooden box that originally held slides, undated

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Container List

A1-A239, undated
A240-A358, C1-C14, undated
C16-C65, undated
Wooden box that originally held slides, undated


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