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Glass Plates and Lantern Slides

Identifier: 23/05

Scope and Contents

The slides are arranged into four groupings. The first set are numbered and arranged according to A Catalogue of Lantern Slides for the Use of High Schools, Academies, College and Universities (Supplement No. 1) and Lantern Slides for Educational Institutions (Supplement No. 3) by George R. Swain. Slides in this set can be matched to the indexes within the above publications. The slides were available for purchase and use by educational institutions. The series information was derived and matched from the catalogs. The second set of slides are organized according to the featured location, such as France, Panama, New Orleans, etc. Please see the inventory for a complete listing. The third grouping consists of slides related to the University of Northern Iowa. They are numbered according to the Photograph Classification schedule. The final set of slides are unidentified. There are additionally a handful of negatives that might be related to the glass plates. These are in Box 8.


  • c. 1902-1905

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Physical Access

Please note that these materials are very fragile and must be handled with care. Patrons must wear gloves while handling the slides. Some slides are broken or damaged; access to them will be determined by SCandUA staff.

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Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code ยง 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.


4.67 Linear Feet (9 boxes)


Catalogue slides Location slides UNI-related slides Unidentified

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, April 2022. Slide identification, organization, and inventory determined and compiled by Student Preservation Technician Raegan Christianson, March 2022.

Glass Plates and Lantern Slides
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository