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Guide to the Keystone Stereocard Collection
MSS-2010-08-25  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Stereograph History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material
  • Bibliography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Keystone Stereocard Collection
    Dates: 1895-1905
    Collection number: MSS-2010-08-25
    Creator: San Jose State College
    Collection Size: 5 boxes, 2.3 linear feet
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The Keystone Stereocard Collection contains 600 stereocards published by the Keystone View Company. Stereocards were a very popular entertainment medium from the late 1880s to the 1970s. Half of the cards in this stereocard collection are targeted towards young children. Each card contains a very basic description using simple vocabulary to foster reading and vocabulary skills in school-age children. The second half of the collection contains geographic and industrial images targeted towards adults. These cards feature many places around the world as well as many geographical and industrial places in America. The collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Educational Series, circa 1895; and Series II. Adult Series, 1895-1905
    Physical location: Vault 2, Range 1B
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is assigned to the San José State University Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives. Copyright restrictions may apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    The Keystone Stereocard Collection, MSS-2010-08-25, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Lisa Zakharova. Finding aid EAD encoded by Lisa Zakharova. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.

    Stereograph History

    Stereocards were a very popular entertainment medium from the late 1880s to the 1970s. Many different photographic processes were used to produce stereographs, including dauerreotypes, ambrotypes, wet plate glass positives, salt paper prints, albumen prints, and gelatin prints. Stereographs were formed of two images placed side by side and were commonly produced with cameras that had two lenses side by side. This selection features only paper prints from wet collodion negatives.
    The Keystone View Company was created in 1892 in Meadville, Pennsylvania by B.L. Singley as a company whose primary focus was to create a large variety of stereocards. By 1905 it was the largest sterographic company in the world. Keystone created and distributed millions of stereocards throughout the United States. In 1898 they organized their highly successful Education Department which produced boxed sets for school instruction of images and descriptive text illustrating culture, industry, commerce and politics world-wide. Stereocards came in different sets marked by a letter. Customers could buy stereocards by the "book", a box shaped like a book which contained 50, 100, or 200 stereocards. This collection prominently features set "P", the educational set designed for elementary school-aged children. While stereocards had been losing popularity shortly after cinema became one of the most popular entertainment mediums, the Keystone Company continued to produce stereocards until 1972 when it went out of business.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Keystone StereoCard Collection contains 600 stereocards published by the Keystone View Company. Stereocards were a very popular entertainment medium from the late 1880s to the 1970s. Half of the cards in this stereocard collection are targeted towards young children. Each card contains a very basic description using simple vocabulary to foster reading and vocabulary skills in school-age children. The second half of the collection contains geographic and industrial images targeted towards adults. These cards feature many places around the world as well as many geographical and industrial places in America.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Educational Series, circa 1895; and Series II. Adult Series, 1895-1905

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Keystone View Company
    Stereographs
    Education--Children
    History--United States
    History--Native Americans
    Natural Landmarks--History
    Natural Landmarks-- Europe

    Related Material

    The California Stereocard Collection, MSS-2010-09-18

    Bibliography

    University of Washington Stereocard Collection. http://content.lib.washington.edu/stereoweb/index.html 
    Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn. Photographs: Archival Care And Management.