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Dahl (H.C.) Stereoscopic Slide Collection
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  • Contributing Institution: California Museum of Photography
    Title: H.C. Dahl Stereoscopic Slides Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: 1998.0013
    Physical Description: 30 boxes
    Physical Description: 4269 Photographic Slides (Stereo Realist slides)
    Physical Description: 233 Photographic Slides (mono 35 mm slides)
    Date (bulk): 1949-1971
    Language of Material: English .

    Biographical / Historical

    Hendrick Christopher Dahl was born on March 24th, 1894. Born in Bosque County, Texas. Hendrick would eventually meet and marry Bertyce Ward in 1922. Eventually, Dahl and his wife would move to Los Angeles, California. He worked as an electrical engineer in California for several years until the Second World War. He registered into the US military in 1942 at the age of 48. The collection of slides reports Dahl's life and his travels starting around 1949 to 1971. In 1971, Hendrick passed away at the age of 77 in Beverly Hills, California, survived by his wife.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection is approximately 4,269 Stereo Realist slides, as well as one case of 35-mm mono (non-stereo) slides, containing 233 slides. The slides date from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. The slides document various locations traveled within the Americas, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and the Middle East. The collection is sorted into "Baja Box" cases and are labeled based on location. Subjects within the collection include landmarks, personal photos of friends and family, and landscapes. Some noted recorded events include the parade of Elizabeth the Second's coronation and various years of the Kentucky Derby and Rose Parade.


    The collection is arranged into two series, Stereo Realist stereoscopic slides, and mono (non-stereo) slides. The container list has been written to allow cogency to the geographic areas depicted in this collection, but the collection has physically maintained Dahl's original order. Dahl did not indicate an order to the Baja boxes and one grey box, and therefore the box number has been arbitrarily assigned by California Museum of Photography staff. However, the contents of the drawers are maintained in Dahl's original order.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Dahl, Hendrick Christopher