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Guide to the Stereoscopic Views Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stereoscopic Views Collection,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1877-1913
    Collection Number: Mss 121
    Extent: 3.4 linear feet (5 card boxes and 1 document box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Sur
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Stereoscopic Views Collection. Mss 121. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Allan Adrian, Mr. and Mrs Henry M. Adams, Howard Walls, and other gifts and other purchases, ca. 1960s-2003.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains about 600 stereoscopic views, also known as stereoscopic slides, stereographs, and stereopticans. These images were intended to be viewed on handheld stereoscopes, which gave the illusion of 3D images. Most of the views have printed captions. The bulk are black/white, but a few are tinted and others have printed color images. Included are views from California, other parts of the U.S. and more than 30 other countries; also subjects as mining, Native Americans, Spanish American War, and U.S. Civil War.
    The images in the collection are divided into the following four series: California, Other U.S., Other Countries, and Subjects.
    A stereoscope is included in the collection (Box 6), to view the images.
    Companies represented in the collection include:
    • American Stereoscopic Co. (NY)
    • B. W. Kilburn (Littleton, NH)
    • Galbreath, Harvey & Lyles (Manitou, CO)
    • H. C. White (N. Bennington VT)
    • Ingersoll View Company [also T. W. Ingersoll] (St. Paul, MN)
    • J. C. Moulton (Fitchburg, MA)
    • Keystone View Co. (Meadville, PA; Portland, OR; St. Louis, San Francisco, Toronto, New York, London; Sydney)
    • Littleton View Co. (Littleton, NH)
    • Miller View Co. (Tyrone, PA)
    • Montgomery Ward & Co. (Chicago, IL)
    • R. M. McIntosh (Northfield, VT)
    • Savage & Ottinger's (Salt Lake City, UT)
    • Strohmeyer and Wyman
    • Thomas Houseworth & Co. (San Francisco, CA)
    • Underwood & Underwood (New York; London; Toronto; Ottawa, KS)
    • W. N. Hobbs (Exeter, NH)
    • Webfoot View Company
    • World Wide View Co. (Chicago)
    Further information about stereoscopic views and those who produced them may be found in works such as the following. These are located in Special Collections, have been cataloged individually, and may be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.
    • American Stereographs: A Selection from Private Collections (Grey Gallery, 1980).
    • Brewster, David. The Stereoscope: Its History, Theory, and Construction (1971). Darrah, William Culp. The World of Stereographs (1977).
    • Darrah William Culp. Stereo Views: A History of Stereographs in America and Their Collection(1964).
    • Jones, John. Wonders of the Stereoscope (1976).Symons, K. C. M. Stereoscopic Cameras (1978).
    • Treadwell, T. K. Stereographers of the World (1994).
    • Waldsmith, John S. Stereo Views: An Illustrated History and Price Guide (1991).
    • Wing, Paul. Stereoscopes: The First One Hundred Years (1996).