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Buddington, A. F. (Arthur Francis), 1890-1980
Arthur Buddington Lantern Slides of Russia
Manuscripts Division
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Arthur Buddington (1890-1980) was a professor of geology at Princeton University from 1920 until the 1970s. This collection consists of lantern slides taken by Princeton University professor of geology, Arthur Buddington, during a working trip to Russia in 1937.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection consists of 58 lantern slides taken by Princeton University professor of geology, Arthur Buddington, during a working trip to Russia in 1937. These slides were probably used for lectures, but there are no notes associated with the images to provide any context. Most of the slides are photographic images, but there are also slides with charts, graphs, and diagrams. The slides are labeled, presumably by Buddington, and those labels were transcribed for the folder titles. Researchers should note that some names are spelled in more than one way, per Buddington's labels. It is unclear from the slides the purpose of the trip, geologically speaking.

Images are largely of geological interest, particularly of deposits, mines, and quarries. However, there are images of people participating on the trip, identified in most cases only by surname, including Bruce, Hiesleitner or Hissleitner, Junner, Wade, Dave Williams of the London School of Mines, and Zavaritsky who served as the leader of the Urals trip; as well as images of the housing for the scientists and a lecture given, presumably, by the participants of the trip. Finally, there are a few interesting images providing context to the political environment of the years leading up to World War II, including monuments to and portraits of Stalin at train stations and barbed wire at the Finland/U.S.S.R. border.

Researchers studying the geology of Russia will find this collection to be of interest. Those looking for images of pre-World War II Russia will find only a few useful images.


Arranged in alphabetical order by geographic place.

Collection Creator Biography:

Buddington, A. F. (Arthur Francis), 1890-1980

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Arthur Buddington (1890-1980), the son of Osmer G. and Mary Salina Buddington, earned his bachelor's degree (1912) and his master's degree (1913) at Brown University and his doctorate (1916) at Princeton University. When the United States entered World War I, Buddington enlisted as a private in the Signal Corps, but was transferred to the Chemical Warfare Service. In 1924, he married Jene Muntz and they were the parents of one daughter.

Buddington's career spanned more than fifty years. He began as an instructor at Brown University from 1917 to 1919, then moving on to working as a petrologist at Geophysical Laboratory at Carnegie Institute of Technology from 1919 to 1920. In 1920, he began his long career as professor at Princeton University which continued until the 1970s and where, in 1959, he was named the Elmer Blair Professor of Geology. While at Princeton, he also participated in the United States Geological Survey studying Southeast Alaska from 1920 to 1925, was a field geologist with the New York State Museum, and served as a geologist for the United States Geological Survey from 1943 to 1962. He focused his research on the regions of southeastern Alaska, the Cascade Range in Oregon, New York State (particularly the Adirondacks), and New Jersey. In 1937, Buddington participated in a trip to Russia.

Buddington was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1943 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1947. He was awarded the Penrose Medal of the Geological Society of America in 1954, the Roebling Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America in 1956, the Andre H. Dumont Medal of the Geological Society of Belgium in 1960; and the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of the Interior in 1963. He was the author of more than 70 articles published in scholarly journals.

For more information on Arthur Buddington, researchers should consult the biographical memoir for Buddington, written by Harold L. James, and published by the National Academy of Sciences in 1987 (

Collection History


This collection was transferred from the Department of Geological and Geyophysical Sciences of Princeton University in 1996.


No materials were removed during 2013 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Holly Mengel in 2013. Labels provided, presumably by Arthur Buddington, were used to create the folder titles. Finding aid written by Holly Mengel in 2013.

In 2022, restrictions on the glass lantern slides were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The glass-plate negatives are fragile and require special handling in the reading room.

Credit this material:

Arthur Buddington Lantern Slides of Russia; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Subject Terms:
Geologists -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
Geology--Russia (Federation)--Ural Mountains
Mines and mineral resources--Russia (Federation)
Genre Terms:
Lantern slides -- 20th century.
Ural Mountains (Russia)