Contents and Arrangement

Glass Lantern Slides, 1915-1923

8 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The slides in this series appear to have once been stored in an original order that has since been lost. Fraser labeled the slides into series and numbers, some of which appear to match an order that is no longer discernable. Many slides have titles, dates and numbers, but the original order has not survived. The photographs correspond with Fraser's trips to the western United States in 1915, 1916, 1918, and 1919, all of which are documented in diaries in the collection. At least one slide taken in Zion National Park is dated 1921 and another slide in Utah dated to 1923.

Topics include geology, local Native Americans (Navajos), landbridges, cliff dwellings, pueblos, and landscapes. Two images of a rodeo in Payson, Utah are present. Locations include Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, Acoma Pueblo, Zion, Oraibi Mesa, Bryce Canyon, Meteor Crater, Grand Canyon, Bright Angel canyon, Temple Creek Canyon, landscapes in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah.

There is a high concentration of images of cliff dwellings and pueblos in box 10.


This series has been arranged in 4 boxes.

Collection History

Custodial History

The glass lantern slides were given the Princeton Geology Department by the Fraser family following Fraser's death, and were subsequently transferred to the library.

The collection was transferred to the Rare Books division in 2010.

Processing Information

Finding aid expanded and updated by Valerie Addonizio in 2009 and 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Credit this material:

Glass Lantern Slides; George C. Fraser Collection, WC038, Rare Book Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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