Photo Collection (PC) 150
View-Master & Reels
Acquisition And Processing Information
The View-Master and reels in this collection were donated to MASC by Trevor James Bond on July 16, 2012, and processed by University Archivist Mark O'English that day.
Number of containers: 1 box
Linear feet of shelf space: .5
Approximate number of reels: 100
View-Masters date to 1939, created by Sawyer's Photo Services. A View-Master is basically a stereoscopic viewer designed to view seven pairs of film images, rather than pairs of printed photographs that a traditional stereoscopic viewer would view. During the 1940s and 1950s they became very popular; the most common subject of View-Master reels tended to be scenic views of tourist destinations.
The collection consists of 100 View-Master reels and one View-Master viewer (Model C, black). The collection is intended primarily as a photographic artifact rather than as a true historic resource, though reels 108, 112, 116, 145, and 151 are all with the Pacific Northwest scope that the MASC's collections usually cover. The images collected here primarily cover the western United States, the northeastern USA and southerneastern Canada, and Mexico.
The collection is arranged in the numberical items corresponding to the original numbers printed on the items. A few items which have series and then numbers within that series are located at the end of the collection, alphabetically by series identifier and then by number.
This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright applies.
The suggested citation for the collection is:
View-Master & Reels, 1946-1951 (PC 150)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
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