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Magic Lantern Slides Collection

Identifier: CLRC-2336

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 23 French glass lantern slides. The black outlines on the slides are printed, with hand-painted color. They are a mixture of stories, including some fairy tales, many of which seem to be incomplete. Identifiable texts and stories include "Histoire des animaux," "Poule aux oeufs d'or," "Historie de Polichinelle," "Le chat botte," "Le petit poucet," "Le Bijou de la mere camu," and "Le petit chaperon rouge." Additional slides appear to include two showing some events in China, including the Battle of Palikao, as well as various slides with images of people, some caricatured.


  • After 1860

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Lantern slides, also known as magic lanterns, were a projection and viewing device invented in the 17th century. The earliest slides were hand-painted glass, although later ones were also mechanically printed. They were widely used between the 17th and mid-20th century. The slides in this collection appear to be late 19th century (post 1860 due to the mention of the 1860 Battle of Palikao.)


.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Contains 23 French glass lantern slides.

Magic Lantern Slides collection, after 1860
Caitlin Marineau
January 2022
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library