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Guide to the Azel Hull Fish lantern slide lecture sets and photographs,, 1890s-1940s

Summary

The chief component consists of roughly 2000 lantern slides used by college professor Azel Hull Fish in lectures about the history of California, the Panama-Pacific Exposition, Plymouth Colony, the settling of the American West, social and economic development of the U.S., works of art, and other historical and philosophical subjects. The slides are arranged by subject group. Additional materials consist of photographs, some loose, but most mounted in photograph albums. Some of these were souvenir albums with views of California and other Western states by commercial photographers. Also included are some pamphlets, chiefly lecture texts, and a slide projector.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10193
Title
Azel Hull Fish lantern slide lecture sets and photographs
Date
1890s-1940s
Creator
Fish, Azel Hull
Extent
9 Linear Feet, 6 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The chief component consists of a large collection of lantern slides used by college professor Azel Hull Fish in lectures about the history of California, the Panama-Pacific Exposition, Plymouth Colony, the settling of the American West, social and economic development of the U.S., works of art, and other historical and philosophical subjects. The slides are arranged by subject group and number roughly 2000. Additional materials consist of photographs, some loose, but most mounted in photograph albums. Some of these were souvenir albums with views of California and other Western states by commercial photographers. Also included are some pamphlets, chiefly lecture texts, and a slide projector.

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Arrangement

Materials are in order as received; slides are grouped roughly by lecture topic.

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Collection contains fragile photographic formats that need to be reformatted before use. Access copies may be requested in advance.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Azel Hull Fish lantern slide lecture sets and photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Lantern slides, 1890s-1930s

Lantern slides (positive transparencies) measure 3 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches and are housed in small slide boxes within larger boxes. Boxes 1-3 have four lantern slide boxes per larger box. Box 4 has six lantern slide boxes. Box 5 has one lantern slide box. There are some broken slides but on the whole they are in good condition. Most are in black-and-white but there are some hand-tinted and color transparencies.

Because of their vulnerability to breakage, lantern slides are restricted. Copies of images may be requested in advance. Please contact the Rubenstein Library before coming to use these materials.

Box 1-5
Photograph albums and loose prints, 1910s-1940s

Four albums house photographs chiefly of Western states and particularly California. Some could be considered souvenir albums or viewbooks, with images by commercial photographers. THere is also a group of 16 loose photographs, photographer unknown. Subjects include agricultural scenes, particularly orchards; railroads; immigrant populations; cities and towns in California; and various scenic landscapes.

Box 5
Stereopticon projector, no date
Box 6
Pamphlets, 1930s?
Box 5
 

Historical Note

Azel Hull Fish was appointed pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Nyack, NY, in 1911. He was also a college professor during the 1930s at Tusculum College in Tennessee. He and his wife, Alice Graham, had one son. In the 1930s he moved to New Jersey, where he was headmaster of a school. He died on March 31, 1949, in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He and his wife are buried in San Rafael, California. Many of his relatives were based in Carpinteria, California, and he lived in California for a time as a youth, and traveled there for visits later on in life.


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Provenance

The Azel Hull Fish lantern slide lecture sets and photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1991 and 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by Duke Libraries staff. Collection has been given core-level processing; materials are in their original order as received.

Accession(s) represented in this collection guide: 1991-0163 and 1993-0200.