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Stereograph cards

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 4
Identifier: C-185

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Collection of historic photographs, stereograph cards, cabinet photographs, and cartes-de-visites collected by Middlebury Special Collections. The collection includes images taken from 1870 onward. Subjects include the Middle East, Jerusalem, Nazareth and Palestine, Egypt, India, pornography, and various individuals seated for portraits. Portraits in the collection incude Middle Eastern studio portraits as well as approximately 45 black and white studio portraits taken in New England studios.


  • circa 1880-

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Stereographs consist of two nearly identical photographs or photomechanical prints, paired to produce the illusion of a single three-dimensional image, usually when viewed through a stereoscope. Stereographs and stereoscopes became popular in the mid-nineteenth century.


From the Collection: 3 Boxes (1 letter size document box and 1 small flat box shelved together; 1 flat oversize box shelved separately)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Stereographs are best viewed using a stereoscope. Middlebury's Special Collections has three stereoscopes: one Brewster stereoscope (variety developed by David Brewster, 1849) and two Holmes stereoscopes (type of stereoscope invented by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1861). Please contact Special Collections if interested in using stereoscopes to view stereograph cards.

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States