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Valparaiso University Lantern Slide Collection

Identifier: sc.2016.03.31

Scope and Contents

While the creator(s) of the lantern slides in this collection is unknown, the images have been identified as depicting the University's campus during the period around 1925-1933. Many of the images are found in the University's yearbook, "The Record", from around this time period, within University Bulletins, recruitment brochures, and some within the University publication "The Torch". They contain images of interiors and exteriors of campus buildings, groups of people on campus, students participating in various activities on campus, and campus groups posed for yearbook shots.


  • Creation: 1925 - 1933

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Valparaiso University Archives and Special Collections, Valparaiso University.

Conditions Governing Use

Due to the fragile nature of these slides, researchers are required to use the digital images unless prior permission is obtained.

Biographical / Historical

The images in this collection are of the university campus, faculty, and students between the years 1925-1933. Because of that time frame, the images bridge the gap between Old School when Oliver Perry Kinsey was President and the beginning administration of Current under O.C. Kreinheder.

There are two figures with strong connection to the collection: Photographer A.H. Reading and Professor M.E. Zimmerman. Some of the slides were also located as printed photographs within the University Archives. Of those, a few were matted and signed by A.H. Reading. That serves as a strong indicator Reading was involved in the process, whether he was the photographer or developed the negatives.

Professor Zimmerman was a prominent Valpo figure, beginning his career during the Old School era and persisting into the 1950's. During his time, especially durng the period in which the photos were taken, Zimmerman was active in many aspects of campus life from building management to the athletics committee and being the manager Brown and Gold Cafe, all of which show up among the photos. Zimmerman's wife and former student Lorena shows up in at least one photo (possibly two).

Lowell Thomas appears in slide 24c. Thomas was a Valparaiso Universtity graduate in 1911, and went on to become a prominent radio broadcaster (among other trades), well known for his association with Lawrence of Arabia.

President O.C. Kreinheder appears in slide 24b and slide 24c.

There is evidence to suggest that some slides are missing from the collection; some slides are numbered as though they are part of a subcategorized series but the other slides are missing. Additionally, sources in which some other slides are located include images that could be a part of the series. Lorena appears in a graduating photo within the 1928 catalog but the slide is not present.


2 Boxes (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

No linguistic content; Not applicable


The slides are being kept in order by numbers written on the paper frames of the slides, though no known rationale for the numbers has been found. Some of the slides have the same number but were then classified with letters (e.g 24a, 24b, 24c). While some instances of the letter classification indicate the images belonged to a series, others lack an apparent connection.

The Inventory is provided to identify the slides as they are numbered (note: there are two slides labeled 7a and two labeled 7b).

2 Cars on Street

3 Campus View

4a Valpo Faculty

4b Student Body

5 Chapel

6 Chapel Interior

7a Art Student and Professor

7a Art Student

7b Alumni Parade

7b Psychology Lab

8 Science Hall

9 Pharmacy Lab

10 Advanced Physical Laboratory

11 Chemistry Lab

12 Chemical Laboratory

13 Group of Faculty

14 Medical Building

15 Biology Lab

16 Materia Medica Room

17 Science Student

18 Empty Science Hall Classroom

19 Geology Student

20 Music Hall

21a University Choir

21b University Band

22 DeMotte Hall

23 Group of Faculty Men

24a Library Reading Room

24b Graduates

24c Committee Meeting Lowell Thomas

25 Home Ec Classroom

26 Two Home Ec Students (Including Lorena LaHayne Zimmerman)

27 Group of Faculty Men

28 Students Surveyng

29a Prexy's Home

29b Engineering Room

30 Engineering Room

31a Students Taking Test

31b Graduate Procession

32 Heritage Library

33a Altruria Exterior

33b Altruria Girls

34 Altruria Interior

35 Altruria Dining Hall

36a Lembke Hall Exterior

36b Lembke Boys

37 Brown and Gold Cafe

38a Torch Office

38b Women's Basketball

38c Women with Horse

38d Woman with Horse (Possibly Lorena Zimmerman)

38e Archery

39a Men's Basketball

39b Man Scoring Basketball

40a 1932 Men's Football

41 Just an Ol' Spinach Custom

42a Men's Track

42c Women's Track

46 Float

The following slides were either unnumbered, or in such condition that made identifying the number impossible.

Old Campus

Student Bridge

Valpo Fight

Victor Featherweight Lantern Slides


Valparaiso University Lantern Slide Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Valparaiso University Special Collections Repository

1410 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso IN 46383 United States