The Syracuse University Archives holds approximately 2200 glass plate negatives and lantern slides in its collections. Despite their physical delicacy, they provide remarkable glimpses into our local and even national history. There are glass plate negatives that detail soldiers training on campus during World War I and University researchers leaving for a South American expedition. Lantern slides in the Archives record events in the history of Syracuse and Central New York as well as Syracuse University buildings and sports. Many of the lantern slides, covering geologic and other subjects, were used for instructional purposes. Furthermore, the glass plate negatives and lantern slides in the Archives' collections represent a moment in the history of photography itself.