Lantern Slide Collections at the SU Archives
Central New York Images
The Archives has three major collections of lantern slides. The first is a collection of about a hundred images of Central New York, including the 1912 cyclone at Long Branch Park, Green Lakes, school children, as well as some images of SU athletic events. These were taken by Clarence Brown of Cortland from 1912 to 1914.
A larger collection consists of about 1900 glass lantern slides of geological sites around the world. In addition to slides of New York are shots of the Grand Canyon and other sites in the United States; caves, glaciers and mountains; and Europe, Greenland, India and other countries. These lantern slides may have been used as an instructional tool in classrooms.
Thirty-four of the Archives' lantern slides record interior architectural features of Yates Castle, one of the University's lost buildings. Built in the 1850s and bought by Syracuse University in 1905, Yates Castle housed the Slocum Teachers College and then the School of Journalism. The building was demolished in 1954 to accommodate the expansion of SUNY Upstate Medical School. Dating approximately between the 1940s and early 1950s, the lantern slide images show the beautifully-detailed woodwork around windows, doorways, and stairways as well as elaborate ceiling moldings and murals.