Michigan State Normal College Stereograph collection
013.MSNCS

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Title
Michigan State Normal College Stereograph collection
ID
013.MSNCS
Date [inclusive]
1912-1933
Extent
0.8 Linear feet 1 stereograph archive box, 1 archive box
Language
English
Abstract
The Michigan State Normal College Stereograph collection is composed of stereographic cards that were distributed to Ypsilanti area high schools in order to illustrate the MSNC campus, facilities, and student life. Although none of the stereographs is dated, a short letter from MSNC President Charles McKenny was included with each set, which would date the collection to approx. 1912-1933.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Administrative History

The Michigan State Normal College Stereograph collection is composed of sets of stereographic cards that were mailed to Michigan high schools, in order to illustrate the MSNC campus, facilities, and student life. The cards include building views, both interior and exterior, sports facilities and teams, classrooms, the library, and views of the natural landscape on campus. There are also a few views of Ypsilanti, including Michigan Avenue and the post office building. As noted on each cardboard mount, the photographs were taken by the MSNC Department of Physics, and were issued by the Ypsilanti Board of Commerce.

A sheet of paper included in set of cards reads the following:

"The pictures in this set were all photographed by a special camera having two lenses placed as far apart as the distance between the two eyes. They are therefore so slightly different that it does not appear to the unaided eye, but it is due to this fact that they present such a strong perspective when viewed through a good stereoscope. Without the stereoscope they do not show the fine detail and depth which the camera has actually recorded.

Inasmuch as the views must pass through many hands, you are asked to protect them in every possible manner, and finally to pack them carefully and mail as directed from the Normal College office. Postage will be sent for this purpose.

The following suggestions are offered: 1. Retain the corrugated packing paper in which the box of views is sent so that they mailed safely to the next school. 2. Authorize some pupil to secure a good stereoscope from some patron of the school and take full charge of the views while they are in your care. Direct this pupil as to the best place to put the pictures on exhibition. 3. In mailing, kindly see that all the [blank] pictures are in the box with these directions at the top, pack well in the corrugated packing, and mail third class as directed from this office.

In case the superintendent or any of the teachers of the school are alumni of the Normal College, they will be able to supplement most interestingly the descriptive matter printed on the views. The cooperation of the high schools of the state in the successful circulation of these views is earnestly solicited and will be greatly appreciated."

-Instructions for Use. Michigan State Normal College Stereograph collection. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

The label on each of the boxes of stereograph sets reads the following:

"To the High Schools of Michigan The enclosed stereographic views are loaned to the high schools of this county by the State Normal College through the courtesy of the Ypsilanti Board of Commerce. Kindly follow the suggestions given below: 1. Provide yourself with a good stereoscope. Such an instrument is easily found in any community or high school. 2. Read the descriptive matter printed on the back of each card. 3. Do not allow the pictures to become scattered or lost. 4. Avoid scratching the glossy faces of the views when replacing them in the box. 5. Repack carefully and mail to the next town when notified by the College. Sufficient postage will be sent. 6. In case the box becomes damaged seriously, return the parcel to the Normal College.

Details regarding Normal College courses and curricula are set forth in the Catalog which will be sent free on request. Address College Secretary."

-Package for distribution. Michigan State Normal College Stereograph collection. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Scope and Contents

The Michigan State Normal College Stereograph collection is composed of stereographic cards that were distributed to Ypsilanti area high schools in order to illustrate the MSNC campus, facilities, and student life. Although none of the stereographs is dated, a short letter from MSNC President Charles McKenny was included with each set, which would date the collection to approx. 1912-1933. Each card has a description of the photograph printed on the back of the cardboard mount.

The Michigan State Normal College Stereograph collection has been arranged in original order numerically, by the numbers printed on the cardboard mount of each stereograph print. There are multiple copies of each stereograph; there are six full sets of cards, but in some instances there are as many as eight copies of individual stereographs. In addition, there are two stereographs that lack identifying information but were included in the sets, identified as "Miscellaneous." There are also three copies of the letter from MSNC President Charles McKenny, which introduces the stereograph sets and was printed on the same curved cardboard mount.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 October 2

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Conditions Governing Use note

The Michigan State Normal College Stereograph collection is composed of stereographic prints which have been mounted on brittle cardboard. By design, the mounts are curved, to enhance viewing through a stereoscope. As a result, that cannot be photocopied or scanned on a flatbed copier/scanner.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • McKenny, Charles, President Eastern Michigan College

Subject(s)

  • Buildings
  • College campuses
  • Michigan State Normal College
  • Teachers--Training of
  • University women

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

The stereograph cards can be viewed by the naked eye, but they were designed to be viewed by a stereoscope, and use of one would reveal greater detail and clarity in the photographs.

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Collection Inventory

Cards 

Main Building 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 1

Administration Building - East End 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 2

Pease Auditorium 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 3

Women's Gymnasium - Hockey Class 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 4

Starkweather Hall 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 5

Training School 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 6

Science Hall 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 7

Training School and Water Tower 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 8

Health Cottage 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 9

The Maples and Winding Walk 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 10

Training School and Playground 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 11

Campus Near Science Hall 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 12

An Interior of Starkweather Hall 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 13

Fountain and Administration Building 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 14

The Elms 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 15

The Base Ball Field 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 16

Tennis Courts 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 17

Interior Men's Gymnasium 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 18

Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 19

Typical Rooming House 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 20

Summer Scene 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 21

Starkweather Hall - East Entrance 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 22

The College Library 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 23

Ypsilanti City High School 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 24

Interior Women's Gymnasium 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 25

Post Office, Ypsilanti 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 26

Beyer Memorial Hospital 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 27

Main Front in Winter 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 28

Household Arts Laboratories 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 29

Water Tower and Playground 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 30

General Office 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 31

Domestic Science Kitchen 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 32

Miscellaneous 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 33

Letter From President McKenny 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023993042)   1 34

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Instructions for Use 


    Box Folder
Text (32307023993059)   2 1

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Package for Distribution 


    Box Object
Realia (32307023993059)   2 1

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