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Stereoscopic photographs

Identifier: ACA-0014-039

Collection Statement

The collection consists of 56 different stereoscopic photographs. Some photographs have more than one copy with a total of 114 photographs available. Numbers 40-76 were numbered by the manufacturer, and numbers 77-97 were numbered by the DePauw Archives staff. The photographs are mostly of the DePauw campus, a few are of Greencastle scenes, people, and other subjects. Two stereoscopic viewers are in the archivist's office and are available for viewing the stereoscopic photographs in the Archives.


  • 1898 - 2001

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to DePauw University.

Historical Sketch

Stereoscopy (also called stereoscopics) is a technique for creating or enhancing the illusion of depth in an image by means of stereopsis for binocular vision. The word stereoscopy derives from Greek στερεός (stereos), meaning 'firm, solid', and σκοπέω (skopeō), meaning 'to look, to see'. Any stereoscopic image is called a stereogram. Originally, stereogram referred to a pair of stereo images which could be viewed using a stereoscope. Most stereoscopic methods present two offset images separately to the left and right eye of the viewer. These two-dimensional images are then combined in the brain to give the perception of 3D depth. This technique is distinguished from 3D displays that display an image in three full dimensions, allowing the observer to increase information about the 3-dimensional objects being displayed by head and eye movements.


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials


Stereoscopic photographs
Wesley Wilson
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism Repository

Roy O. West Library
405 S. Indiana St.
Greencastle Indiana 46135 United States