David Snedeker Collection of Florida Stereoviews
Scope and Content
The Snedeker Collection of Florida stereoviews contains over 2,000 stereoscopic images from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Stereoviews were primarily marketed to tourists looking for souvenirs of their visit to Florida. The images depict Florida fauna, flora, landscapes, architecture, waterways, and people, including many views of African Americans. The bulk of the collection includes topics such as hotels and other tourist attractions, steamboats, and agriculture, but covers other subjects such as the Civil War and the Spanish American War. The collection also includes a coin-operated stereo card viewer in a wooden cabinet that was originally used in arcades. It was produced by the Mills Novelty Company of Chicago around 1905.
- circa 1865-1930
- Snedeker, David, 1950- (Person)
The collection is open for research.
Stereoviews consist of two almost identical photographs that are placed side by side on a paper card or glass plate. Looking at the cards through a special viewer, which has lenses placed two and a half inches apart, creates a three-dimensional image.
6 Linear Feet (10 Boxes)
Language of Materials
The Snedeker Collection of Florida stereoviews contains over 2,000 stereoscopic images from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These images depict Florida fauna, flora, landscapes, architecture, waterways, and people, including African Americans.
The stereoviews are arranged alphabetically by either publisher or photographer of the image.
University of Florida Smathers Library Building
Donated by David Snedeker in 2021.
Existence and Location of Copies
A small number of stereoview cards in the collection are not related to Florida. They are located in the last box of the collection, rather than alphabetically by publisher.
- A Guide to the David Snedeker Collection of Florida Stereoviews
- Finding aid created by Bridget Bihm-Manuel
- May 2023
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
- Language of description
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- Language of description note
- Description is written in English.
Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository
George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America