The production of stereoscopic views became a colossal commercial industry in the nineteenth century. Through the use of twin photographs and a customized viewer, they had the ability of recreating the illusion of depth. Stereocards were sold for a variety of purposes; however, they became a staple in the souvenir market.
The Clarke E. Leverette Collection is a significant and comprehensive stereoscopic collection with thousands of stereoviews produced by world renowned publishers such as Underwood & Underwood and the Kilburn Brothers.
While the Clarke E. Leverette Collection depicts a wide variety of subjects, including views of the University of Guelph, portraits, and travel views from across the globe, a significant portion of the collection includes travel views of Scotland and souvenirs specifically dedicated to Scottish travel.
The collection consists of nineteenth and early-twentieth-century stereoscopic cards, Viewmaster stereoscopic picture cards and Kodachrome (1940s-1980s), issues of "Stereo World" magazine (1974-1980), indexes, articles, price lists, and catalogues for stereographics created in the United States, photographs, and various other related published material.
Types of Materials
- Audiovisual Material
- Published Material
- Unpublished Material and Manuscripts
Over 7000 stereoscopic cards and approximately 132 cm of textual and graphic material.