Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
George H. Luther glass slides

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: George H. Luther glass slides,
Creator: Luther, George H.
Inclusive dates: 1898-1899
Extent: .25 cubic feet (in 1 slide box)
Abstract:
Homemade glass slides (39) document historic buildings, fort, rock formations, and harbors of Mackinac Island (Mich.), Arlington Hotel, Petoskey (Mich.), Pointe Aux Barques lighthouse, Chicago (Ill.), including one of a statue of Abraham Lincoln by August Saint-Gaudens in Lincoln Park, and buildings and statues of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition (2) seen in 1898-1899, and miscellaneous slides of other locations.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

No Acc#

Access Restrictions:

George H. Luther glass slides collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

George H. Luther glass slides, 1898-1899, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is numerical by slide number.


History

Biography:

George H. Luther was born in April 1865 in Michigan. A slide in the collection is of the “old Geo. H. Luther bridge” in Lamont, Michigan. Perhaps it was named in honor of Luther or his father. It is therefore highly probable that he was raised in Lamont. In 1900 Luther and his wife, Mary A., lived in Chicago with their two daughters, Bessie, age five, and Jeannette, age one. Luther then worked as a cashier in an office. The family visited or perhaps lived in Chicago in 1898 and 1899, during which time they photographed a Chicago Day parade, street scenes, a sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, ships, and buildings and statues remaining from the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. By 1924 the family had moved to Los Angeles, California. There is no information available on R. E. McLean or Wm. H. Rau. (This information is from the collection and AncestryPlus.com viewed in Jan. 2009.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 39 homemade slides documenting Lamont, Mackinaw Island, and Petoskey, Michigan; Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse in Port Hope, Michigan; Chicago, including buildings of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 seen in 1898 and 1899; two ships, the launch of the Illinois, April 22, 1899, and the U.S.S. Oregon, returning from the Philippines, 1898; and an interior view of a home in Denver, Colorado; the exterior of Hadden Hall in Debyshire, England; a view of a dock, possibly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and a few unidentified, miscellaneous slides. Many of the homemade slides have manufactured labels on which are typed “No.,” “Subject,” and “Manufactured by Geo. H. Luther, Austin, Ill.” Some of the slide labels are just slips of paper. The information on the slide labels is handwritten unless otherwise specified in the inventory as being typed. While most of the slides are undated they are clearly a set, so they were likely all made between 1898 and 1899. The slides were not originally numbered, but are now (if they have a label) to facilitate retrieval and use by researchers. The collection probably was in part created and in part collected by George H. Luther. Overall the slides are in good condition and are housed in their original box.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
    • Luther, George H.
    • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Statues.
    • Lighthouses--Michigan.
    • Mackinac Island (Mich.) --History.
    • Chicago (Ill.)--History.
    • Petoskey (Mich.)--History.
    • Lamont (Mich.)--History.
    • Denver (Colo.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    George H. Luther glass slides [series]:
    Box   1 S   1
    Mackinac Island, view from Fort. Some pieces of orange paper are stuck to the slide. Label says Mackinac Island, Mich. undated
    Box   1 S   2
    Woman standing in grove of tall pine trees. undated
    Box   1 S   3
    Mackinac Island, view from side of Fort. Some pieces of orange paper are stuck to the slide. Paper trim coming off exterior rim. undated
    Box   1 S   4
    Woman sitting on top of Arched Rock, Mackinac Island, Mich. undated
    Box   1 S   5
    The Soo Locks with a big ship of some type in locks, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. undated
    Box   1 S   6
    Harbor view, possibly shot from atop and behind Arched Rock, Mackinac Island, Mich. undated
    Box   1 S   7
    Woman sitting in grove of trees by dirt road. Label says Mackinac Island [Mich.]. undated
    Box   1 S   8
    Woman standing at base of large rock formation. Some pieces of orange paper are stuck to the slide. Label says Sugar Loaf, Mackinac [Mich.]. undated
    Box   1 S   9
    Main harbor, Mackinac Island, view from Fort. Label says Harbor, Mackinac Island [Mich.]. undated
    Box   1 S   10
    Woman sitting on top of Arched Rock, Mackinac Island. Label says Arched Rock, Mackinac [Mich.]. undated
    Box   1 S   11
    Lighthouse in the evening, shot from a boat. Label says Evening at Pointe Aux Barques, [Port Hope, Mich.], R. E. McLean. undated
    Box   1 S   12
    Woman and tennis court in front of Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island. Label says Grand Hotel, Mackinac [Mich.]. undated
    Box   1 S   13
    Guard house and other buildings inside Fort Mackinac. Label says Mackinac Island [Mich.]. undated
    Box   1 S   14
    Hotel. Label says Arlington Hotel, Petoskey [Mich.]. undated
    Box   1 S   15
    People riding miniature train. Label says Miniature RR [railroad] Train in P.R.R. [Pennsylvania Railroad?]. undated
    Box   1 S   16
    People, horse carriages on Goodrich Dock by the Atlanta [possibly in Milwaukee, Wis.]. undated
    Box   1 S   17
    Man sitting inside a dry goods or general store. undated
    Box   1 S   18
    Castle-like mansion. Typed label says 34. Potter Palmer’s residence, [Chicago, existed 1885-1951]. undated
    Box   1 S   19
    Parade. Label in slide says Chicago Day Parade, Geo. H. Luther, L [for Luther]. 1899
    Box   1 S   20
    Same parade. Label in slide says Chicago Day parade, Pres. McKinley in carriage. Geo. H. Luther, L. 1899
    Box   1 S   21
    Festooned building. Label in slide says Mandel Bros. decorations, Chicago Day, Geo. H. Luther, L. 1899
    Box   1 S   22
    Electrically lit building at night. Label in slide says Olympia at Mandel Bros decoration, Geo. H. Luther, L. undated
    Box   1 S   23
    Electrically lit buildings at night. Label in slide says Illumination on State St., Chicago Day, Geo. H. Luther, L. 1899
    Box   1 S   24
    People watching launching of ship. Label says Launching the Illinois, By R. E. McLean. April 22, 1899
    Box   1 S   25
    Frigate at sea, crew on deck. Label says 14929 Sampson Fleet Returning U.S.S. Oregon under way, by Wm. H. Rau. [The Oregon went to Manila during the Spanish American War. It existed 1891-1919.] 1898
    Box   1 S   26
    Big round thing. Part of ship? Mini rollercoaster? Label in slide says Geo. H. Luther, Chicago, L. undated
    Box   1 S   27
    Horse carriage and wagon on dirt road in small town. undated
    Box   1 S   28
    Fancy building with figures in front. Label says One of the Peristyle[s] that connect ace building, probably at the Chicago World’s Fair. 1898?
    Box   1 S   29
    Statue in harbor, probably at the Chicago World’s Fair. 1898?
    Box   1 S   30
    Interior of a parlor with piano and fireplace. Label in slide says Geo. H. Luther. Label on slide says Geo. H. Luther, Interior-A Denver home.  undated
    Box   1 S   31
    Front steps leading to doors of building. Label in slide says Dorothy Vernon’s Doorway Hadden Hall, Geo. H. Luther, Chicago, L. [Hadden Hall is located in Debyshire, England.] undated
    Box   1 S   32
    Eight men and a dog in front of a store with Post Office and liver pill signs. Label in slide says Wallings Store, Lamont [Mich.], L. undated
    Box   1 S   33
    View of a one-story church or school across a grassy lawn with two dirt roads. undated
    Box   1 S   34
    View of a two-story building with a crow’s nest or belfry in the middle of the roof, next to a fence and smaller barn. undated
    Box   1 S   35
    View of a rough wooden bridge over a stream. Empty label. undated
    Box   1 S   36
    Women and children at base of large, three-story building, perhaps a mill? Label says Approach of the Old Geo. H. Luther Bridge, Lamont, Mich. undated
    Box   1 S   37
    Distant view of several large buildings and rough wooden fences near large river. Label says Grand River, Mich. Geo. H. Luther, GL. undated
    Box   1 S   38
    Woman carrying wood on her head, man in derby with cane walking away by fence on a city street with a factory and telegraph pole in background. Typed label says Italian woman carrying about 60 lbs of wood on her head. Harrison Street, west from Halsted. CHICAGO. undated
    Box   1 S   39
    Statue of President Abraham Lincoln standing in front of chair on square pillar. [Statue sculpted by August Saint-Gaudens in Lincoln Park, Chicago.] undated