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Keystone View Company Collection Tour of the World

Identifier: 01/MS 00008

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a full set of stereoviews from the Keystone View Company's "Tour of the World" series.  The set includes stereoview images from six continents, excluding Antarctica. The scenes capture diverse people, monuments, and landscapes.  Each stereoview has a description of the scene located on the back.  The descriptions are often ethno-centric towards non-western cultures.  Points of interest include European-controlled Africa, the Middle East before the creation of Israel, and Germany in between the World Wars. The collection also includes a company guidebook from 1936.


  • circa 1892-1933, 1936


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers.Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Administrative History:

The Keystone View Company was a major distributor of stereographic images and was located in Meadville, Pennsylvania.


4.75 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

The stereoviews are arranged in order by manufacture number. A guidebook printed by the Keystone View Comapny follows the stereoviews.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2010.778 was received by Special Collections in December 2010.

Related Materials:

Kelvin Ramsey Collection of Stereoviews and Lantern Slides, Acc. 2014.193.


Guide to the Keystone View Company Collection Tour of the World
Stephanie Krauss, SCRC staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository