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T.W. Ingersoll Sportsman’s Series Stereoview Cards Collection

Identifier: MSSP 7013

Scope and Contents

100 chromolithographed stereoscopic cards, in original box. Subjects include 82 hunting, fishing, hiking and camping scenes from locations across North America, as well as 18 scenes of Native American camp life, including images of Ojibwa, Siksika, and Lakota people. Many of the images document scenes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Montana, and the Pacific Northwest. Cards bear extended descriptions on the reverse.

The cards are numbered 401 to 500, with copyright dates ranging from 1898 to 1905. Not all cards include a copyright date. The collection also includes a stereoscope viewer for viewing the cards.

Cards meaure 7 inches by 3.5 inches.


  • Creation: 1898-1905


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Truman Ward Ingersoll was a photographer based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He specialized in manufacturing and selling photographic stereoview cards through his mail order business. He produced many images of nature, the wilderness, and outdoor sports.

The Library of Congress explains that stereograph cards “consist of two nearly identical photographs or photomechanical prints, paired to produce the illusion of a single three-dimensional image, usually when viewed through a stereoscope.”

Stereoscopic photography originated in the early nineteenth century. The process was improved and popularized in the middle of the nineteenth century, particularly after the invention of lightweight portable stereoscope viewers. Stereoscope cards remained popular collectible items through the first years of the twentieth century.


.30 Cubic Feet (2 Boxes)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556