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New York Public Library
All images used in the Stereogranimator can be found in the NYPL Digital Gallery, an open-access repository of over 800,000 digital images. The vast majority (over 39,000 items) originate in the Robert N. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views, which is physically housed in the Photography Collection in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd and 5th Avenue, New York City.
Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library Print Department holds nearly 2,500 stereographs, the majority of them are regional views of America, with emphasis on Boston and New England. The collection, comprised of several donations, also includes international views, comic series, and stereographs for testing stereo depth perception.
The nearly 650 Boston stereographs used in the Stereogranimator can be found in the Boston Public Library's Flickr account. These stereographs record the built environment and events from the 1850s to the first decades of the 20th century. Among the topographic and scenic views are panoramas of the city, the Great Fire of Boston (1872), the American Peace Jubilee and Music Festival (1869), and people participating in events of the day.
First produced as entertainment devices, the stereographs are reference tools for depicting buildings no longer extant; changes to Boston Harbor; modes of costume and entertainment of the era; and the importance of the Boston Common and Public Garden in enriching the lives of its citizens.
U.S. Geological Survey
The growing number of stereographs in this U.S. Geological Survey collection come from over 700 photos in the USGS Photographic Library, with a majority sourced from the Four Great Surveys of the West in the 1860s and '70s. Congress established the USGS in 1879, after abolishing the three remaining federal surveys, to continue their work in a more coordinated and efficient way. Iconic scenes from this period of U.S. expansion and exploration of the West include views of Yellowstone National Park (first national park, 1872), the Rio Grande River, travels through Colorado and Wyoming, and even flippin' flapjacks in camp.
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