The Lantern Slide Collection at the University of Chicago: An Inspired Path to Digitization and Reuse on Chicago's South Side

  • Whitney Gaylord University of Chicago
Keywords: lantern slides, digitization, artists, archives, artists projects


In 2009, the Visual Resources Center’s historic collection of lantern slides at the University of Chicago was digitized and donated to artist Theaster Gates. Since then, a public digital collection has been made available online, the physical slides have been a part of several artist projects, and now the collection is permanently housed in the new Stony Island Arts Bank, a cultural venue for the community on the South Side of Chicago.

Author Biography

Whitney Gaylord, University of Chicago

Whitney Gaylord is the Assistant Director, Digital Collections, in the Visual Resources Center at the University of Chicago.

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