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Dr. Joseph Lyman Kingsbury, a member of the History faculty, founded a museum on campus 1925 “In the two and one half years that I have been engaged in this work the Historical Collections have grown from a few hundred items to about seven thousand and we are now occupying three rooms of the third floor of the Library building of the Teacher’s College….It is the ambition of both President Marquis and myself to make the Historical Collections the largest in the United States…We are determined to make a collection that shall be comprehensive.”[ a letter from Dr. Kingsbury to Mr. Dick Chapman, 1928-11-01]
“In the spring of 1925, the students of the Criddle Society voted to sponsor a museum in memory of E. D. Criddle, the history department head who had just died. The first few exhibits were quartered in the history offices in the Administration Building [now the Auditorium Building]. A year later the Board of Regents named Dr. J. L. Kingsbury of the history faculty a curator of the Historical Collection, which was given one room on the third floor of the Library Building [now known as Curry Hall]. Two ore rooms had been taken over by 1929. In March 1930 the legislature designated the college museum as a State Historical Collection. Dr. Kingsbury by 1931 had developed a collection of manuscripts and documents, arms and weapons from 1840 through the World War, articles representing American economic and industrial development, foreign items, and archives of the college.” [
Eventually the Historical Collection would be moved down stairs and take over all the rooms on the first floor. The museum had a large collections of firearms, dolls, blue glass, and ethnographic artifacts. It was closed in 1986. Part of the collection went to the Layland Museum in Cleburne, Texas. Artifacts that had been placed on loan to the museum were returned or became the property of the state. Some of the artifacts remain in the collection of Special Collections.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
This collection is not restricted.
This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
The slides are arranged into two primary series and ordered by number within each series. Series 1: Keystone contains lantern slides manufactured by the Keystone Company. Series 2: Teaching Slides contains a general collection of lantern slides on a diverse range of subjects.
This collection contains lantern slides (glass slides) from the University of North Texas which were used to help educate students on world history, geography, religion, music, art and a variety of other subjects. The estimated dates for this collection are 1910-1940. The slides were given to the Historical Collection, then moved into the University Archives in 1986.
Contains slides on the following subjects: philosophers, Luther, religion, maps, Milton, leaning to play the cornet, music, Columbus and Hannibal.
Contains slides with information on the following subjects: Henry VIII, religion, British history, Elizabeth I, Mary - Queen of Scots, Charles I, Cromwell and William of Orange.
Contains slides numbered 793.3.3-4, 10, 13, 19 and XX311, 1-41.
Contains slides numbered XX311, 42-50 and XX313, 1-40.
The contents of this box are associated with the following numbers: 79.3.___ and 1, 2, 5-7, 9, 11, 12, 14-18, and 20-66.
Contains two boxes of undeveloped lantern slides.