AUGUST 26, 2016
The Burton Holmes Collection at UCLA

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The UCLA Department of Art History is pleased to announce the availability of our open-access special collection “The Travels of Burton Holmes”.  Donated by Holmes in 1957, the Burton Holmes Collection at UCLA includes more than 16,000 hand-painted 3.5×4” glass lantern slides made between 1887 and 1937. In addition to a rich array of images of monuments and local festivals, the collection highlights many major historical events. These include, but are not limited to, the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, the 1906 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, several World’s Fairs, the construction of the Panama Canal, and the First World War.

The current site includes the explorer’s images from the Russo-Japanese War and his travels in Italy. More images will be added once they have been scanned and catalogued. includes more than 16,000 hand-painted 3.5×4” glass lantern slides made between 1887 and 1937. In addition to a rich array of images of monuments and local festivals, the collection highlights many major historical events. These include, but are not limited to, the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, the 1906 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, several World’s Fairs, the construction of the Panama Canal, and the First World War.

In collaboration with Principal Investigator Professor Steven Nelson, this site was created with assistance from The UCLA Center for Digital Humanties (CDH) , who provided expertise with Omeka, the software that we are currently using to display the collection. CDH staff set up the site and uploaded all of the images and metadata to it, and CDH continues to provide web hosting for the collection. We are very grateful to The Kress Foundation, which provided funding for the scanning and cataloguing of the Italy material.

Click here to visit the collection!