View-Master and Reels, 1946-1966

Overview of the Collection

View-Master and Reels
1946-1966 (inclusive)
.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 box), (Approximately 200 reels)
Collection Number
PC 150 (collection)
A View-Master is basically a stereoscopic viewer designed to view seven pairs of film images, rather than pairs of printed photographs that a traditional stereoscopic viewer would view. The collection consists of 200 View-Master reels and one View-Master viewer (Model C, black). The images collected here primarily cover the western United States, the northeastern USA and southeastern Canada, and Mexico.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

View-Masters date to 1939, created initially by Sawyer's Photo Services (later purchased by GAF Corporation). A View-Master is basically a stereoscopic viewer designed to view seven pairs of film images, rather than pairs of printed photographs that a traditional stereoscopic viewer would view. During the 1940s and 1950s they became very popular; the most common subject of View-Master reels tended to be scenic views of tourist destinations.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of 200 View-Master reels and one View-Master viewer (Model C, black). The collection is intended primarily as a photographic artifact rather than as a true historic resource, though reels 108, 112, 116, 145, and 151 are all with the Pacific Northwest scope that the MASC's collections usually cover. The images collected here primarily cover the western and southwestern United States, the northeastern USA and southeastern Canada, and Mexico.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright applies.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description] View-Master and Reels, 1946-1966 (PC 150)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is arranged in the numberical items corresponding to the original numbers printed on the items. Several sets are included, and where the original promotional envelopes or promotional brochures for those have been retained, those are noted.

Acquisition Information

The View-Master and reels in this collection were donated to MASC by Trevor James Bond on July 16, 2012. Additional reels were donated by Jim Edstrom in October of 2020 and incorporated later in that month.

Processing Note

This collection was processed by University Archivist Mark O'English on July 16, 2012.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
16-17 Bryce Canyon National Park
17 Bryce Canyon National Park (1948)
36 Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim
51 Garden of the Gods
53 Park of the Red Rocks
58 Golden Gate International Exposition, 1940
61-62 Hawaiian Hula Dancers (2 editions of 61)
63 Honolulu
64 Island of Oahu
65 Island of Hawaii, Kona Side
66 Island of Hawaii (2 editions)
67 Island of Maui
68-70 Tropical Flowers of Hawaii
71 Hawaiian National Park, Island of Hawaii (2 editions)
72 Island of Kauai
73 Waikiki, Island of Oahu
76 Mt. Vernon, Home of George Washington
81 Niagara Falls
82 Niagara Falls in Winter
108 Rainier National Park, Paradise Side
112 Redwood Highway
116 Sequoia National Park
122 Mormon Temple Tabernacle and Grounds, Salt Lake City
126 Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon Area
126 Yellowstone National Park, Lakes and Canyons
127 Yellowstone National Park, Mammoth Area
127 Yellowstone National Park, Waterfalls and Animals
129 Yellowstone National Park, Geysers and Pools
136-137 Washington D.C.
145 Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, Portland
151 Columbia River Highway (2 editions)
156-157 New York City
158 Rockefeller Center and Empire State Building, New York City
181 Colonial Williamsburg
183 Lake Tahoe
194-195 Beautiful Caverns of Luray, VA
198 San Francisco (3 editions)
206 Sun Valley in Winter
234 Cave of the Winds
238 Royal Gorge, Colorado
245 Pike's Peak
246 Denver and Denver Mountain Parks
265 White Mountains
268 The Mohawk Trail
272 Vermont State, North Section
274 Mt. Monadnock, Autumn Foliage
275 The Mohawk Trail
277 Autumn Foliage of New England
280 Historic Plymouth
318 Banff National Park, Alberta
351 Historic Philadelphia and Valley Forge
376 Toronto, Ontario
383 Quebec City
504 Taxco
506 Pyramids of Teotihuacan and Tenayuca
507 Monte Alban and Mitlan Ruins, Oaxaca
514 Tule Tree Fair, Oaxaca
516 Lake Pátzcuaro
517 Vicinity of Mexico City
518 Cuernavaca and Vicinity
520 Chichen-Itza, Mayan Ruins, Yucatan
523 Mexican Bullfight
524 Charros, Costumes and Dances of Mexico
671 Rio de Janeiro and Copacabana Beach
1012 The Tower of London
2014 Lucerne
2015 Making Swiss Cheese
2017 St. Moritz
4084 Wind in the Willows, The
A0071-A0073, with envelope, booklet Lake Louise, Canadian Rockies
A0201-A0203, with envelope Inside Passage to Alaska
A0853 Iceland
A167, with envelope, booklet San Francisco Sightseeing Tour
A1711-A1713, with envelope Yosemite National Park
A1721-A1723, with envelope, booklet San Francisco
A1771-A1773; RPA1772-RPA1773, with envelope Disneyland: Adventureland
A1781-A1783; RPA1781, with envelope Disneyland: Fantasyland
A1791-A1793; RPA1791-RPA1792, with envelope Disneyland: Tomorrowland
A1801-A1803, with envelope Disneyland: New Orleans Square
A1811-A1813, with envelope, booklet Los Angeles, California
A1821-A1823, with envelope, booklet Redwood Highway, California
A1861-A1863, with envelope Monterey to Santa Barbara California Coast
A1941-A1943, with envelope, booklet Hollywood, California
A2151-A2153, with envelope Wonderful World of Disneyland: America on Parade
A2331-A2333, with envelope Busch Gardens, Los Angeles, California
A2351-A2353, with envelope, booklet Knott’s Berry Farm and Ghost Town
A3071-A3073, with envelope, booklet Grand Teton National Park
A3201-A3203, with envelope, booklet Colorado
A3211-A3213, with envelope Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs Area
A3221-A3223, with envelope Rocky Mountain National Park
A3231-A3233, with envelope Royal Gorge and Central Colorado
A3241-A3243, with envelope Denver and Denver Mountain Parks
A3251-A3253, with envelope Mesa Verde National Park
A3271-A3273, with envelope Durango-Silverton Railroad and San Juan Loops
A3311-A3313, with envelope, booklet Colorado Ski-Country U.S.A.
A3332-A3333 Santa’s Workshop, North Pole, Colorado
A3461-A3463, with envelope, booklet Bryce Canyon National Park
A3551-A3553, with envelope, booklet Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell
A3561-A3563, with envelope, booklet Monument Valley: Arizona and Utah, Land of the Navajo
A3611-A3613, with envelope, booklet Grand Canyon South Rim
A3651-A3653, with envelope, booklet Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert
A3751-A3753, with envelope, booklet New Mexico
A4861-A4863, with envelope, booklet Black Hills of South Dakota
A4891-A4893, with envelope Badlands National Monument, South Dakota
A5541-A5543, with envelope, booklet O’Hare Field, Chicago
A6321 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A6551-A6553, with envelope, booklet Niagara Falls
A6561-A6563, with envelope, booklet Niagara Falls: Canadian Side
A7951-A7953, with envelope National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, The
A8303 Car and Carriage Caravan, Luray, Virginia
A9501-A9503, with envelope Walt Disney World: Liberty Square
A9631-A9633, with envelope, booklet Miami and Miami Beach
A9743 Tiki Gardens, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
A9843 The Golden Triangle, Florida Gulf Coast. Clearwater
A9961-A9963, with envelope, booklet Scenic USA
B0261-B0263, with envelope Nassau in the Bahamas
B6302 Alpine Wild Flowers
B3152 Lady and the Tramp
B3153 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
C2821 Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks
CH6A-CH6B The Birth of the Savior
DR49 Preview reel, Picture Tour of Scenic Wonders U.S.A.
SP9042 Estes Park and Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado
SP9043 National Monuments of Western Colorado
SP9055 Prehistoric Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde, Colorado
WF-3 Alpine Wild Flowers, Western U.S.A.
1 Promotional materials and instructions

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Natural history -- United States.
  • View-Master reels.