Olaf P. Larson stereoscopic slides, 1950

Overview of the Collection

Olaf P. Larson stereoscopic slides
1950 (inclusive)
1 cubic feet
Collection Number
PG 36
This collection consists of stereoscopic slides taken by Olaf P. Larson, a part-time resident of Moscow, Idaho. Images portrayed include flowers, plants and travel destinations. The collection includes a stereoscope to view the images and an inventory of the slides.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Olaf P. Larson was born in Nordfjordeid, Norway in 1879. His family immigrated to America in 1884. In the mid-1890s, his family moved to Moscow, Idaho. As a teenager, while still living on the family farm, he established a photographic gallery in Moscow. Though he was listed as living with his family in 1900, he was soon a full-time photographer. He photographed the Diamond Jubilee in Moscow, Idaho in 1900, and produced a series of gray, curved mounted stereograph prints. Larson produced stereographs using several different mounts. Some were plain mounts with handwritten captions and labeling, others have printed imprints. Olaf continued farming and moved his family across the state to Squirrel, Idaho and it is believed he continued operating his photographic studio in Moscow as well as opening another in Squirrel. Larson is also listed as a student at the University of Idaho from 1898-1900.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of over 500 stereoscopic slides and a stereoscope. The stereoscopic process creates a pair of separate images, depicting left-eye and right-eye views of the same scene which, when viewed with the stereoscope, displays as a single three-dimensional image. Slides in the collection feature floral exhibits, arrangements, and window displays, garden shows and festivals, nurseries, gardens and garden accessories, flowers and foliage plants; also views of the San Francisco area and miscellaneous vacation scenes. These slides were taken by part-time Moscow, Idaho resident Olaf P. Larson.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated in 1985 (MA 1985-10).

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Photography of plants
  • Photography, Stereoscopic

Geographical Names

  • Travel photography