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Underwood & Underwood stereo views and stereoscope of Palestine

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9232

Scope and Contents

Stereoscope and stereo views taken by Underwood & Underwood that depict mainly scenes from Palestine.

Many of the images are landscapes of biblical or other historical sites. Many photographs contain images of landscapes and local people, most of which are mentioned specifically in the Bible. Several photographs provide images of local people and actors dressed in contemporary and historical costumes in order to reenact Biblical stories. Stereo views accompanied by an Underwood & Underwood stereoscope. Materials dated 1896-1905.


  • 1896-1905


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Underwood & Underwood stereo views and stereoscope of Palestine must be obtained from the Supervisor of References Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

Underwood & Underwood was a stereograph and photography producer and distributor. The company was established in Ottawa, Kansas in 1882, moved to New York in 1887, and ceased operations in the 1940s.

Underwood & Underwood was established in 1882 by Elmer and Ben Underwood in Ottawa, Kansas. The company originally focused on distributing Eastern photographers' stereographs in the West through a network of door-to-door salesmen. In 1887 the headquarters of the company were moved to New York, though manufacturing continued to take place in Ottawa with the building of a plant in 1891 to manufacture stereographic cameras, stereoviews and stereoscopes. By 1901 Underwood & Underwood was a leader in stereographic image production and distribution. In 1920 the company divested itself of its stereograph productions, selling their stock and rights to the Keystone View Company. Underwood & Underwood ceased operations in the 1940s.


2 oversize boxes (0.75 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Brynne Karlinsey; July 2019.

Register of Underwood & Underwood stereo views and stereoscope of Palestine
Kathryn Bradley (Tom Wells)
7 December 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States