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William E. Muse Lantern Slides

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Muse, William E.
Title: William E. Muse Lantern Slides
Dates: 1900-1930
Abstract: The glass lantern slides in this collection contain both commercially and privately-produced images used for illustrating Judge William E. Muse’s lectures on his international travels during the first three decades of the twentieth century.
Accession No: Collection BridArch 2.033
Extent: 20 boxes (9 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

William Edgeworth Muse (1865-1942) was born in South Carolina, reared in Texas, and attended Texas A & M University. In December 1885 he married Adine Martin (1866-1935) of Brownwood, Texas. The couple moved to Chicago, where William worked for the John V. Farwell Company, one of the largest wholesale dry goods concerns in the Midwest, specializing in business law. After making his fortune, Muse retired around 1910 and settled in Glen Rose, Texas. In retirement Muse served as a judge, traveled internationally, and used lantern slides to illustrate lectures about the many different places and cultures that he had visited. In 1929 the Muses deeded their 1500 acre Glen Rose estate to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children. In their final years, they lived in Dallas.

As early as 1920 Judge Muse announced that he intended to donate his large lantern slide collection to an educational institution in Texas. In 1938 he lent the collection to Southern Methodist University (SMU). Shortly after Muse’s death in 1942, his sister, Ethel Muse Gillespie, donated the collection to SMU.

William E. Muse’s image appears in this lantern slide:


“Round About Town.” Dallas Morning News, July 13, 1904.

“Chicago Attorney Touring Texas by Automobile Here.” El Paso Herald, October 5, 1914.

“Scenic Talk to be Followed by Baseball Game.” Honolulu Star-Bulletin, May 24, 1915.

“He Goes to Work.” The Seattle Star, August 2, 1917.

“Glen Rose Man Back from Europe Plans New Jaunt.” Dallas Morning News, August 8, 1920.

“Texas Jurist to Make World Tour.” Dallas Morning News, July 31, 1922.

“Mrs. William Muse Dies as Result of Paralytic Stroke.” Dallas Morning News, August 6, 1935.

“W. E. Muse Succumbs in San Antonio.” Dallas Morning News, June 29, 1942.

“Three Lectures Dated by SMU Art Department.” Dallas Morning News, September 30, 1943.

“Ethel Muse Gillespie, 87, of Pioneer Family, Dies.” Dallas Morning News, June 24, 1960.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection of 1,458 glass lantern slides features early twentieth century scenes of Africa, Asia, and Europe. The slides were created or collected by William E. Muse to illustrate lectures on different regions and cultures he had encountered while traveling around the world. Items of special note include images of the American Baptist Missionary Union ship Fukuin Maru in Japan and 173 slides of the Italian army campaign in the Alps during the First World War. Altogether the collection presents a rare look at the world encountered by an early twentieth century adventurer.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection contains a single series:
Series 1: Series 1: Travel slides, 1900-1930


Access to Collection:

The collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Head of Special Collections of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which Bridwell Library assumes no responsibility.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Fukuin Maru (Ship)
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Italy.
Lantern slides.

Related Materials

William E. Muse Lantern Slides, Bridwell Library Digital Collections,

The story of the Fukuin Maru is told in this book: Harrington, Charles Kendall. Captain Bickel of the Inland Sea. New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1919.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William E. Muse Lantern Slides, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ethel Muse Gillespie, 1942

Processing Information

Processed by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2014.

Finding aid written by

Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2014.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Travel slides, 1900-1930
20 boxes

This lone series comprises images of thirty-one nations and regions in four continents. The slides are arranged by continent: Africa, Asia (subdivided into East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and West Asia), and Europe. The five largest groups of slides are of the Philippines (289 slides), West Asia (“the Holy Land” 245 slides), Italy (243 slides), Japan (142 slides), and China (98 slides).
The slides of Japan in boxes 5 and 6 were digitized in 2013 with the financial support of the Perkins School of Theology Lewis Howard Grimes Curriculum Endowment fund. These images may be accessed online at
In the listing that follows, the slides are enumerated by topic rather than by folder or item. Numbers following a nation or region name indicate the number of slides pertaining to that topic that are held within the specified box. Specific location names are listed as indicated on the slides. There are instances (e.g. Siam) when these names do not match current place name conventions.
01 Africa: Africa (7 slides), Algeria (13), Dahomey (16), Egypt (29), Madagascar (12), 1900-1930
02 Africa: Morocco (37), Tunisia (17), 1900-1930
03 East Asia: China (71), 1900-1930
04 East Asia: China (27), Japan (24), 1900-1930
05 East Asia: Japan (63), 1900-1930
06 East Asia: Japan (55), Korea (10), 1900-1930
07 South Asia: India (6); Southeast Asia: Java (14), Philippines? (32), Philippines (30), 1900-1930
08 Southeast Asia: Philippines (76), 1900-1930
09 Southeast Asia: Philippines (76), 1900-1930
10 Southeast Asia: Philippines (75), 1900-1930
11 Southeast Asia: Philippines (42), Siam (9), 1900-1930
12 West Asia: Athlit (3), Carmel (6), Coast and Plains (11), Holy Land (60), 1900-1930
13 West Asia: Holy Land (29), Jerusalem (31), Megiddo (12), 1900-1930
14 West Asia: Lebanon – Baalbek (23), Nazareth and Holy Land (33), Samaria (8), Smyre (20), Syria (5), Turkey (4), 1900-1930
15 Europe: Belgium (3), Bulgaria (19), England [Stonehenge] (1), France (45), 1900-1930
16 Europe: Italy (70), 1900-1930 Europe: Italy – World War 1 (16), 1915-1918
17 Europe: Italy – World War 1 (80), 1915-1918
18 Europe: Italy – World War 1 (77), 1915-1918
19 Europe: Malta (7), Spain (28), Switzerland (36), Travel locations not identified (19), 1900-1930
20 Travel locations not identified (30), Cartoons [text in French] (2 slides), Character types from different nations (34), Prehistoric animals (5), 1900-1930