William E. Muse Lantern Slides
A Guide to the Collection
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: http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/muse/id/409
“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.
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.
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[Identification of item], William E. Muse Lantern Slides, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
Gift of Ethel Muse Gillespie, 1942
Processed by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2014.
Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2014.
Ada Negraru, 2014.
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