Bryn Mawr College’s magic lantern slides of Egypt from the early 20th century are a significant source of archaeological and historical data. The oldest slides in Bryn Mawr’s collection were introduced between 1908 and 1911 by Dr. Caroline Ransom, the first American woman to receive a PhD in Egyptology. They represent a pivotal moment in the shift toward more accessible Egyptological pedagogy and preserve unique unpublished images that are valuable to modern archaeological research. Bryn Mawr College has nearly 2,000 glass slides of Egypt, including images of sites prior to excavation and reconstruction. Photographs of sites that were later affected by early excavations, tourism, looting, and environmental changes make this collection especially valuable to modern scholars. Effort is underway to index and digitize Bryn Mawr’s lantern slides and publish these images in an online, open-access database.
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