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5.2: Slides , 1946-1958

Slides in this series were taken during travels by Hildreth Meière and her daughter Louise Meière Dunn from the 1940s through the 1950s. Architecture, murals, and mosaics are highly represented in the images, and some landscape, local scenes, and personal photos are also found. Approximately one-half of the slides are from a lengthy trip Meière refers to in her writings as the "Grand Tour," which began in Australia and New Zealand, and continued to Bali, Indonesia; Bangkok, Thailand; India; Sub-Saharan Africa; Italy; Great Britain; and France. While in England, they witnessed the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Other trips represented in travel slides include Mexico and Guatemala in 1946, South America in 1947, Italy in 1949-1950, Scandinavia in 1951, Middle Eastern countries referred to as the "Holy Land" trip in 1954, and Belgium in 1958, specifically to see the Belgian Fair of that year. Also found are a large set of slides of Italian Mosaics filed with slides from Italy. These and other identified sets appear to have been assembled for slide talks given by Louise and Hildreth Meière.
There are no identifications on the slides themselves. Some sets of slides correspond to slide lists of subjects depicted but there are no comprehensive lists of subjects. Handwritten notes with general information about locations and artworks depicted are also found with some sets of slides, and may have been used in travel talks given by Hildreth and/or Louise Meière Dunn.
Slides are arranged by country, some of which have several sets, the earliest encased in taped glass, and later sets in cardboard mounts. Where slide lists and/or notes about slide content exist they are filed directly before the set of slides they describe, and identified sets of slides are arranged in numerical order. Note that some sets of slides were given an original number sequence and then rearranged, presumably for lectures, so that lists are non-sequential. The order of identifications in these lists therefore does not always match the order of the slides, which are filed in numerical order when numbering exists. Where no lists of slides exist and slides have not been assigned numbers, slides are simply organized by country.
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General Notes, circa 1950-1955
6
31
Africa
Locations depicted include Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Swaziland, South Africa, Rhodesia, Belgian Congo, and Uganda.
Slide List for Set 1, 1952-1953
6
32
Set 1, 1952-1953
3 slide boxes
6
33-35
Set 2, 1952-1953
Contains slide list
6
36
Set 3, 1952-1953
6
37
Belgium, 1958
6
38
England
England, circa 1953
7
1
Oxford, circa 1953
7
2
Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation, 1953
7
3
Europe, Unidentified, circa 1950
Note in file indicates subjects include England, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Austria.
7
4
France and Italy, Unidentified, circa 1950
7
5
Guatemala, circa 1946
7
6
Holy Land
Locations depicted include Greece, Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, Lebanon, and Syria
Notes for Set 1, circa 1954
7
7-8
Set 1
5 slide boxes
7
9-13
Set 2
Greece, circa 1954
7
14-15
Greece, Mosaics, circa 1954
7
16
Istanbul, Turkey, circa 1954
7
17
Istanbul, Turkey, Mosaics, circa 1954
7
18
Cyprus, circa 1954
7
19
Beirut Cedars, Lebanon, circa 1954
7
20
Baalbek, Lebanon, circa 1954
7
21
Damascus, Syria, circa 1954
7
22
Egypt, circa 1954
7
23
Israel, circa 1954
7
24
Jerusalem, Israel, circa 1954
7
25
Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israel, circa 1954
7
26
Unidentified, circa 1954
7
27
India
Slide Lists and Notes, circa 1952
7
28
Set 1, circa 1952
3 slide boxes
7
29-31
India, Set 2, circa 1952
8
1
Indonesia, Bali
Slide Lists and Notes, circa 1952
8
2
Set 1, circa 1952
2 slide boxes
8
3-4
Set 2, circa 1952
8
5
Italy
Set 1, 1949-1950
3 slide boxes
8
6-8
Set 2, Sicily, Taormina, 1953
8
9
Set 3, 1957-1960
8
10-11
Italian Mosaics
Slide List for Set 1, circa 1949-1950
8
12
Set 1, circa 1949-1950
2 slide boxes
8
13-14
Set 2, circa 1949-1960
8
15
Mexico
Set 1, 1946
3 slide boxes
Subjects depicted include UNAM Mosaics, Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Puebla, Guadalajara, and the Diego Rivera and Rufino Tomayo murals.
9
1-3
Set 2, 1946
9
4
New Zealand and Australia
Slide Lists and Notes, circa 1952
9
5
Set 1, New Zealand, circa 1952
2 slide boxes
9
6-7
Set 2, New Zealand and Australia, circa 1952
Subjects depicted include Oxford and the Franz Josef Glacier, Ball Glacier, and Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.
9
8-9
Scandinavia
Set 1, circa 1951
Subject depicted is Sweden.
9
10
Set 2, circa 1951
Subjects depicted include Denmark, Holland, Sweden, and may also include Italy among unidentified slides.
9
11-17
South America
Notes, circa 1947
10
1
Slides, circa 1947
2 slide boxes
Locations depicted in Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru.
10
2-3
Spain, circa 1950
10
4
Thailand
Lists and Notes, 1952
10
5
Set 1, 1952
2 slide boxes
10
6-7
Set 2, 1952
10
8

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