The Stereo Pairs photograph collection
The Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection documents life in Ireland during the 19th century. Twenty-six counties are represented, including Antrim, Armagh, Dublin, Clare, Limerick, Offaly, Tyrone, and others, with most but not all images identified. Scenes are mainly pcturesque views.
[between ca. 1860-1883]
Individual items in the Stereo Pairs Collection are catalogued under call no. STPA, title and subject
There is a box on shelf 0442 containing 24 broken glass negatives.82,92,110,119,120,139,147,149,337,338,339,340,341,342,344,358,359,928,2585,2851,2852,2854,2855,2857.
there is 1 other box containing 8 glass negatives epicting Mary of Dunloe and the Colleeen Bawn on shelf 0442
there is another box on shelf 0442 containing 4 broken glass plates numbers 99,121,343 and 675.
The Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection was acquired by the National Library with the Lawrence Collection, though it has always been considered a separate collection as the images cover an earlier period than the main Lawrence Collection, are a different format and were not created by the Lawrence firm. The stereographic negatives in the collection were the work of Dublin photographers James Simonton and Frederick Holland Mares and were acquired, probably purchased, by John Fortune Lawrence, a brother of William Mervyn Lawrence. They were printed and marketed by William Lawrence until the popularity of stereos waned in the 1880''s.
Physical description: 242 boxes ; in preservation envelopes, in phase boxes, in inadequate housing.
Physical description: stereographic negatives 3038 : b&w; 9.5 x 17 cm or smaller.
Citations/References: Ireland 1860-80 from Stereo Photographs. (National Library of Ireland Historical Documents). -Dublin: National Library of Ireland, 1981. 25 I.
Citations/References: "Into the Light: an Illustrated Guide to the Photographic Collections in the National Library of Ireland" by Sarah Rouse, p. 84
Indexes: Unpublished NLI catalogue of Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection available at reading room counter