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The Spanish-American War in Glass

By Eden Marie Picazo, Archivist, Navy Archives

In 2014, United States Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) photo archivists rediscovered a donation in their backlog of unprocessed collections containing approximately 325 original glass plate photographs from the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. Based on the inscription located at the top of one of the two wooden boxes containing the slides, the contents appear to have originally belonged to Douglas White, a war correspondent employed by the San Francisco Examiner.

Admiral George Dewey
20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry at the Battle of Caloocan

Nearly all of the slides included are identified and contain a caption. Most are black and white, though some have been hand tinted in color. The slides have been rehoused in archival sleeves and boxes, and an index of their contents was also created. Roughly, 25% of the photographs have been digitized and are available on the NHHC website.

Interior of Fort San Antonio, Manila, Philippines
Troops landing at Camp Dewey, Philippines
Wreck of the USS Maine raised 1912
Officers of the First California Volunteer Infantry in Manila, Philippines
USS Baltimore in action
First Colorado Volunteer Infantry at Fort San Antonio, Malate, Philippines
Signal Corps in trenches
Native society belles in the Philippines

Researchers in The Spanish-American War in Glass collection can view the digitized images and learn more about it here:

The Spanish-American War in Glass
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/spanish-american-war/spanish-american-war-in-glass.html

Spanish-American War
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/spanish-american-war.html