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Guide to the Branson DeCou Archive, 1920-1941
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Series 1 Photograph Albums 1920-1941

Physical Description: 47 albums

Scope and Content Note

The first series contains the photograph albums. The black and white photographs found in the albums do not necessarily correspond with the lantern slides.


The material is listed in a donor order, following loose geographic divisions. The box numbers reflect the album numbers; Albums 1-8,46 Africa and Asia, Albums 8-32,47 Europe, Albums 29-34,36-42,44-45 North America, Albums 35,41-43 South America, Albums 44-45 Australasia
Box 1

Africa, California, Canada

Box 2

Algeria, Tunisia

Box 3

Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco

Box 4

Java, Singapore, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Mombassa (Kenya), Zanzibar, Tanganyika, Republic of South Africa, Natal

Box 5

Zululand (Natal), Bechuanaland (Botswana), Rhodesia, South Africa, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, West Indies, Martinique

Box  6

Hawaiian Islands, Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia

Box  7

Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Bali, Java

Box  8

Portugal, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Egypt, Italy, Japan, China, Philippines, India, Austria, Central Europe

Box  9

Ireland, S. S. Normandie (ocean liner)

Box  10

England, Scotland, Wales

Box  11

England, Holland, Germany, Belgium, France

Box  12

Switzerland, Germany (Rhine), Belgium, Holland, England, Ireland

Box  13

France, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark

Box  14

France, Russia, Finland, Denmark, England

Box  15

Norway, Sweden, Denmark

Box  16

Iceland, Norway, Sweden

Box  17

Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, France

Box  18

Belgium, Holland

Box  19

Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Monaco

Box  20

Italy, Austria, Germany, France

Box  21


Box  22

Italy, England

Box  23

France, Switzerland, Italy

Box  24

Madeira, Morocco, Portugal, France, England, Holland, Denmark, Sweden

Box  25

Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria

Box  26

Madeira, Spain, Italy, Capri, Sicily, Israel, Egypt, Rhodes (Aegean Sea), Turkey

Box  27

Syria, Israel, Egypt, Italy

Box  28

Spain, Morocco, Algiers, Carthage, Tunisia, Italy, Sicily, Yugoslavia

Box  29

Turkey, Russia, Greece, Bermuda, Canada (Quebec), California, Arizona, New Mexico

Box  30

Sweden, Russia, Denmark, France, West Indies, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba

Box  31

New Mexico, California, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Madeira, Portugal, Spain, France, New England

Box  32

Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah, New Mexico, Madeira, Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Denmark

Box  33

Alaska, Canada

Box  34

Canada, Wyoming, California, Montana, Washington, Oregon

Box  35


Box  36


Box  37

California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming

Box  38

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Utah, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado

Box  39

Bahamas, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, California, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Idaho

Box  40

California, Alaska

Box  41

California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Florida, West Indies, Curacao, Haiti, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Antigua, Venezuela, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico,

Box  42

Peru, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, California, Arizona, Mexico

Box  43

Panama, Colombia, Equador, Peru

Box  44

Hawaiian Islands, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Java

Box  45

Hawaiian Islands

Box  46

Unbound photo album containing Thailand, Cambodia, Japan.

Box  47

Unbound photo album containing Europe, architecture, sculpture, painting.


Series 2 Notebooks and Travelogues 1920-1941

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This second series contains notebooks and travelogues covering the North American, Asian, and European countries. Most books accompany programs, pamphlets, and flyers on various lectures.


Material is arranged virtually in an alphabetic order.
Box 48-49

British Columbia and the Selkirks

Box  48-49

Canadian Rockies, v.1

Box  48-49

Canadian Rockies 1942

Box  48-49

China and Korea

Box 48-49

Egypt, Living Pageant of the Nile

Box  48-49

Granada and Alhambra (Spain), and France, notes

Box  48-49

Glorious Switzerland: The Spell of Lake Geneva

Box  48-49

Glorious Switzerland and Danzig and Zoppot, notes

Box 48-49


Box 48-49

Leningrad and Moscow

Box  48-49

Magnificent Iceland and Norway

Box 48-49


Box  48-49

Our American Wonderland Series: Colorado

Box 48-49

Our American Wonderland Series: The Pacific Northwest and Glacier National Park

Box  48-49

Our Romantic California and our Pacific Coast

Box  48-49

Springtime Motoring in California

Box  48-49

Venice and Northern Italy

Box  48-49

West Indies

Box 48-49

Yellowstone Park


Series 3 Lantern Slides 1921-40

Physical Description: 8,000 items

Scope and Content Note

This series contains 3 1/4"-4" hand-tinted glass slides. The material is housed in the University Library's Visual Resource Collection. The Italian glass slides were the first set of images available online through a generous grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation in 1999. The funding enabled the preservation and digitization of close to 1,500 images depicting Italian urban and rural landscape between the time of the Great Wars. Since then the University Library has continued to digitize the glass slides and publish them on ContentDM.
Note: The digitized images are available for viewing at UCSC Digital Collections: Branson De Cou Digital Archive.


The collection is first arranged by geographic divisions then alphabetically by country. The number of images listed followiing the country refers to the digitized images available.







Germany - 348 images


Ireland - 265 images


Italy - 1460 images


Russia - 285 images




California - 737 images


Cuba - 79 images






South Pacific




Series 4 Photographs 1921-40

Physical Description: 1 photo box

Scope and Content Note

This series consists oversized black and white photographs.


Arranged geographically into eight sections; China, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Cambodia, Chile, Morocco, Capri

Series 5 Negatives 1921-40

Physical Description: 19 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of lantern slide negatives.


The negatives are arranged geographically.

Switzerland, Italy, Sicily, Germany, Alaska


Passion Play 1931


Series 6 Resource Material 1921-40

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of books and old magazines on various countries, such as Ireland of the Welcome by D. L. Kelleher, and Ireland: a guidebook.

Series 7 Artifacts 1921-40

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of two slide viewing projectors and a slide carrying case.