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John J. Griffin lantern slide collection

Identifier: SC-007

Scope and Contents

The John J. Griffin lantern slide collection, 1891-1904, consists of glass lantern slides assembled by Father J.J. Griffin to illustrate lectures he gave at Notre Dame. The collection includes glass lantern slides that display various images such as scientific drawings, famous paintings, portraits of important figures, and images of landscapes and cultures around the world.


  • Creation: 1891-1904


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located at the Loyola Notre Dame Library. Contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The John J. Griffin lantern slide collection is the physical property of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Notre Dame Library. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Biographical / Historical

Father John J. Griffin, born in 1859, was a Catholic priest and academic. Griffin earned his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1895. He was a professor of chemistry at Catholic University and Notre Dame of Maryland. He taught at Notre Dame from 1891 until his death in 1921. He was the sole professor of chemistry during most of his tenure at both Notre Dame and Catholic University. Students were often treated to Father Griffin's illustrated lectures, where he projected and discussed slides depicting various countries and regions.

Much of Griffin's life outside of the classroom was devoted to the development of young men at his camp in New Hampshire, Camp Namaschaug. Griffin was also very interested in photography and documented the camp through numerous photographs. Father Griffin's goal at Camp Namaschaug was to develop the campers' mind, body, and soul. This included physical work to make them stronger, classes on courses like English and Latin, and spiritual exercises. Camp applicants had to prove their good moral behavior to be accepted to the summer camp.

When he died in 1921, he left the camp to the sisters of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. He is buried in the mausoleum of the cemetery on the Notre Dame of Maryland University campus.


6.14 Cubic Feet (41 boxes)

Language of Materials



The John J. Griffin lantern slide, 1891-1904, collection consists of glass lantern slides used by Father J.J. Griffin to illustrate lectures he gave at Notre Dame from 1891-1904.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was assembled by Father John J. Griffin.

Guide to the John J. Griffin lantern slide collection
Lucy Marous and Jenny Kinniff
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Repository Details

Part of the Loyola Notre Dame Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

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