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J.W. Hoover Lantern Slide Collection - A Centennial Legacy Project


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Contributed by Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tempe

Jonas Wenger Hoover was born in Kinzer, Pennsylvania on June 23, 1889. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goshen College in 1910, and a Master of Arts degree in 1914 from Oberlin College. Hoover also did advanced work in geography and geology at Chicago University, Clark University, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley. He began a distinguished teaching career at Arizona State University (then Tempe Normal School) in 1924. He remained at ASU until his retirement in 1943. Post retirement, Hoover went to Washington, DC to serve as the consultant and leading authority on "Arid Regions of the World."

Professor Hoover was a prolific writer who published many professional papers in the Geographical Review, Journal of Geography and as well as other professional publications. He also was the author of the Geography of Arizona - a supplement published by Ginn and Company for the elementary schools of Arizona.

J.W. Hoover used this lantern slide collection in his class lectures, professional talks, and to illustrate his writings. It is a diverse collection of approximately 3,200 lantern slides representing geographical locations, people, illustrations and hand drawings. As such, this collection covers a wide range of topics including: Agriculture, Animals, Art, Buildings, Canals, Dams, Geology and Geography; Oceans, Lakes, and Rivers; People, Places, Vegetation and Transportation.

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