vintage slide projector image of a park

Hannon Library’s Special Collections recently received the gift of a Bausch and Lomb “balopticon” slide projector (sometimes called a stereopticon or “magic lantern”) which had belonged to John Herbert Doran, the first manager of Lithia Park Auto Camp. Stereopticon shows were a form of popular entertainment before the advent of moving pictures. The gift also includes three sets of glass slides.

antique balopticon slide projector

Ashland’s free Lithia Park Auto Camp, which opened in 1915, accommodated a considerable number of visitors, catering to the growing Southern Oregon tourist trade. According to The American Motorist, the journal of the newly organized AA A, the Lithia Park Auto Camp was an “Auto Camp Delux, with electricity, gas cooking plates, and hundreds of lights strung in trees.”

Realizing that he could put on evening programs in the camp, Doran purchased a stereopticon and showed colored slides of Southern Oregon sights including Ashland, surrounding areas, Crater Lake, Oregon Caves, and flowers. He also had a show about the Oberammergau Passion Play and created a lecture entitled “Man in the Making,” which related to evolution. These slide shows were shown from 1917 until 1924 when the Dorans moved to California.

Doran’s slide presentations in the Lithia Park Auto Camp became a popular evening entertainment, particularly during evenings when there was not a Chautauqua program. Ashland was a Chautauqua town. The Chautauqua movement began in Ashland in 1893 and faded away in the 1920s. With a goal of furthering moral and intellectual culture, Ashland Chautauqua programs consisted of concerts, classes, prayer meetings, and lectures, including a packed address by William Jennings Bryant in 1897.

vintage slide projector image of a park

The stereopticon and slides remained in the Doran family until July 12, 2018 when it was generously presented to Hannon Library by Cynthia Doran, Herbert Doran’s granddaughter-in-law.

Special Collections staff look forward to displaying the Doran stereopticon and slides in the future within the library and in conjunction with regional commemorations. Plans are underway to restore the Doran stereopticon to working order.



It’s a good time to be a science major. Why? Because Hannon Library now provides free access to Science Online.

The Latest Research

Science Online is the world’s leading journal of original scientific research. New editions are published every week, connecting you to the latest science research, news, and commentary as well as over twenty years of archived content.

All articles are full text and peer-reviewed, giving you the power of cutting-edge research for your papers and class projects. The subjects covered by this journal are too many to list and include fields like anthropology, ecology, psychology, and medicine.

Easy Searches and Citations

Articles include references and notes with links to source materials and other related resources. And citation is a breeze thanks to clearly listed, easy-to-find publication information.

The website is simple to navigate and puts the latest updates right at your fingertips. Browse by topic or by table of contents of the most recent updates. You can also search for articles by keywords, article type, or publication date.

New E-Resources

Hannon Library is committed to providing SOU students and faculty with access to high-quality materials and resources. There are more great e-resources being introduced this year, so subscribe to this blog and make sure you get the latest news and updates.

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Welcome to the Library

It’s a brand new school year, and Hannon Library invites all SOU students to the Week of Welcome open house event:

Tuesday, September 25
5-7 pm
All Building

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Discover all the amazing resources that Hannon Library has to offer. Meet the friendly faces that work there, learn about the many services available to students, enjoy some snacks and giveaways, and maybe even win a $50 gift card prize.

Hannon Library provides a lot of services, all designed to help students succeed in college and past graduation. Its collections go beyond books and scholarly journals to include newspapers and magazines, videos, rare historical documents, and so much more. The library also offers one-on-one research assistance; tutoring in math, science, and writing; and career planning resources.

Want to learn more? Come on over for the WOW Open House.

Tour to Win

Take the Hannon Library self-guided tour and enter a raffle drawing to win a $50 SOU Bookstore gift card. Swipe your SOU ID to receive your Open House Passport and visit three stations to earn 1 raffle entry.

Increase your chances to win by getting an extra raffle entry for each additional station you visit.

Remember to get your entries validated before you leave. All SOU students are eligible to participate. You must show your SOU student ID to enter the drawing.

And don’t forget to check the WOW Guidebook for other great campus events!

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Free Video Streaming

Get ready to take your research to the next level. Hannon Library now offers free video streaming by Academic Video Online.

View documentaries, interviews, newsreels, and much more. Academic Video Online provides over 66,000 titles from a wide range of subject areas including

  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Counseling and therapy
  • Education
  • Environmental studies
  • Global Issues
  • History
  • LGBT studies
  • Media studies
  • News and current events
  • Nursing
  • Performing arts
  • Science

Browse and search subjects to find the exact content you need. With students and instructors in mind, Academic Video Online curates high quality productions from publishers like BBC and Bloomberg Media Group.

Easy to Use

Navigate videos quickly and easily thanks to a visual table of contents for each film. Create bookmarks for when you need to come back to a particular scene. Or use searchable transcripts to jump straight to specific quotes and timestamps.

The multi-language interface uses a Google Translate widget to provide page translations in dozens of languages, including video transcripts, abstracts, and search results.

More than Movie Watching

Don’t just stream—tailor your viewing experience to match your education needs, whether you’re a student needing an edge on your next big project or an instructor looking to incorporate new material into your classes. Create playlists and video clips, even share them on Facebook, Twitter, and many other sites. Embed videos into your presentations or Moodle courses, with complete publication information for easy citations.

Academic Video Online is only one of the great new e-resources Hannon Library is providing this year. Subscribe to this blog and make sure you get the latest news and updates.