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Accession 346

Inclusive Dates

Ca. 1910 - 1930


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

341 Items, 4 Boxes


English, German, French, Czech

Historical Note

Sallie B. Tannahill, b. 1881, d. 1947, was an instructor of the fine arts at the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York. In this position, Miss Tannahill worked to spread through the United States the revival of interest in fine letter writing which was occurring in Europe at time. In particular, Miss Tannahill’s interest and style of lettering was influenced by the English school of Edward Johnston and the German school of Rudolf Von Larisch, and she also had a friendship with the Czech typographer and illustrator Vojtech Preissing, who had been a professor of the arts at Columbia University during Miss Tannahill’s service there.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is composed of lantern slides which were given to Eleanor Burts by Sallie B. Tannahill. The slides were used by Miss Tannahill and Dr. Jean Betzner in the courses they taught at the Teachers College at Columbia University in the 1920s and 1930s, with Miss Tannahill teaching courses about typography, graphic design, and the fine arts while Dr. Betzner taught classes about Children’s Literature.

The Sallie B. Tannahill Lantern Slides collection is a good summary of the ideas and inspirations Miss Tannahill had, as many slides are in German, Czech, and French, showing the European influence Miss Tannahill received. Additionally, many of the slides are not of typography and letter analysis, but rather of textiles, woodcuts, architectures, photographs, and other expressions of art, showing that Miss Tannahill lectured about the fundamental principles she believed every craft shared.Some slides may have additionally come from lectures Miss Tannahill gave at museums.

Additional Notes

Sallie B. Tannahill wrote two books: P’s and Q’s: A Book on the Art of Letter Arrangement (1923); Fine Arts for Public School Administrators (1932).


The Sallie B. Tannahill Lantern Slides were deposited by Eleanor Burts at Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections. Eleanor Burts, however, was given the slides by Sallie B. Tannahill.


Sallie B Tannahill, Art, Lecture, typography, lettering, calligraphy, advertisement, early 19th century, tapestries, art education, architecture, photography


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Sallie B. Tannahill Lantern Slides - Accession 346

LC Subject Headings

Tannahill, Sallie Belle, 1881-1947--Archives; Lantern slides--Specimen; Slides (Photography)--Specimens; Art--Study and teaching; Lettering--Pictorial works; Textile design--Pictorial works; Wood-engraving--Pictorial works; Architecture--Pictorial works