The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut néerlandais du Proche-Orient

19 Jun 2023 Collection

Lantern lecture reconstruction from NINO archives and collections

A lecture by Prof. Frans Böhl has been reunited with its connected illustrations (projected images) as part of a larger project on lantern slides in academic context.

Nico de Klerk (Utrecht University) of the project “Projecting knowledge: the magic lantern as a tool for mediated science communication in the Netherlands, 1880-1940” has spent time at NINO in April-September 2022, researching our archives and glass slides collection.

He was able to combine the manuscript of a lecture delivered by Prof. F.M.Th. Böhl with the glass slides that were shown as illustrations. The lecture was first held in 1920, when Böhl taught at Groningen, and repeated in 1927 or later, when he had been appointed at Leiden.

As Dr De Klerk notes, it is one of the few lecture texts found by the “Projecting Knowledge” project that can be combined with the accompanying, projected glass slides in the same collection. He has put text and illustrations of this lecture side by side in one document, which you can access from this page: 
De oude Babylonisch-Assyrische beschaving’ door F.M.Th. Böhl, Groningen, 10 december 1920 & Leiden, >1927.