Consists of lantern slides made or collected by George Carl Dury. Most items are either directly marked or attributed to Geo. C. Dury & Co., Nashville. A few glass plates are marked as being made by others including Allison Spence (Northampton, Mass.), Holley Institute of Visual Instruction (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Willis P. Hume (North Tonawanda, N.Y.). The collection includes multiple slides of the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville as well as various other locations in Tennessee including Knoxville, Dayton, Tullahoma, and Columbia. Dury documented schools, farm scenes, houses, courthouses, railroad depots, and industrial scenes. A large portion of the slides correspond to a lecture related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Louisiana Purchase. The Lewis and Clark slides include images from the Meriwether Lewis Monument Dedication in 1925 with some depicting soon-to-be Governor Henry H. Horton. Another large portion of the collection is comprised of slides related to missionary work in China.