The Burton Holmes Collection at UCLA, donated by Holmes in 1957, includes more than 16,000 hand-painted 3.5×4” glass lantern slides made between 1887 and 1937. In addition to a rich array of images of monuments and local festivals, the collection highlights many major historical events. These include, but are not limited to, the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, the 1906 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, several World’s Fairs, the construction of the Panama Canal, and the First World War.

The present site includes the explorer's images from the Russo-Japanese War and his travels in Italy. More images will be added once they have been scanned and catalogued.