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Slideshow Collective provides cultural, creative, visual, and historical research to support a wide range of objectives. We are all about doing the deep dive to find the stories and images you need to inform and enhance your work. 


From film production designers looking for inspiration, journalists looking for cultural background, and commercial art directors seeking historical reference images, to museum curators who need support for exhibition catalogues, our team provides unique, thorough and comprehensive research that supports the idiosyncratic requirements of each individual project. 


Our work is grounded in both academic scholarship and practical work experience in communications, marketing, film and television production, design, and creative media. We have the ability to navigate online and in-person archival spaces and work within the rapid timelines often required by production and publication schedules.

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SOME of the Things

We Can Do For You

Explore Digital &
Physical Archives 
Zooming on Tablet
Search Copyright &
Trademark Databases
Abstract Historical
Events, People, & Places
Compare Market &
Design Trends
Build Research &
Design Presentations
Organize Research
Libraries & Databases
Provide Cultural &
Historical Context
Assemble Mood Boards &
Inspiration Galleries
Investigate Image Permissions & Clearances
Compile Bibliographies & Reference Guides
Plot & Plan Travel
Guides & Itineraries
Twisted Staircase
Locate Specialized


The Slideshow Collective team gathers together years of expertise in a variety of research-heavy fields, including academia, publishing, marketing, theatre, and film production.  We use a collaborative approach to research, with members located on both coasts to increase our access to archives and resources.


Some of our particular areas of fascination include 19th and 20th century American history and culture, architectural and interior design, literature and literary history, art history, costuming, historical dress, and material culture studies. Team members hold advanced degrees and fellowships from Stanford University, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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