National Photographic Society Records

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0681
Creators:
Revenue Camera Club
Schroeder, Barbara
National Photographic Society
Dates:
1942-1986
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
3.5 Cubic feet
10 boxes
Repository:
Collection documents the National Photographic Society, an amateur camera club in Washington, D.C.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Executive Records, 1944-1978, consist of copies and drafts of the constitution, by-laws, correspondence, and the Board of Trustee Meeting Minutes. The Treasurer Records, 1956-1973, include bank account information that deals with authorization to open an organizational bank account, correspondence about monies collected and expenses incurred and the treasurer's annual reports that document receipts, disbursements, and special activities. The Membership Records, 1945-1984, contain directories (with mailing addresses and telephone numbers), officer information detailing which members served as trustees and/or on what committee. The club had several committees—slide, projector, portrait, special activities, publicity, finance, reception, dinner, membership, salon, audit, print, nominating, program, library and by-laws. The membership applications were maintained on 3" x 5 and 5" x 8" index cards. The annual awards information contains certificates awarded to Barbara Schroeder for a variety of honors, but the majority of documentation deals primarily with annual awards given for color slides. The Henry B. Shaw Memorial Trophy was a specific award and honor that was presented to the NPS member who made the greatest contribution to the well being of NPS. The award was named for Henry B. Shaw, former president of NPS.
The club published a monthly bulletin titled The Finder, 1942-1986, which was distributed to club members and photographic dealers. The Finder was a one-page newsletter from 1942 to April 1945, but in May of 1945 enlarged to four pages, in some instances with inserts. The Photographs and Negatives, 1959-1960, provide documentation of the club's annual banquet and presentation of awards in 1959 and a holiday outing to Petersburg, West Virginia. The photographs and negatives are approximately 4" x 5". The Salons, 1944-1959, includes schedules and other printed materials about salons that club members participated in or attended in the Washington, D.C. area. Camera Clubs, 1949-1967, documents the Greater Washington Council of Camera Clubs, an organization with which NPS was affiliated, and the Metropolitan Camera Club Council, Inc. of New York, New York. The newspaper clippings, 1948-1955, contain information on two columns, "Camera Angles," a weekly written by Alexander J. Wedderburn, Curator of Photography at the Smithsonian Institution and the "Monthly Print Clinic" featuring a photograph with narrative description.
Scope and Contents
Includes documents concerning the National Photographic Society's affiliations with the Greater Washington Council of Camera Clubs and the Photographic Society of America.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is divided into six series
Series 1: Executive Records
Series 2: Treasurer Records
Series 3: Membership Records
Series 4: The Finder Newsletter
Series 5: Photographs and Negatives
Series 6: Salons
Series 7: Camera Clubs
Series 8: Newspaper Clippings

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Revenue Camera Club was organized in Washington, D.C. on March 14, 1938. It changed its name to The National Photographic Society (NPS) on April 1, 1943. It became affiliated with the Greater Washington Council of Camera Clubs and the Photographic Society of America. The NPS was incorporated in 1944 with a constitution and by-laws as a "non-profit organization under the provisions of Chapter 5 of the Code of the District of Columbia for the promotion of art and science of photography in all its various branches, through individual memberships, associated camera clubs and other photographic organizations, research and the dissemination of photographic knowledge and the promotion of photographic salons and exhibitions." The management of the society was vested in a board of trustees that was made up of nine members. The club held meetings in each other's homes, church basements or at the Mt. Pleasant or Georgia Avenue libraries where they showed member's prints and eventually held meetings at the Arts Club of Washington. The club dissolved in 1986.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Alison Oswald, 2003.
Author
Alison Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Ms. Barbara Schroeder, February 12, 1999.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
National Photographic Society Records, 1942-1986, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
The donor, Barbara Schroeder, a past secretary of the club, acquired the organization's papers after it was dissolved.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Clubs -- Photography -- 1940-1990 -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Exhibitions -- 1940-1990 -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Camera clubs -- 1940-1990 -- Washington (D.C.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Finder (newsletter) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 1940-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white negatives -- Acetate film -- 1900-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newsletters -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings -- 1940-1990 -- Washington (D.C.) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Minutes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographic History, Division of (NMAH, SI). Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographic Society of America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Greater Washington Council of Camera Clubs Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives