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Frank V. Chambers/Frederic Ives Collection, Louis Walton Sipley/ American Museum of Photography collection

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Repository: Richard and Ronay Menschel Library, George Eastman Museum
Creator - pbl: Chambers, Frank V. (Frank Virginius), 1861-1940
Source - col: Sipley, Louis Walton, 1897-1968
Source: 3M Foundation
Creator - edt: Anderson, Claude E.
Creator - inv: Ives, Frederic Eugene, 1856-1937
Title: Frank V. Chambers/Frederic Ives collection, Louis Walton Sipley/American Museum of Photography collection
ID: RRML.SC0014
Date [inclusive]: 1881-1942, undated
Date [bulk]: 1932-1938
Physical Description: 6 Linear Feet 12 document boxes
Language of the Material: English

Abstract: This collection consists of the general business correspondence of Frank V. Chambers, founder and editor of The Camera. The materials date between 1881 and 1942, with the bulk dating between 1932 and 1938. The records comprise correspondence, manuscript submissions, photographs, and Frederic Ives's notes and manuscripts.

Scope & Contents: The collection encompasses the general business correspondence of Frank V. Chambers as editor and publisher of The Camera as well as that of the publication's technical and associate editor, Claude (C. E.) Anderson. Topics include advertising, subscriptions, and responses to reader questions and requests. Correspondence of note includes C. H. Claudy's referencing the 1931 absorption of the Bulletin of Photography by The Camera.

The collection also encompasses correspondence between photographer and inventor Frederic Ives and both Chambers and Anderson regarding his exploration of color processes. Of particular interest is Ives's 1931 notebook on polychrome process color photography. This notebook contains manuscripts of articles written for The Camera, chemical formulae, and information about his "polychrome service."

The Ives series contains several negatives: an undated photo of Ives at the Eiffel Tower, and a two-layer transparency that may have been part of one of Ives's color dye experiments.


Creation of this finding aid was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant #MA-30-15-0019-15.