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Society of Commercial Photographers of Philadelphia Records, Louis Walton Sipley/American Museum of Photography Collection

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Repository: Richard and Ronay Menschel Library, George Eastman Museum
Source - col: Sipley, Louis Walton, 1897-1968
Source: 3M Foundation
Creator: Society of Commercial Photographers of Philadelphia
Title: Society of Commercial Photographers of Philadelphia records, Louis Walton Sipley/American Museum of Photography collection
ID: RRML.SC0021
Date [inclusive]: 1921-1962, undated
Date [bulk]: 1945-1960
Physical Description: .63 Linear Feet 2 document boxes
Language of the Material: English

Abstract: This collection consists of the records of the Society of Commercial Photographers of Philadelphia, an organization formed to set standards in the conduct of the business of professional commercial photography, and for the advancement of knowledge of its membership through lectures and demonstrations in the art of photography. The materials date between 1921 and 1962, with the bulk dating between 1945 and 1960. The records comprise foundational documents, meeting minutes, member information, photographic materials, and information about lectures and events.

Scope & Contents: The material in this collection relates to the activities of the Society of Commerial Photographers of Philadelphia. The society was founded in 1921 with the goal of promoting a fraternal spirit and providing for an interchange of ideas among progressive commercial photographers working in Philadelphia. Louis Walton Sipley served as the society's secretary.

The society's organizational documents, including versions of the constitution and bylaws from 1927 and 1953, tell the story of changes that occurred in the operational management of the club. Financial records document payment of dues and the expenses of the society, while photographs of society events and exhibits give a visual record of the many programs, meetings, and banquets held by the very active society.


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.