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Repository: Richard and Ronay Menschel Library, George Eastman Museum
Creator - pht: Keppler, Victor, 1904-1987
Source - dnr: Keppler, Victor, 1904-1987
Title: Victor Keppler commercial photography records
ID: RRML.SC0026
Date [inclusive]: 1935-1958, undated
Physical Description: 14.5 Linear Feet 13 record boxes, 1 flat E-flute clamshell box. 1 4x6 safety negative found laid in tear sheet album #3 was removed from its glassine envelope and rehoused in a photo-safe sleeve.
Physical Description: The spine of account book #1 (Jan. 1941-March 1947) is damaged and broken. Leather is dry and powdery. Care should be taken when handling this volume. Albums in boxes 10 and 11 exhibit moderate damage due to dirt, and shedding degradation of the suede-coveredspines.
Language of the Material: English

Scope & Contents: The collection consists of account ledgers, job books, appointment books, contact and sample books, and tear sheet scrapbooks belonging to Victor Keppler. The collection documents the business activities of one of the foremost mid-century commercial photographers from 1935 until 1958. The account ledgers, which date from 1941 to 1953, list date, job number, client, description of work, and accounting and billing information. The job books list job number, client, expenses, and amount billed and date from 1935 to 1944. Appointment books denote appointments for photo shoots from 1950 to 1952, and 1954. There is no 1953 book. The collection also includes three albums of pasted-in tear sheets of advertisements that feature Keppler's photographs dating from the 1930s. Some tear sheets have come unglued and lie loose in the pages. Contact books dating from 1941 to 1958 are subdivided into black and white, and color subseries. Sample books, circa 1930s-1940s, feature photographic prints shot by Keppler for clients such as Schaefer Beer, Fleischmann's, Gruen, New York Telephone, and Ladies' Home Journal.


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.