Collection AR1030 - Croydon Camera Club

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Croydon Camera Club


  • 1912 - 2004 (Creation)

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12 Boxes

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A handwritten box list was included with the accession
Croydon Camera Club was founded in 1890 by Hector Maclean. It has continued to meet on Wednesday evenings at various venues in the Borough and currently meets at Shirley Methodist Church. Ladies were first admitted in 1946.
Prominent early members were often involved with the Croydon firm of Wratten and Wainwright, later taken over by Kodak. Its founder I.D.Wratten was a CCC member. Dr Kenneth Mees, later a Kodak vice president and whose experiments gave rise to panochromatic plates, was also a member.
In the 1970s, was first British club to enter into formal association with other clubs in Europe. As a result, regular exhibitions were mounted under name Photeurope.

The CCC has published two histories: John Keane, The story of the Croydon Camera Club: A short account of its origin and early history (1950) and a centenary history by Stuart Pickford, 100 Years of Photography (1990), both shelved at S70 (770) CRO/PIC.

The club has published the book by Keane, and other selections from the archive collection, at

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12 boxes plus folders
Box one (small wooden):
Scrapbooks containing articles from British Journal of Photography concerning CCC, 1921 - 1956.
Note: box also contains note on Stephen Whitaker collection.

Box two:
1970 - 1972 (loose in clear folder)
June 1963 - Oct 1974
Nov 1974 - Aug 1986

Scrapbook (blue): c.1952 - 1970

Box three:
Minutes of weekly meetings:
05 Oct 1936 - 05 Jul 1948
01 Oct 1947 - 30 Sep 1950
18 April 1934 - 18 May 1938
11 Oct 1950 - 06 Aug 1952

Minutes of council meetings:
17 Jul 1956 - 09 Feb 1960
10 Mar 1960 - 28 May 1963
1 Nov 1950 - 17 Jul 1956
27 Aug 1930 - 11 Apr 1934 (volume included with minutes of weekly meetings 01 Oct 1930 - 11 Apr 1934

Visitor book/meeting attendances: 1967 - 1970, 1970 - 1973.

Cash books:
1963 - 1971
1971 - 1987
1986 - 1990
1990 - 1993 (no book 1994 - 9)
2000 - 2004

1958 - 1965

Subscription account: 1938 - 1950

1939 - 1954
1965 - 1971
1971 - 1986

Accounts: 1914 - 2000

Box four:
Club syllabus and exhibition programmes and catalogues

Box five:
Mees album 1912. Presented to Dr G. Mees on his appointment to Eastman Kodak to set up a research lab.
Book relating Mees life and retirement
Mees address to Kodak on his retirement

Box six:
Photeurope exhibitions
Various books re: photography

Box seven:
CCC Bulletins:
4 x bound: nos 1-32
Nos 33 - 62
Nos 65 - 93
Nos 94 - 137
Two folders of CCC Bulletins:
1989 onwards
1999 onwards

Box eight:
Draft of club history and various correspondence

Box nine:
Minutes and correspondence:
Letters 1988/9
Correspondence: 1990 - 1993
Correspondence: 1986 - 1988
Premises (folder)
Members 1940 - 1980 (mainly pictures)
Folder: Records of AGMs 1970s - 1980s.
Folder: council minutes December 1989
Folder: Old Council Minutes 1982 - 1991
Green folder: Minutes/correspondence 1986/7.
Red folder: Minutes/correspondence 1982 - 1985
Red folder: Minutes/correspondence 1987/8
Red folder: Minutes/correspondence 1983/4
Green folder: Minutes of meetings 1986 - 1988
Bundle: Council meetings 1990 - 1993

Box ten:
Display photos (board) views of Croydon (Centenary Exhibition, 1990) and captions plus some photos in print envelopes.
Exhibition visitors book 1971-3.
Envelope of old exhibition catalogues
Centenary beermats
Contact sheet (rolled) historic pictures.
Box of prints for centenary exhibition by S. Pickford (some pictures are much earlier).
Separate items:
Loose Carrier bag (Allders): Millenium album 2000 (submissions by members including biographies)

Box eleven (pre 1950, listing taken from list provided by CCC):
Copy negs: Mees album and others
Secretarial duties 1925
War Years 1939 - 1945
Early Exhibition Catalogues
Old Dutch Pictures: (contact prints from plates: see notes on rear H. Stillwell, 1990)
Dorrett and Lady Members Town Hall steps 1896, 1990
Home made calculator (for print exposure)
Design for club button whole badge (one enclosed)
Instructions for salt meter, a method of checking shutter speed)
Exhibition catalogues
Various issues of club rules
Club outing: boat picture 1925
Wratten Hand books

Large black boxes mostly containing material relating to exhibitions:
1960 - 1970 Early Colour Prints
1950s - 1980s
1950 - 1980: material relating to exhibitions and club activities
1980s: material relating to recent exhibitions and display prints including some bromoil prints by N.L.Gryspeerdt.

Loose material:
Yellow folder: club presidents
Yellow folder: photographers pre 1900
Yellow folder: Wettern and Wainwright/Dr Mees
Blue Cardboard folder (cups box): large prints including president
Box (carpet tiles): prints by John Keane
Large grey folder of prints marked Mrs M. Saunders, Edgar Hyman, H.G.Trod, Brian Davies, Peter Lewis
Large envelope: website 2001
Large envelope: orange: E.A.Salt
Envelope: John Keane
Print: The Birthday Party by Nick Vilag, c.1975.
Large envelope: Centenary, 1990
Folder: S.Whitaker, Church Interiors.

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