Guide to the Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club Records

Amanda Graham
Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library
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Sacramento Public Library. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club Records

Collection number: MC 13

Sacramento Public Library

Sacramento Room

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Amanda Graham
Date Completed:
2011
Encoded by:
Amanda Graham
Copyright 2011 Sacramento Public Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club records
Dates: 1947-1989
Collection number: MC 13
Creator: Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club
Collection Size: 3 linear ft. (4 archival boxes)
Repository: Sacramento Public Library. Sacramento Room
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: The Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club records are comprised of administrative records, minutes, newsletters, films, scrapbooks, photographs, awards and other printed material documenting the activities of the Sacramento Movie Forum (later Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club) from 1947 through 1989.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please contact the Sacramento Room.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Use of the described materials may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Sacramento Public Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club records, MC 13, Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, California.

Historical Note

Sacramento's first movie club organized in June 1937 as the Sacramento Movie Forum, a member of the Northern California Council of Amateur Movie Clubs (NCC of AMC). The club met at the Clunie Clubhouse in McKinley Park in Sacramento, California, and welcomed amateur filmmakers from all professions. Its purpose was to further home motion picture making, proper editing and titling, continuity and story technique. The club hosted demonstrations on filming and editing techniques, participated in intra and inter-club competitions and produced community service pieces for local organizations. Meetings were later held in the Garden Arts Center at McKinley Park soon after its construction. In 1970, the Movie Forum became the Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club (SAMM). In subsequent years, the club moved toward video and digital technology and later became affiliated with Access Sacramento, community media in Sacramento.

Scope and Content Note

The Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club records are comprised of administrative records, minutes, newsletters, films, scrapbooks, photographs, awards and other printed material documenting the activities of the Sacramento Movie Forum (later Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club) from 1947 through 1989. Administrative records include the 1961 and later revised constitutions and membership rosters. Bound and loose meeting minutes cover club meetings from 1952-1953 and 1962-1967. The collection also includes an almost complete run of the club's member bulletin from 1961-1988. There are also numerous films created by club members that are represented in the collection (ca. 1959-1984). These include award-winning short films as well as home movies, the majority created by longtime club member and secretary, Jewell Dawson. Also contained in the collection are scrapbooks with clippings and views of club events, including awards presentations and filming activities. General club records include club cards, a library inventory and other printed material.
This collection is organized into seven series:
  • Series 1. Administration
  • Series 2. Minutes
  • Series 3. Bulletins
  • Series 4. Films
  • Series 5. Photographs and scrapbooks
  • Series 6. Awards
  • Series 7. General

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club
Cinematography -- California -- Sacramento


Collection Contents

Box/Folder: 1/1

Series 1. Administration 1961-1973

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of constitutions (1961, n.d.) and membership rosters (1965, 1969, 1972-1973)
Box/Folder: 1/2-3

Series 2. Minutes 1952-1967

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of meeting minutes from club gatherings (1952-1953, 1962-1967)
Box/Folder: 1/4-11

Series 3. Bulletins 1961-1988

Physical Description: 8 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes member newsletters (1961-1988). Newsletters published after 1974-1988 are titled Movie News.
Box/Folder: 1/12, Box 2-3

Series 4. Photographs and scrapbooks 1947-1981

Physical Description: 2 boxes and 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of 20 photographic prints, 1 photograph album, 4 scrapbooks and loose scrapbook pages documenting club meetings, filming activities, film competitions and awards presentations (1947-1981).
 

Series 5. Films 1959-1984

Physical Description: 18 film reels and 9 VHS tapes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of eighteen 8mm and 16mm color film reels with short films created by Jewell Dawson as well as footage of the Dawson family; and nine VHS tapes with transfers of "Movies of the Dawsons, Wests and Cevolas," which include additional short films captured by other club members.
Box/Folder: 1/13, Box 4

Series 6. Awards 1955-1983

Physical Description: 1 box and 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of trophies and other honors awarded to the Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club and to Jewell Dawson. The majority of the awards are from competitions of the Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers club and the Northern California Council of Amateur Movie Clubs.
Box/Folder: 1/14-16, Box M

Series 7. General 1962-1986

Physical Description: 3 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of clippings, programs, cards and other printed material (1962-1986).