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Preliminary Guide to the Joel Conway / Flying A Studio Photograph Collection
SBHC Mss 78  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content Notes
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Materials at UCSB

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joel Conway / Flying A Studio Photograph Collection
    Dates: ca. 1910s-1997
    Bulk Dates: 1910s
    Collection number: SBHC Mss 78
    Creator: Conway, Joel
    Collection Size: 15 linear feet (33 documents and smaller boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 1 unboxed binder). Online items available.
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: The collection mainly contains black and white prints and negatives relating to the Flying A Studios (aka American Film Manufacturing Company), a film company that operated in Santa Barbara (1912-1920), as well as supporting documentation.
    Physical location: Boxes 1, unboxed binder (3), 4-5, 8-36 (Del Sur); Boxes 2, 6-7 (Del Sur Oversize); audiotape (Annex 2).
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    None.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Joel Conway / Flying A Studio Collection. SBHC Mss 78. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift from Pat Eagle-Schnetzer and Ronald Conway, and purchase from Joan Cota (Conway children), 2009.

    Scope and Content Notes

    The collection mainly contains black and white prints and negatives relating to the Flying A Studios (aka American Film Manufacturing Company), a film company that operated in Santa Barbara (1912-1920), as well as supporting documentation. The collection materials were acquired by Joel Conway from various sources, including the abandoned studio. Conway was a photographer who had come from Chicago and who collected a large number of photographs over the years, including many with a Santa Barbara focus. He also took photographs and made large numbers of copy negatives and prints. He sold enlargements of Santa Barbara images to local customers and some of those enlargements can be found on the walls of places like Harry's Plaza Café in Loreto Plaza Shopping Center.

    Arrangement

    The collection is divided into the following series:
    • Series 1: General. Includes documentation by and about Flying A Studio. Boxes 1-2.
    • Series 2: Original Photographic Prints. Boxes 3-4.
    • Series 3: Copy Prints and Other. Boxes 5-7.
    • Series 4: Glass Negatives. Boxes 8-33.
    • Series 5: Film Negatives. Original and copy negatives. Boxes 34-36.
    • Series 6: Audiovisual. Audiocassette.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    American Film Manufacturing Company
    Conway, Joel
    Motion picture industry--California--Santa Barbara--History.

    Related Materials at UCSB

    Conway [Joel] / Early California Aviation Photograph Collection, ca. 1909-1950s [bulk dates 1910s]. About 400 separate images (many copy negatives and copy prints) compiled by Santa Barbara photographer Joel Conway, the bulk relating to the aviation activities of the Christofferson brothers and the Loughead (Lockheed) Aviation Company (headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA for a time in the 1910s), most depicting early California aviation history, many related to Santa Barbara. Includes images of Flying A. actresses Mary Miles Minter and Audrey Munson. (SBHC Mss 79).
    The Flying A [Studio]. Circular for the American Film Manufacturing Co. (Chicago), distributed by Film Supply Company of America, [1912]. Includes: "Daughters of Señor Lopaz," "The Power of Love," "Nell of the Pampas," and "The Heart of a Soldier." [4] p. (SC 984).
    Tompkins (Walker A.) Collection. Santa Barbara National Guard, in old Flying A Studio, 1936 (1 item). Oversize Photographs - Panoramas [Map Cabinet 20/8]. (SBHC Mss 18).