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Finding Aid for the Pacific Photo Club records, 1900-1955; Bulk, 1910-1935
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pacific Photo Club records
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1955; Bulk, 1910-1935
    Collection number: 784
    Creator: Bunn, George R., 1872-1956
    Extent: 6 document boxes (3.6 linear ft.) 6 shoeboxes
    Abstract: The records consist primarily of black-and-white photographs created by members of the Pacific Photo Club, an organization of amateur photographers active during the first three decades of the 20th century. The collection was accumulated by George R. Bunn, a member, and the majority of the photographs represent his work. Also included are club correspondence, personal correspondence, newsletters, photographic postcards, and albums representing the work of members.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Lena Hicks and Licia Hurst in 2012 with assistance from Jillian Cuellar and Megan Fraser.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Pacific Photo Club records (Collection Number 784). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    The Pacific Photo Club was an organization of amateur photographers across the United States active from the early 1900s through at least the 1930s. In addition to U.S. photographers, some participants hailed from Japan, Australia, and other areas.
    The collection was accumulated by George R. Bunn, who lived in Los Angeles and who appears to have been an active member of the photo club.
    Members corresponded by mail, exchanging photographs and assembling annotated group albums. The club also organized trips, such as camping expeditions to Yellowstone and Palm Springs, during which they practiced their avocation, and later exchanged these photos.
    The Pacific Photo Club was one of many such camera and photo societies that emerged at the beginning of the 20th century for amateur photographers seeking to enhance their technique and the artistic quality of their images. A number of the photographers in this collection had their work published in amateur photography magazines, including Popular Photography and American Photography, among them E. A. Doolittle, Arthur Van W. Eltinge, C. A. Heald, J. W. Jeffers, P. Benson Oakley, G. W. Schinkel, and Elizabeth B. Wotkyns.
    Other similar titles from the era include Anthony's Photographic Bulletin, The Photographic Times, The American Amateur Photographer, The Photo Beacon, Camera Notes, Camera and Darkroom, Photographic Topics, and Popular Photography.
    In addition to submitting photos for publication, and in some cases commentary, subscribers to these publications would post classified-style ads requesting exchange. For example, the following appeared in American Photography, Vol. 9 (January - December 1915):
    "507. George R. Bunn. 1571 W. First St., Los Angeles, Calif. 3) 4 x 5Y2 prints, all kinds D. O. P. of California mountain and marine scenery to exchange for artistic scenery preferred."

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists primarily of black-and-white photographs created by members of the Pacific Photo Club. The bulk of the images appear to have been taken by George R. Bunn. Also included are club correspondence, personal correspondence, newsletters, photographic postcards, and albums representing the work of members.
    The majority of photographs were taken in the U.S., though some were shot in locations as far away as Japan, India, Australia, and Europe. Subjects include landscapes, people, street scenes, historic landmarks, civic events (e.g., parades, rodeos, car shows, and festivals), and artistic still lifes. The bulk of the subjects are nature related, with many photos of the American West, including national parks and forests. The images also provide insight into the fashions of the times, in particular women’s hiking garb.
    The albums compiled by members, with their attendant correspondence, document the procedures and function of this photo club.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1: Photographs, 1907-1955
      • Subseries 1.1: Albums
      • Subseries 1.2: Loose photographs
      • Subseries 1.3: Grouped photographs
    • Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1913-1921
      • Subseries 2.1 Bunn, George R.: Personal correspondence, circa 1918-1921
      • Subseries 2.2. Bunn, George R.: Club-related correspondence, circa 1913-1921
    • Series 3: Publications, 1901-1903

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Pacific Photo Club --Archives.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographs.