Petaluma Cine Club records, 1942-1971

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Published by the Sonoma County Library
Published Dec. 20, 2019
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Petaluma Cinema Club records, 1942-1971

Sonoma County Library

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Petaluma Cinema Club
Title: Petaluma Cinema Club records
Date (inclusive): 1942-1971
Identification: SPC.00013
Physical Description: 1 linear foot 1 box (3 record books; 3 file folders)
Language of Material: Materials are in English.
Repository: Petaluma History Room, Petaluma Regional Library
Abstract: This collection contains official records of the Petaluma Cinema Club (also known as the Petaluma Cine Club) of Petaluma, California from establishment in 1942 to dissolution in 1971.

Biography/Organization History

The inaugural meeting of the Petaluma Cinema Club took place on Jan. 27, 1942, when a group of amateur movie fans became "charter members of the ... organization formed to assist eight- and sixteen-millimeter enthusiasts in bettering their films through exchange of ideas, experiments, and constructive criticism of each other's pictures." ( Petaluma Argus-Courier (Petaluma, California) · 31 Jan 1942, page 6) The club offered members demonstrations, opportunities to collaborate on making amateur films, outings and more for the next 30 years. Eventually, interest in filmmaking waned and in 1972, the club shifted its focus to still photography and renamed itself as the Petaluma Camera Club. ( Petaluma Argus-Courier (Petaluma, California) · 26 Apr 1994, page 29 )

Scope and Contents

Meeting notes, newsletters and other official records of the Petaluma Cinema Club of Petaluma, California.

Access Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection.

Corporate Names

Petaluma Cinema Club

Topical Terms

Motion pictures--Societies, etc.
Motion pictures--California--Petaluma--History
Amateur films--Production and direction--California--Petaluma--History

Genre and Format Terms

Administrative records
Archival materials

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Conditions Governing Access:

Access Information

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Conditions of Use

Collection does not circulate and may be photocopied or photographed by arrangement only.

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[Identification of item], Petaluma Cinema Club records, 1942-1971. SPC.00013, Petaluma History Room, Sonoma County Library, Petaluma, CA.
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