Louisville Photographic Society Records, 1940-1973

Held by the Filson Historical Society

Creator: Louisville Photographic Society

Title: Records, 1940-1973

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 1 cubic foot

Location Number: Mss./BK/L888a

Scope and Content Note

A collection of the records of the Louisville Photographic Society containing correspondence, meeting minutes, society constitutions, and assorted other documents. Originally named the Louisville Movie Club, the majority of records date from 1942-1947 and particularly, the 1943-1946 tenure of Frank Richterkessing as president of the group.

See photograph collection for related photos.

Historical Note

The Louisville Photographic Society began as the Louisville Movie Club in 1941. After three years of activity, the group changed its name to the Louisville Photographic Society, when it expanded to include still photography as well as motion pictures. During the presidency of Frank H. Richterkessing, the Louisville Photographic Society hosted the first annual Louisville International Salon of Photography in 1944. The society held one of these every year at least until 1959, when the Photographic Society of America held its yearly conference in Louisville. The motion picture part of the club produced several films during the 1940s, including Louisville Prepares , a short documentary on Louisville civil defense, and attempted to film the 1946 Kentucky Derby.

Folder List

Folder 1: Constitutions and Membership

Folder 2: Membership Ledger, 1943-1948

Folder 3: Membership Ledger, 1944-1946

Folder 4: Minutes

Folder 5: Financial Records

Folder 6: Announcements

Folder 7: Correspondence, 1941-1942

Folder 8: Correspondence, 1943-1944

Folder 9: Correspondence, 1944

Folder 10: Correspondence, 1945

Folder 11: Correspondence, 1945-1958

Folder 12: Newspaper Clippings

Folder 13: Letterhead and Envelopes

Folder 14: Exhibition announcements

Folder 15: Exhibition Programs – Louisville

Folder 16: Exhibition Programs – Other

Folder 17: Miscellaneous

Subject Headings

Amateur Cinema League

Cinematographers – Kentucky – Louisville

Civil defense – Kentucky – Louisville

Documentary films – Kentucky – Louisville

Kentucky Derby – History

Look magazine

Louisville (Ky.) — History

Louisville Movie Club

Louisville Photographic Society

Photographers – Kentucky – Louisville

Photographic Society of America


Photography – Exhibitions

World War, 1939-1945 – War work

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