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Guide to the Browning Photograph Collection
1918-1952
(bulk 1920-1938)
  PR 9

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Jennifer Lewis

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 06, 2019
Description is in English.

Container List

Series II: Documents

Scope and Contents note

Series II dates from consists of the contents of a scrapbook compiled by Irving Browning including ephemera and correspondence relating to Browning's career as a photographer and cinematographer. During processing, items were removed from acidic scrapbook pages, and the former page number was written on the verso of each item so that the original arrangement could be reconstructed if necessary. Materials are arranged alphabetically by format or genre, as described below.

Advertisements includes posters for events in which Irving Browning was involved, including an exhibition of his photographs at the First Annual Motion Picture and Costume Ball of the Film and Photo League on April 27th, 1934 and speaking engagements at DeWitt Clinton High School and the Film and Photo League.

Clippings includes items related to Irving Browning's exhibitions, a clipping of his published photograph of an elevated railroad, and a news photograph of Browning directing child actors in a film.

Correspondence includes several letters from Browning's colleague Lars Moën, regarding experiments with color film, a few letters regarding membership in professional societies such as the American Television Society and the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, as well as correspondence from the Film and Photo League, the manager of The Film Daily, Carl Louis Gregory, and S. Barret McCormick of RKO Radio Pictures. Also included is a correspondence from RKO Radio concerning details of construction and equipment for the RKO Roxy Theatre.

Identification Cards and Membership Cards are primarily from professional organizations and conferences in the 1940s and 1950s. These include several Universal Newsreel Field Cameraman identification cards (which include most of the few photographs of Irving Browning in this collection), union membership cards for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators, a New York State drivers license from 1946, and other miscellaneous cards.

Pamphlets includes a Code of Ethics for the Society of Photographic Illustrators and an pamphlet about the New Film Alliance. Ribbons includes several exhibitor's ribbons from the Third Annual Exhibit of Professional Photography held in Rochester, New York. Tickets and a pass for the 1940 New York World's Fair are also included in this series. Photocopies of the original scrapbook pages are also in this series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 Folder : 230 Advertisements

General note

See also: Box 25, Folder 240

1934, 1937, undated
Box: 24 Folder : 231 Clippings
1928-1941
Box: 24 Folder : 232 Correspondence
1918-1944
Box: 24 Folder : 233 Identification cards
1942-1952, undated
Box: 24 Folder : 235 Membership cards
1939-1947
Box: 24 Folder : 235 Pamphlets
undated
Box: 24 Folder : 236 Ribbons [emphemera], from the Third Annual Exhibition of Professional Photography at the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute, Rochester, NY
1936
Box: 24 Folder : 237 Tickets and pass to the New York World's Fair 1940
1940
Box: 24 Folder : 238 Photocopies of original scrapbook pages
undated
Box: 25 Folder : 239 Scrapbook cover
undated
Box: 25 Folder : 240 Advertisements, oversize
undated

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