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Photographic Society membership lists 1853-1900

I am completing a project to create a searchable database of Photographic Society of London, later the Royal Photographic Society, members from 1853-1900. The database will be made publicly and freely available through the internet by De Montfort University in the Summer. If it is well received then its coverage may be extended. The project is well advanced with some 2200 unique names, addresses, membership category(ies) and relevant dates.

The data has been sourced from published Society membership lists, the Photographic Journal and Council Minutes held in the RPS Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford, and from other libraries and research collections. However, there are membership lists missing for particular years, especially for the early period, although it is probable that no such list was published for some of these. To ensure that the database is as complete as possible I am looking to track down missing membership lists for the following years: 1855; 1856; 1858; 1860-65; 1867-68 (PJ states none published); 1871-73; 1876-77; 1894; 1898. They are usually found bound in the respective volume of the Photographic Journal.

Perhaps those of you with institutional files, libraries or collections could check these for me. If you find you have any such lists please contact me off-list.

With thanks.

Dr Michael Pritchard

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Comment by Michael Pritchard on November 24, 2012 at 7:34

Not yet although it is imminent. The database is currently being concerted for the web. I will post when it goes live. In the meantime if you have any specific queries please contact me direct. 

Comment by Rob Whalley on November 23, 2012 at 9:22


Has this been made available through DMU? If so, please could you point me in the right direction.

Many thanks.


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