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Records of the Virginia Society for the Photographic Arts (SC-19)

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-19

Scope and Content Note

The collection’s inclusive dates are 1975-2004, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1980s and 1990s. The collection is comprised of correspondence, membership lists, committee files, meeting minutes, planning files, promotional materials, newsletters, and other ephemeral material.


  • 1975-2004



The collection is open for research.


The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright, beyond that allowed by fair use, requires the researcher to obtain permission of copyright holders.


2.5 linear feet (2 boxes; 75 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection documents the history of the Virginia Society for the Photographic Arts (VSPA), from its founding in 1975 in Charlottesville to the mid-2000s when the organization disbanded. The material highlights VSPA’s mission to promote art created by photographic processes through its outreach, activities, and exhibitions. History and membership files detail VSPA’s administration over the years, while the newsletters provide an overview of all VSPA activities. The rest of the collection documents the active exhibition and event schedule that VSPA presented at Virginia museums, galleries, and arts organizations as the group worked to garner support for photography as a fine art.


The collection is organized into three series, and items are arranged chronologically within each series. Items with no date are placed at the end of a series.
Series 1
General Files, 1975-2001, undated
Series 2
Exhibitions and Events, 1979-2004, undated
Series 3
Newsletters, 1975-2003

Custodial History

The collection was donated by Taylor Dabney, past President of the Virginia Society for the Photographic Arts in November 2011.

Related Materials - VMFA Library

  • Exhibition File: Freshworks ’79, 1979
  • Subject File: Art Organizations and Foundations: Virginia: Private: Virginia Society for the Photographic Arts

Processing Information

The collection was arranged chronologically within series. When provided, original folder titles were kept. Publications were removed and added to the VMFA Library’s holdings. A complete list of these publications is available from the Archivist.
Finding Aids to Special Collections in the VMFA Archives | Records of the Virginia Society for the Photographic Arts
Special Collection 19 (SC-19)
Courtney Yevich Tkacz, VMFA Archivist
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Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository

Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond VA 23220-4007 United States