Creator: Cape Ann Camera Club
Dates: 1902-1947
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 document box)
Acquisition:  Accession #: 2480 ; Donated by: Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Cleveland
Identification: A32 ; Archive Collection #32
Citation: [Document Title]. The Records of the Cape Ann Camera Club Collection, [Box #, Folder #, Item #], Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Gloucester, MA.
Copyright:  Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be addressed to the Librarian/Archivist.
Language: English
Finding Aid: Peter J. Brown, 2004.


The Cape Ann Camera Club was organized in 1902. however, the constitution was not written until 1903. It remained in existence until 1947. The club rented rooms at 119 Main St., Gloucester, for the entire period. The original purpose of the club was “...the advancement among its members of the knowledge of photography in all its branches and the promotion of social intercourse among those interested in photography.” The “social intercourse” was greatly expanded with a billiard table, ping pong table, bridge contests, catered bi-monthly meetings and banquets to which wives were invited.


The records of the Cape Ann Camera Club were donated to the Cape Ann Historical Association by Mrs. Lawrence Cleveland, who is the daughter of Herman W. Spooner, the long time treasurer of the Camera Club. 


The records include 43 postcard notices of meetings, membership listings, the constitution of 1903, minutes recorded of meetings, and miscellaneous documents.


Box 1

Small box containing postcard notices of meetings

Small note book, membership list as of Jan. 1936

Small note book, membership list, undated

Folder 1: Cape Ann Camera Club constitution 1903

Folders 2-11: Miscellaneous documents and minutes of meetings