History / PHSNE History
The Photographic Historical Society of New England was founded April 8, 1973, at a meeting attended by some 75 interested collectors at the Old Edgell Library, Framingham Centre, Massachusetts. By early 1974 the founders, other board members and the general members had created a fully functioning society, operating much as it does today.
Meeting of PHSNE Interim Board (1973)2
The meeting was organized by Richard Bolt, Bryon Owens, Lawrence Rochette, and Richard Sanford. An interim Board1, chaired by Mr. Rochette, and consisting of the other three founders, plus John S. Craig, Valerie P. Craig, Matthew Isenberg, Sharon Isenberg, and Luana Rochette was approved. Luana Rochette was designated Treasurer, and Valerie Craig Secretary. Mr. Ben Corning was also added to the interim Board as a Member-at-Large. Mr. Robert Pratt, editor of the newsletter, was added to the interim Board as a nonvoting member.
Robert Platt started publication of the Newsletter with Issue #1 reporting on the April 8, 1973 meeting. Publication continued regularly in 1973. In January 1974, Craig Volmer became the editor and the Newsletter was renamed Photo~Nostalgia with the publication of issue #7.
One of the motivations for forming a New England society was to avoid the trips to New York to attend trade shows.3 Thus, planning for a trade show began immediately and the first PHSNE Trade Show was held on September 22 & 23, 1973 at Hotel 128, Dedham MA.4
PHSNE Group Photo, June 3, 1973.7
(Thirty-eight of the Charter Members.)
Under the direction of the interim Board, a set of by-laws for the Society was drafted. These first by-laws were approved by the general membership in January, 1974.5 Under the by-laws, the first official slate of officers and Board members were elected to serve until June, 1974. The officers elected were: John S. Craig, President; Matthew Isenberg, Vice President; Richard Sanford, Secretary; and Bryon Owens, Treasurer. Board Members-at-Large were Richard Bolt, Robert Pratt, Lawrence Rochette, Richard Russack, and Paul Wing. The by-laws provided for annual elections to commence in May with one year terms starting in June.6
After discussion at the November 1973 interim Board meeting, a membership directory was started. It was published in 1974, after the election of the new officers. The PHSNE 1974 Directory lists 96 memberships, 60 of which were Charter Memberships. Charter Members joined by, or during, the June 3, 1973 meeting.
The aims and goals of the Photographic Historical Society of New England include:
The Society, now approaching 40 years has continued to operate under these aims and goals, using trade shows, publications, educational exhibits, monthly presentations, and the World Wide Web to preserve and promote the history of photography.
The first thirty years of PHSNE history has been documented in three Journal articles:
A listing of all PHSNE officers is provided at Officers.
These documents provide a contemporaneous, published history of the founding, operations, and early activities of PHSNE.
• Announcing a New Club and Newsletter 1,2, & 6 scans courtesy Dick Bolt. From his Web site PHSNE History.
1 Early documents use the terms "temporary Board," "Board," "Executive Board" and "Board of Directors" when referring to the Board elected at the April 1973 meeting (e.g. see, Newsletter #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5, PHSNE 1974 Directory). This author has chosen to use the term "interim Board" in this online history for the board elected at the April 8, 1973 meeting. The later Boards, starting in January 1974 and constituted under the Bylaws of PHSNE are refered to simply as "Board" with no "interim" qualifier.