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Royal Photo Company collection

Identifier: 1982_003-PA

Content Description

Approximately 30,000 flexible film negatives and nine volumes of order books (which record job number and information) from the Royal Photo Company, Louisville. Negatives are from the years 1937 through 1972. The Royal Photo Company was founded in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1903 by Louis Bramson and operated as a commercial photography studio until 1972. Stern Bramson, son of the founder, made the bulk of the negatives between 1939 and 1972. The studio or its subsequent owner discarded all earlier materials. Prints by the studio are found in several other collections at the Photographic Archives, including Cirkut camera panoramas shot during World War I when the studio moved to Camp Taylor, a U.S. Army training base in suburban Louisville. The collection includes studio logbooks, an oral history interview with Stern Bramson, and over 25,000 black and white negatives. The negatives are a valuable source of information about commerce, industry, and major construction during this important period. In addition, there are significant groups of photographs showing workers, family groups, and minorities in Louisville.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1937-1972


30000 photographs (92 boxes, 2 drawers, 18 books)