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Caufield and Shook collection

 Collection
Identifier: 1976_001-PA
This collection consists of approximately 47,000 nitrate negatives and 235,100 safety negatives, prints, and associated records of Caufield & Shook, Inc. studio of Louisville, KY. Caufield & Shook operated in Louisville, Kentucky from around 1903 to 1978 but the bulk of the photographs in this collection date from 1930 to 1965 (many items from before 1937 were lost in the 1937 Ohio River Flood). Subjects include Louisville businesses and events, with wide coverage of the 1937 Ohio River Flood, portraits, street views, parks, buildings, and much more in Louisville and the surrounding region. Photographers represented are Frank Shook, Will Bowers, Irvin Glass, Harry Fried, Ned Tanselle, and Dick Duncan. Materials include original prints, original negatives, copy prints, copy negatives, and invoice files. Photographic formats include acetate “safety” negatives, nitrate negatives, glass negatives, and gelatin silver prints.

Dates

  • circa 1903-1970s

Creator

Extent

350000 items (includes 282100 negatives)

78 linear feet

Brief History

The commercial photography firm of Caufield & Shook was founded in 1903 by James Caufield (1880-1968) and Frank W. Shook (1882-1971), who later took in Will Bowers (1890-1969) as partner and chief photographer. Richard N. Duncan (1915-1989) and Ned Tanselle (1923-1996) purchased the firm in 1960. The studio's negatives were donated to the Photographic Archives beginning in 1967 and continuing through 1978 when the firm ceased operation. Few aspects of life in Louisville escaped the lens of Caufield & Shook whose company motto was "we photograph ANYTHING, day or night." The collection includes work for Louisville architects, builders, banks and financial houses, wholesale and retail merchants, advertisers, government agencies, public utilities, and private individuals. In 1924 Caufield and Shook became the official photographer of the Kentucky Derby. Thousands of books, catalogs, advertisements, newspapers, magazines, and television programs have used Caufield & Shook photographs as illustrations.

Related Materials

  1. 1980_01 – Lin Caufield collection - contains memorabilia of James Caufield
  2. 1980_06 – Will Bowers photographs (prints and related materials from work done with and outside of the Caufield & Shook studio)
  3. 1993_40 – James Caufield papers
  4. 1993_41 – C&S early sample photographs
  5. 1997_09 – Dick Duncan photographs (prints and related materials from work done with and outside of the Caufield & Shook studio)
  6. 2000_157 – Caufield & Shook mini-postcard set
  7. 2010_17 – James Caufield cameras

Negative numbers/dates

Negative numbers can be used to determine at least an approximate creation date.

Negative Number Ranges/Dates

  1. 006600 - ?: 1912
  2. 014245 – 016353: 1916
  3. 016354 – 020704: 1917
  4. 020705 – 021972: 1917
  5. 021973 – 025447: 1918
  6. 025448 – 029725: 1919
  7. 029726 – 034832: 1920
  8. 034833 – 040413: 1921
  9. 040414 – 046395: 1922
  10. 046396 – 053493: 1923
  11. 053494 – 061009: 1924
  12. 061010 – 069765: 1925
  13. 069766 – 078682: 1926
  14. 078683 – 088172: 1927
  15. 088173 – 098520: 1928
  16. 098521 – 107677: 1929
  17. 107678 – 115587: 1930
  18. 115588 – 122016: 1931
  19. 122017 – 126276: 1932
  20. 126277 – 130506: 1933
  21. 130507 – 136150: 1934
  22. 136151 – 141614: 1935
  23. 141615 – 149086: 1936
  24. 149087 – 150498: 1937
  25. 150499 – 163691: 1938
  26. 163692 – 170807: 1939
  27. 170808 – 177862: 1940
  28. 177863 – 184099: 1941
  29. 185100 – 191698: 1942
  30. 191699 – 198201: 1943
  31. 198202 – 205479: 1944
  32. 205480 – 213776: 1945
  33. 213777 – 222712: 1946
  34. 222713 – 232075: 1947
  35. 232076 – 240327: 1948
  36. 240328 – 249355: 1949
  37. 249356 – 257820: 1950
  38. 257821 – 265891: 1951
  39. 265892 – 273531: 1952
  40. 273532 – 280367: 1953
  41. 280368 – 286314: 1954
  42. 286315 – 291714: 1955
  43. 291715 – 296141: 1956
  44. 296142 – 299919: 1957
  45. 299920 – 305099: 1958
  46. 305100 – 307599: 1959
  47. 307600 - end : 1959
  48. Series A: 1960
  49. Series B: 1961
  50. Series C: 1962
  51. Series D: 1963
  52. Series E: 1964
  53. Series F: 1965
  54. Series G: 1966
  55. Series H: 1967
  56. Series J: 1968
  57. Series K: 1969
  58. Series L: 1970
  59. Series M: 1971

Creator

Title
Caufield & Shook Collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Elizabeth Reilly
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752
502 852-6673 (Fax)