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Collection on the Lexington Camera Club, 1936-1972

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Finding aid prepared by Amanda M. Reeve


Collection on the Lexington Camera Club




University of Kentucky Special Collections


Arranged in series by creator.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2007AV012 : [identification of item], Collection on the Lexington Camera Club, 1936-1972, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


2.15 cubic feet

5 boxes, 108 items


The Collection on the Lexington Camera Club consists of 108 gelatin silver prints representing the photographic work of many but not all of the members of the Lexington Camera Club.


The Lexington Camera Club was organized in the Fall of 1936 by Professor Brooks Hamilton and Dr. Louis Mulligan. Olin E. Hinkle was the first president elected. They met at the University of Kentucky campus in the Funkhouser Building.

The first formal public exhibition of the Lexington Camera Club was held in 1940 on the mezzanine of the old Phoenix Hotel. It comprised 112 prints. Dr. Stanley Parks won first prize. In February and March of 1941 the first annual Kentucy Photographic Salon was held. Van Deren Coke took first place with Foggy Morning -- Yarmouth. Exhibitions were hled in the Phoenix Hotel on Main Street and in the old Kentucky Utilities Building until 1948 when locations began to varrie.

Monthly meetings averaged forty-five to fifty prints. Most members were using twin-lens reflex cameras, square format camera, and the 4 x 5 view camera for their work. It was not until the early 1960's that anyone began using the 35mm camera for black and white photography. In the 1950's club meetings moved to the Fine Arts Building until 1967.

In 1972 there were approximately thrity active members of the Lexington Camera Club. Gene Meatyard was president of the oraganziation and Robert May was vice-president. Gene Meatyard died in May of that year and the club was disolved within that year.

Notable members of the club throughout the years were James Poole, Earl R. Young, Perry Hamilton, Winston Coleman, Dr. Kavanaugh, Dr. Mulligan, Van Deren Coke, Ben Hart, Brooks Hamilton, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, John Tinder, John Krauss, Clyde Burke, Walter Leet, Ralph Soards, Jim Bill Craig, Dr. Zygmunt S. Gierlack, William G. Cox, Henry Duncan, Tom Gregory, A. Z. Looney, Robert May, John E. Thierman, Claude Warnecke, Earl R. Young, Raymond Barnhart, Winston Coleman, J. W. Davis, James Mellon, Roland Roberts, and Merrill Whitmer.

Scope and Content

The Collection on the Lexington Camera Club consists of 108 gelatin silver prints representing the photographic work of many but not all of the members of the Lexington Camera Club.

Members of the club that have works in this collection are: John L. Carter (6 prints), Curtis Creech (1 print), Van Deren Coke (1921-2004) (26 prints), J. W. Craig (3 prints), W.G. Cox (6 prints), Henry Duncan (1 print), Z.S. Gierlach (10 prints), Tom Gregory (4 prints), Dr. Charles N. Kavanaugh (5 Prints), Walter Leet Jr. (12 prints), A. Z. Looney (6 prints), Robert May (3 prints), R. Eugene Meatyard (11 prints), John E. Theirman (4 prints), Claude Warnecke (5 prints), Earl R. Young (5 prints).


  • Lexington Camera Club.
  • Architectural photography
  • College campuses--Kentucky--Photographs.
  • Families--Photographs.
  • Horses--Photographs.
  • Photographers--Kentucky.
  • Photography--Kentucky--Lexington.
  • Portrait photographs

User Restrictions

The copyright to the materials in this collection are not held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

I Lexington Camera Club
Lexington Camera Club members photograph - Top Left to Right John Tinder, Duke Young, J. Winston Coleman, Jr., John W. Davis, Paul Price, John Riley, Middle - Prof. William Brooks Hamilton, James K. Poole, A. Z. Looney, Dr. Louis H. Mulligan, Dr. Charles N. Kavanaugh, Roland S. Roberts, Front - Clyde T. Burke, F. Van Deren Coke, James Tinder, William Curry, 1944
[Box: 1, Item: 1]
II John L Carter
Lift up thine eyes, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 92]
Le cygne, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 93]
Candid, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 94]
Science and youth, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 95]
High wire, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 96]
The night watch
[Box: 5, Item: 97]
III Curtis Creech
unidentified house with people on porch
[Box: 5, Item: 98]
IV Van Deren Coke
Wrought iron lamp, overgrown by vines. Lamp over entrance to Christ Episcopal Church gardens, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 2]
F. T. Justice Company interior with chair, clock and pot bellied stove. Office on Fourth and Jefferson, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 3]
Workman approaches through slats maze. Hillenmeyer Nurseries salt house-Sandersville Road, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 4]
Grave stones of war dead-Lexington Cemetery, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 5]
Portrait of John Jacob Niles with dulcimer and sheet music, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 6]
Morning exercise, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 7]
"Before and after" Hillenmeyer Farm, Georgetown Road, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 8]
White fences after dusk, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 9]
Beginning of Northern Belt line - fall, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 10]
Store front of pawn shop with railroad tracks. Rosenberg's corner - Walter and Upper Street, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 11]
Breckenridge statue with courthouse cupola - Cheapside Park, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 12]
Early morning West Main with Mary Todd Lincoln House, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 13]
Zero point from measuring distance - front of Court House on Main street, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 14]
C & O - L& N tracks going east, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 15]
Ornamental lamp post in front of First National Bank, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 16]
Architectural detail of Mill street, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 17]
Early morning - Second and Seventh streets, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 18]
Chitterlings for sale - Georgetown Street and Booker Avenue, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 19]
Joe Saunier - iron worker and blacksmith, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 20]
C&O - L&N railway station interior view, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 50]
Early morning street scene - Davis Bottom, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 51]
Joyland Park - Wildcat Ride, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 52]
Main Street court house entrance, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 53]
Greyhound bus station - interior view, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 54]
Limestone Quarry - Old Frankfort Pike, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 55]
Waiting - Southern Railway depot, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 56]
V J. W. Craig
Portrait - Midget paper seller, 1954 September 15
[Box: 1, Item: 21]
Portrait - Deaf mute paper seller, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 22]
Display window - Loom and Needle shop, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 57]
VI W. G. Cox
Typical doorway around Gratz Park, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 23]
Garden entrance to Christ Episcopal Church, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 24]
Lexington lamp works of Genera Electric Corporation, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 58]
McLean Stadium south side - view looking toward Barker Hall, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 59]
Tobacco barn, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 60]
VII Henry Duncan
Fayette County Court House cupola, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 61]
VIII Dr. Z. S. Gierlach
Clock x-ray, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 25]
Bell pepper x-ray, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 26]
Abstract design, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 62]
Abstract design, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 63]
Abstract design, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 64]
Sunday morning, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 65]
Reverse image, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 66]
Peafowl, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 67]
Abstract design, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 99]
Window drapes, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 100]
IX Tom Gregory
Portrait - Joe Wile - President of Wolf Wile Company, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 27]
Portrait - Leslie Baynham - President Baynham Shoe Company, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 28]
Portrait - Leroy Austin, Vice President, Security Trust Company, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 29]
Portrait - John H. Clark, Horseman, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 30]
X Dr. Charles N. Kavanaugh
"Winter betting books" favorites, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 31]
Thoroughbred horse farm paddock, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 32]
Blue grass farm scene, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 33]
Sulky wheels - Lexington Trotting Track, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 34]
Rounded corner paddock fence, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 35]
XI Walter Leet Jr
Haggin columns - Elmendorf Farm, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 36]
Court House entrance sculpture, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 37]
Drake Liquors - 315 West Short, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 38]
Portait - Reverend Leslie R. Smith, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 39]
Children at Joyland Park, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 40]
Trash carts on Sunday along Water Street, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 41]
Doorway of Morgan home - Gratz Park, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 68]
Traditional labor market - Upper and Vine Streets, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 69]
Front view of Christ Episcopal Church, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 70]
Pick up bailer - Tates Creek Pike, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 71]
Vine Street wholesale market, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 72]
551 West Short Street, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 73]
XII A. Z. Looney
Entrance to Chapel - Originally Kentucky Academy, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 42]
Pisgah Church stained glass window, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 74]
U.S. Veteran's Hospital, 1953
[Box: 5, Item: 101]
Calumet Farm from Van Meter Road, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 102]
Manchester Farm from Rice and Van Meter Roads, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 103]
Gratz house, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 104]
XIII Robert May
Main street looking east, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 75]
Loom and Needle garden figure - corner of Esplanade and East Street
[Box: 4, Item: 76]
Interior of Christ Church, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 77]
XIV R. Eugene Meatyard
Snow covered picnic ground - by airport, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 43]
Springtime on UK campus, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 44]
Lexington cemetery grave sculpture, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 45]
Track judge getting photo of close race at Keeneland, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 46]
Court House Square - woman seated along Main Street, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 47]
Charles Jett "Trade In" appliance stock, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 78]
Combination tobacco and livestock barn, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 79]
Ten minutes before race time, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 80]
Race horse expert, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 81]
Ready for first load of tobacco for fall sale, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 82]
Steeple on Memorial Hall at UK, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 105]
XV John E. Thierman
Pisgah Church, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 83]
Old Episcopal Cemetery Third Street, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 84]
James Lane Allen Memorial Fountain - Gratz Park, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 85]
Scarlet Gate, Home of James Lane Allen, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 86]
XVI Claude Warnecke
Mother and Child - Davis Bottom, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 48]
Winter horse farm, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 87]
Settin Tobacco, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 106]
Winter time - Lexington Public Park, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 107]
Horse farm in winter, undated
[Box: 5, Item: 108]
XVII Earl R. Young
Court house details - Fayette County Court House, undated
[Box: 2, Item: 49]
Georgetown Street "Shot Gun Houses", undated
[Box: 4, Item: 88]
Main Street, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 89]
Bridge and water tower on Leestown Road, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 90]
Old locust trees in winter, undated
[Box: 4, Item: 91]

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