Reference number
  • P/012
  • Collection
    Date range
    • 1900-1999
Extent and medium
  • 5 boxes and approximately 33 meters of publications, pamphlets and instruction manuals.
  • ┆Collected materials of Dr Robert White relating to photography, photographic history and photographic techniques. The collection includes a large library of books, journals, magazines, annuals and pamphlets covering myriad aspects of photography including: * handbooks and manuals of photography * photographic chemistry * photographic lenses * guides and manuals to using cameras * principles of photography * stereoscopic photography * camera collecting * colour photography * telephotography * photographic history * press photography * nature photography * retouching and enlarging photographs * negatives * ozotypes * bromide printing * developing and processing photographs * photo aquatint and photogravure * mounting and framing photographs * oil and bromoil processes * portraiture * moving objects photography * hand camera work * guides to buying cameras * miniature photography * exhibition catalogues The collection includes catalogues, marketing, product lists and instruction manuals for numerous manufacturers of cameras and photographic equipment including: * Boots * Ilford * Kodak * Ensign * Agfa * Konica * Nebro * Leica * Photo-Plait * Hasselblad * Schneider * Philips * Olympus * Polaroid * Minox * Ricoh * Rolleiflex * Rolleicord * Microflex * Praktica * Linhof * Iloca * Gnome * Fujica * Canon * Asahi * Pentax White developed an index to British Camera Makers 1880-1914 using advertisements in photographic journals. A copy of this is available in the collection. The collection includes a scrapbook of advertisements for Archie Handford, photographer based in Croydon, from the 1920s to the 1940s.
Administrative history
  • ┆Dr. Robert White began to take and develop photographs at the age of thirteen. While studying for a PhD he joined Hornchurch Photographic Society (Essex) and began to do well in their competitions. He submitted photographs to the European Universities Competition which won second place. White became interested in antique cameras, purchasing them from junk shops. He bought a run of the _British Photographic Almanac_ and studied the advertisements in order to build up a picture of the evolution of the camera through the decades and focus his collecting. In 1964 he became involved with the Royal Photographic Society Museum Working Party, later the Historical Group. At the RPS he worked with Arthur Gill, who gave him some of the works in the collection. His knowledge of historical camera equipment led to him writing several books and articles, including "Photographic Accessories 1890-1970" (2002, Shire Publications), "Discovering Old Cameras, 1839-1939" (2008, Shire Publications) and "Discovering Cameras 1945-1965" (2008, Shire Publications). White was a chemist by profession and was interested in collecting materials that demonstrated the link between chemist shops and photography. The collection includes invoices from Betty Smith, a pharmacist in Durham.
Access status
  • Open
Conditions governing access
  • Open and available for research access.
Conditions governing reproduction
  • Photographs may be taken for private research purposes only, subject to the condition of the item and any copyright regulations.
Language/scripts of material
  • English
  • German
  • French
Finding aids
  • The collection has a partial box-list.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • Bequeathed to Special Collections by Robert White and transferred by his executors.
Archival history
  • Collected by Robert White.