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Photography Collections of Financial Companies

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

With thanks to Carmen Hofmann for this information via ARCHIVES-NRA:

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) is calling for papers to be presented at the workshop: Photography Collections of (Financial) Companies - A Corporate Historical View to be held at ING, Amsterdam on Thursday 19 May 2011

The objective of the workshop is to learn more about the existence, importance and use of corporate photography collections in (financial) organizations for a broader public.

The widespread use of photography by companies led to the development of often extensive corporate photography collections, many of which were kept in relative obscurity in a company’s historical archives. The aim of the workshop is to put these corporate photography collections in the spotlight, with a focus on photography at financial companies. Where are these collections? How are they preserved and managed? Who knows about them? How are they used? How can we see these collections?

The program committee encourages the submission of papers with specific emphasis on the following areas:

  • Corporate photography collections in financial institutions
  • Corporate photography collections in museums and public archives
  • Use of corporate photography collections at exhibitions and in publications

The program committee will consider papers dealing with the topics mentioned above. The aim of the workshop is to encourage creative thinking and debate among the participants. As such, the program committee is especially interested in presentations that contain not only a theoretical aspect, but which in addition actively engage the audience in observation and discussion.

Archivists, curators, researchers, scholars, photographers or corporate-designers, interested in presenting a paper or outlining their field of work in relation to the topic, should send an abstract (of approx. 500 words) to: by Friday 11 March 2011.


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This blog will provide information about the development of a National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland. It will also be used to provide general updates about Business Archives in Scotland.

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