PSA History: Founding of PSA
Chronology of Events
Tony Patti, HonPSA, FPSA
Associated Camera Clubs of America (ACCA) was founded.
September 8, 1932
Meeting in Newark, NJ, first step towards creating PSA.
December 1, l932
Letters sent to 200 likely interested parties to be part of organizing committee.
Nearly all of the solicited persons joined for one dollar per year dues.
Officers of the Organizing Committee were elected as follows:
||Louis F. Bucher, Newark, NJ
||Clare J. Crary, Warren, PA
||Dr. Max Thorek, Chicago, IL
||R. L. Van Oosting, Lynwood, CA
Headquarters was located at the site of the Newark Camera Club in Newark. NJ.
September 4, 1933
The second meeting of the committee was held at the Fort Dearing Camera Club in Chicago, IL. Progress reports were favorable, and it was decided to enroll individual members.
A resolution to change the name of ACCA to Photographic Society of America (PSA) was presented to the Board of the Associated Camera Clubs of America and passed.
Records and funds of ACCA were transferred to the newly organized PSA.
The first officers of the Society were:
||Louis F. Bucher
||Dr. Max Thorek
||R.L. Van Oosting
||Byron H. Chatto
||Chester H. Wheeler
Directors were as follows:
William A. Alcock, Charles K. Archer, Robert A. Barrows, Harry A. Greene, Arthur Hammond, Harry P. Herron, and William L. Woodburn.
President Thorek appointed William Woodburn as chairman for a committee to draft a constitution and by-laws of the Society. Members of the constitution and by-laws committee were Byron H. Chatto, Louis Fleckenstein, Franklin L Jordan, Dr. E. P. Wightman, and Dr. Thorek.