History of PSA


Elena McTighe, APSA, PPSA

1919
Associated Camera Clubs of America (ACCA) was founded.


1933
Plans formulated for the establishment of PSA.


1934
The birth of PSA.
April: The first Bulletin is published.
The first PSA convention, held in Pittsburgh.


1935
March: the first PSA Journal was published.
The By-laws were finalized.


1937
PSA was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in Illinois.
The first annual 100 Print Travel Salon was held: the precursor to today's PSA Exhibition.


1938
The first special interest division was formed: The Techniques Division
Formation of the Historical Division.


1939
Formation of the Pictorial Division, later called the Pictorial Print Division.


1940
The first Honors were granted at the Cleveland Convention.


1941
Formation of the Color Division, later called the Color Slide Division and then the Color Projected Image Division.


1943
The first Chapters were organized.
The Camera Club Division was formed.


1944
Formation of the Photojournalism Division.


1945
The Charter for the Society's Permanent Print Collection was established.


1946
Formation of the Motion Picture Division.


1948
Dr. C.E.K. Mees received the first Progress Medal Award.


1949
PSA Headquarters was established in Philadelphia with the help of Cornerstone Members.


1952
Formation of the Stereo Division, later called the 3D Division.


1969
Formation of the Photo Travel Division.


1973
Conference attendance was at an all time high of 2,003 in San Francisco.


1976
PSA membership was at an all time high of 18,962.


1988
PSA Headquarters was moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


1996
The first Distinctions were granted at the Conference in Tucson, Arizona.


1997
Formation of the Electronic Imaging Division.


1998
The first PSA Youth Showcase was held.