Photocraft records
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Photocraft records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Photocraft (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Photocraft records
Dates: 1937-1973
Extent: 6.0 cubic feet (11 boxes)
Identification: MS 2102

Biographical/Historical Note

Photocraft was a business located on 12 West State Street in Savannah, Georgia that was run by George W. Gillins and J. Byron Newton, Jr. Photocraft sold photographic equipment and supplies, and provided film developing, printing, and enlarging services.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains business correspondence, accounts, and financial statements from 1937 to 1973 for Photocraft, a photography development and supply store in Savannah, Georgia. Also included is a box camera from the early 1900s. Of particular interest is George W. Gillins' civilian pass with his photograph to enter Camp Stewart (present day Fort Stewart) where he was a photographer in the early 1940s. There is also correspondence between Gillins and army officials concerning his work at Camp Stewart as well as correspondence and accounts regarding the business Photocraft supplied to the army during World War II.


This collection is arranged into 11 boxes:

Box 1: Alphabetical listing of correspondence with the accounts receivable department, 1969-1973

Box 2: Accounts, correspondence, 1943-1952

Box 3: Accounts, correspondence, 1950-1953

Box 4: Accounts, correspondence, 1948-1949

Box 5: Accounts, correspondence, 1941-1950

Box 6: Accounts, correspondence, 1938-1950

Box 7: Accounts, correspondence, 1942-1950

Box 8: Bank statements, returned bank checks, correspondence, ledgers, George W. Gillins civilian pass for Camp Stuart, 1941-1960

Box 9: Accounts, correspondence, 1937-1950

Box 10: Accounts, employee records, financial statements, 1937-1946

Box 11: Box camera, early 1900s

Index Terms

Artifacts (object genre)
Box cameras.
Business enterprises--Georgia--Savannah.
Financial statements.
Fort Stewart (Ga.)
Gillins, George W., 1914-1991.
Ledgers (account books)
Letters (correspondence)
Newton, J. Byron, 1921-1999.
Photocraft (Savannah, Ga.)
Photography--Developing and developers.
Photography--Equipment and supplies.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection is processed at the Basic Level (or collection level). There is no detailed inventory for this collection as it is not fully processed. To request that this collection be added to our priority list of collections to be fully processed as staffing and funding allow, please contact the Library and Archives staff.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.