Crown Studios Ltd :Negatives and prints

Crown Studios (Wellington, N.Z.); Thompson, Francis, 1895-1977; Thompson, Francis Charles, 1923-2001

Sporting, school, professional group portraits, portraits and general views around Wellington, taken 1920s-1970s by Crown Studios Ltd. Includes team and individual photographs of All Blacks and other rugby teams, cricketers, surf life-savers, boxers, wrestlers, speedway motorcyclists and Wellington street scenes. Includes portraits of persons from a range of ethnicities.

Information relating to the Crown Studios photography business and images are contained in 22 day books dated circa 1920 to 1971, which contain lists of photograph or negative numbers, name and address of client, prices, dates, format requirements, and remarks.

Accompanying information - Document compiled by John Sullivan (former Curator of Photographs) listing original Crown negative numbers to the years they were taken. See #37417.

Source of descriptive information - Crown Studios negative registers and daybooks

Arrangement: Negatives housed at 35mm-037834 to 038038, 38060 to 38174, 48047 to 48561, 1/4-106700 to 106781, 108251 to 108676, 1/2-190600 to 195150, 195218 to 195789, 195849 to 197391, 201770 to 207982, 1/1-030103 to 037472, 037823 to 038967, 039121 to 039153, 039183 to 039294, 039830, 039832. 10x8-1990 to 2077. Albums at PA1-o-1636 and PA1-q-1092. (Note: The collection includes colour negatives, particularly all the sequence including 35mm-048047 to 048407)

Photographer Francis Thompson was the first manager of the Crown Studios Ltd. He later purchased the business.

Quantity: 23441 b&w original negative(s). 1091 b&w original photographic print(s). 2 colour original photographic print(s) colour original photographic print(s). 22 volume(s) daybooks.

Finding Aids: A guide to the dates of the Crown Studio photographs was created by staff member John Sullivan. Staff: This guide is at #374678..

Provenance: Frank Thompson is the son of Francis Thompson, worked with him, and later took over the business from his father.

Transfers: To Manuscripts & Archives - Letter from S P Andrew. Letter from the Rugby Museum. Business letter from Frank Thompson. History of Hope Brothers. Maniscript and photocopies reating to aviator Kingsford Smith. New Zealand War Amputees Association certificate. - To Drawings & Prints Collection - Five original watercolour greeting cards. Two pencil portraits of dogs. Pen drawing of church and churchyard, Bonchurch, England. - To Ephemera Collection - copy of `Weddel's World' October 1974. Folder for New Zealand All Blacks supporters tour, South Africa 1970. - To Book Collections - Two souvenirs of Walton-on-Thames and the New Zealand Military Hospital. Booklet `The Southern Cross Flies Again." Booklet `Karori Bowling Club (Inc) Golden Jubilee, 1903-1953.'.

Processing information: The business daybooks and negative registers were received by the Library in 2001 and used as a guide to the collection by staff. In 2018, these daybooks and negative registers were added to the collection. Some volumes have been digitised and can be accessed online; more digital surrogates will be added over time.

Access restrictions
Partly restricted material - No permission is need to view items in this collection; however staff assistance is neccessary to view some photographic formats.
23441 b&w original negative(s), 1091 b&w original photographic print(s), 2 colour original photographic print(s) colour original photographic print(s), 22 volume(s) daybooks, Photographs
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