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Guide to the Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club records
    Dates: 1947-1989
    Collection number: MC 13
    Creator: Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club
    Collection Size: 3 linear ft. (4 archival boxes)
    Repository: Sacramento Public Library. Sacramento Room
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Abstract: The Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club records are comprised of administrative records, minutes, newsletters, films, scrapbooks, photographs, awards and other printed material documenting the activities of the Sacramento Movie Forum (later Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club) from 1947 through 1989.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please contact the Sacramento Room.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Use of the described materials may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Sacramento Public Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club records, MC 13, Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, California.

    Historical Note

    Sacramento's first movie club organized in June 1937 as the Sacramento Movie Forum, a member of the Northern California Council of Amateur Movie Clubs (NCC of AMC). The club met at the Clunie Clubhouse in McKinley Park in Sacramento, California, and welcomed amateur filmmakers from all professions. Its purpose was to further home motion picture making, proper editing and titling, continuity and story technique. The club hosted demonstrations on filming and editing techniques, participated in intra and inter-club competitions and produced community service pieces for local organizations. Meetings were later held in the Garden Arts Center at McKinley Park soon after its construction. In 1970, the Movie Forum became the Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club (SAMM). In subsequent years, the club moved toward video and digital technology and later became affiliated with Access Sacramento, community media in Sacramento.

    Scope and Content Note

    The Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club records are comprised of administrative records, minutes, newsletters, films, scrapbooks, photographs, awards and other printed material documenting the activities of the Sacramento Movie Forum (later Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club) from 1947 through 1989. Administrative records include the 1961 and later revised constitutions and membership rosters. Bound and loose meeting minutes cover club meetings from 1952-1953 and 1962-1967. The collection also includes an almost complete run of the club's member bulletin from 1961-1988. There are also numerous films created by club members that are represented in the collection (ca. 1959-1984). These include award-winning short films as well as home movies, the majority created by longtime club member and secretary, Jewell Dawson. Also contained in the collection are scrapbooks with clippings and views of club events, including awards presentations and filming activities. General club records include club cards, a library inventory and other printed material.
    This collection is organized into seven series:
    • Series 1. Administration
    • Series 2. Minutes
    • Series 3. Bulletins
    • Series 4. Films
    • Series 5. Photographs and scrapbooks
    • Series 6. Awards
    • Series 7. General

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club
    Cinematography -- California -- Sacramento