Series VPRS 10742
Photographic Negatives [1956 Melbourne Olympics Photograph Collection]
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Date Range: Series 1956 - 1956
  Series in Custody 1956 - 1956
  Contents 1956 - 1956
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical/Digital
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1956 - 1956 Organising Committee for the XVIth Olympiad Melbourne [1956] VA 4153
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2002 - cont Department for Victorian Communities VA 4562
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    To locate the images of interest, either consult VPRS 15163 Index to Photographic Negatives [1956 Melbourne Olympics Photograph Collection],

    or

    Consult the Consignment Details List for this series,

    or

    Conduct a search of items in this series.

    Negatives can be located by their negative number, by the specific or general sport concerned (eg Basketball, Soccer, Athletics, Hammer Throw &c), or by the negatives' identifying captions (eg Rowing Eights semi-final Australian Eight returns to boat shed after coming 2nd to USA).

    This series has been digitised and is available online. Access to the digitised records is available via the physical records details pages.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of photographic negatives of the Olympic Games held in Melbourne in 1956. These negatives were created as part of the sale of Olympic Photographs to the public and competitors at the time of the Games in 1956.

    The Organising Committee negotiated with the Institute of Victorian Photographers to arrange for the reproduction of photographs of the Olympics for sale. Copy negatives were produced by the Institute for Victorian Photographers to assist with the reproduction of sale copies of photographs. Myer Emporium was enlisted to organise the sale of the photographs, and to assist this process a board was set up displaying the photographs for sale in three key areas: at Myer Emporium Sales Office, Melbourne Cricket Ground, and in the Olympic Village. The Organising Committee was to receive 3 pence royalty on each print sold.

    The Organising Committee for the XVIth Olympiad, Melbourne [1956] (VA 4153) recognised that limited positions would be available for the taking of still photographs of the Olympic Games due to the venues, the natures of the sports involved, and the regulations of the International Olympic Committee. Discussions were held with global and Australian newspaper, newsagent, and magazine contingents and research into how previous games had dealt with the situation was also conducted. The Committee determined that a pool of 30 accredited photographers, to be known as the Olympic Photo Association, would undertake all still photography in restricted playing areas under co-operative 'pool' conditions, and that a total of 125 photographers would be permitted to operate both inside and outside the restricted 'pool' areas at any one time.

    The Olympic Photo Association was made up of an Australian Segment, a Global Segment and a Magazine Segment. Mr Doyle, Chairman of the Press and Publicity Sub Committee of the Organising Committee, recalled in the Minutes of the Olympic Photo Association (VPRS 10743/P0 Unit 14 - Photographic Pool) that there was 'a provision in the photographic agreement for photographs taken by the pool to be sold to competitors, officials and the public through a sales organisation set up by the Organising Committee'. Under this agreement, the Organising Committee retained the right to sell to competitors and the public the photographs made by the Global and Australian Segments of the cooperative. Due to the 'processing problems involved in the magazine field and / or widely differing time intervals before the publication dates by magazines', the Magazine Segment was not required to supply photographs to the Organising Committee for sale purposes.

    The Australian and Global Segments of the Olympic Photo Association were to provide one copy of a 10 x 8 inch soft copy glossy print, properly captioned and identified, of all selected photographs made under the cooperative pool conditions for archival and other official Olympic Committee purposes, but not for resale. And they were also to supply a second copy for the purpose of sale to the public and competitors, which was to have the following caption printed in bold on the reverse:
    'Copyright throughout the world by the Organising Committee for the XVIth Olympiad. Not for resale or publication'. At the conclusion of the games, each magazine or group of magazines were to make up a similar set of 10x8 inch glossy prints for the Organising Committee to include in its archives and the official Olympic records.

    Restricted photographic positions were in the following areas:
    Melbourne Cricket Ground (Main Stadium - Arena) (10 photographers in total only at any one time)
    Olympic Swimming Stadium (10 photographers in total only at any one time)
    Olympic Park (Soccer and Hockey Grounds - Inside Fence)
    Olympic Park (Cycling)
    Glaciarium (Basketball & Gymnastics)
    St Kilda Town Hall (Fencing)
    Exhibition Building (Wrestling & Weightlifting)
    West Melbourne Stadium (Boxing)
    Richmond Baths (Water Polo)
    Port Phillip Bay (Yachting - Aboard Destroyer or Frigates)
    Ballarat (Finishing Positions for Rowing & Canoeing)
    Williamstown (Shooting)
    Modern Pentathlon (Restricted Positions)

    Consignment P1 contains low-resolution, digitised copies of photographs held in consignment P0 of this series. High-resolution copies are located in VPRS 15203 Photographic Negatives [1956 Melbourne Olympic Photograph Collection] [Digitised Series - Archival Quality Master].

  • Recordkeeping System
    Negatives were assigned an alpha-numeric number and arranged in chronological order according to the day of the Olympics that the photograph was taken.

    Captions for the negatives were written on slips of paper and used as a means to index the series (see VPRS 15163 Index to Photographic Negatives [1956 Melbourne Olympics Photograph Collection]). Research has shown that the captions recorded did not always match the image captured by the negative. Where this has occurred, the correct details have also been recorded in square brackets. Not all negatives were assigned a caption, which is reflected by the use of the phrase 'no slip'. Where possible, captions have been added and placed in square brackets in order to identify them as later additions.

    Units 1-3 of this series contained photographs, and have been reprocessed. They can now be located in VPRS 15162 Photographs [1956 Melbourne Olympics Photograph Collection].

    Unit 4 of this series has been reprocessed and is now located in VPRS 15163 Index to Photographic Negatives [1956 Melbourne Olympics Photograph Collection].

    High-resolution copies of records within this series are located in VPRS 15203 Photographic Negatives [1956 Melbourne Olympic Photograph Collection] [Digitised Series - Archival Quality Master].

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1956 - 1956 Index to Photographic Negatives [1956 Melbourne Olympics Photograph Collection] VPRS 15163
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1956 - 1956 Open 14
P0001 1956 - 1956 Open N/A
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