UCR/California Museum of photography has one of the finest collections of Eastman Kodak's Brownie cameras and apparatus in the country. Also, there is a comprehensive collection of Instruction Manuals and a significant number of Brownie advertisements.
The database presented at this time is for U.S. Box Brownies made by Eastman Kodak Company at Rochester, New York. It is as complete a listing of all the Models and Major Variations as Eastman Kodak and several of the best-known experts can verify at this time. It is interesting that an unknown Model or Variation will show up periodically in the strangest places. The Database will be revised and corrected as new verifiable information is received.
Later databases for the Foreign made Box Brownies, the U.S. Folding Brownies and the 8mm Movie Brownies will follow.
Camera Collections at UCR/CMP
Bingham Technology Collection includes 9,000 cameras, apparatus, and viewing devices. Significantly, it contains four encyclopedic subsets: the Kibbey Zeiss-Ikon Collection; Curtis-Polaroid Collection; Wodinsky Ihagee-Exacta Collection; and the most recent acquisition, Norwood Teague Kodak Brownie Collection. Among many of the notable objects are the Nineteenth Century gems, such as the Lewis daguerrean camera, a Simon Wing multi-lens wet-plate camera, and two original Kodak cameras from 1888. Contemporaneous camera highlights include a variety of street cameras, early Leicas, the f2 Ermanox, prototypes for the Stereo Realist, examples of groundbreaking "one-shot" three color cameras, and of course, the original version of Adobe Photoshop.
This Bingham Technology Collection is located in the climate-controlled basement of the museum. It is safely housed within rolling McMurray-Stern high-density storage carriages. To gain access, one must arrange with collection staff for an appointment to visit the basement.
With future funding, all 9,000 items will have the same on-line presence as the Norwood Teague Kodak Brownie Collection. The virtual on-line catalog is most appealing. Camera enthusiasts from around the world would be a simple "mouse-click" away from Riverside, California. Nothing, however, can replace the real object. Please arrange a visit to the collection by contacting Steve Thomas (email@example.com) or other staff at UCR/CMP.