ASPP West: Los Angeles – L.A. Natural History Museum Photo Collections Tour

Two hour tour of the current exhibitions

LA Natural history museum_ledeThe Natural History Museum of Los Angeles has granted the American Society of Picture Professionals West Chapter members access to their photo collections and archives.  Saturday, January 9, 2016, we will be given a 2 hour photo tour of their current exhibitions, and behind the scenes access into their collections department.

The goal of the Seaver Center for Western History Research is to collect, preserve, and make available to the general public research materials documenting the history of the Trans-Mississippi West, with a special emphasis on Southern California and Los Angeles history. Materials in this department include manuscripts, books, serials, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, posters, prints, and photographs are all a part of this collection.


Eventbrite - ASPP West Chapter Tour of the L.A. Natural History Museum Photo Collections



The Seaver Center is located on the Ground Floor of the Natural History Museum.  Here is the web link to the Seaver Center:  Go to ‘View the Collections’ and then select ‘View the Guide of the Photograph Collections’ you’ll see a description of each photo collection.  The NHM staff plan on giving the group a general tour of the photo collections but would like to know what collections that particularly interests us.  This is your chance to make a request to the ASPP West Chapter board of the collections you would like to be shown and hope you would email your choices to if you plan on attending this event.

There are approximately 275 photograph collections. The photographic holdings comprise more than 300,000 images recorded on different photographic media, such as daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, glass and cellulose negatives, and a variety of paper prints.


After the Tour

Afterwards, we will go down the street to The Lab Gastropub, 3500 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles to raise a pint to Michael Masterson who was presented the 2015 Jane Kinne Picture Professional of the Year award.  Michael was the National President of the American Society of Picture Professionals from 2010-2013 and West Chapter President from 2007-2009.


Remember, ASPP members get in free but you still need to register!  

Become a Member and Save: Learn about the many benefits of being an ASPP member at

The West Coast Chapter of the ASPP serves the Western part of the US from bases in Los Angeles and Seattle. We are always looking for new members and welcome fresh ideas and requests for programs and events. Email us!

Please share this event on your Facebook and Twitter accounts!

We hope you can make it!

ASPP West Chapter:
Chris DiNenna, Co-President Los Angeles
Lauranne Ray, Vice President Los Angeles
Tom Wear, Co-President Seattle