The idea of organizing a Congress of Photography originated with Frank R. Barrows, president of the P. A. of A., its object being to foster the organization of state and local associations of the profession, and to have such societies affiliate with the national association. With such affiliation Mr. Barrows and his supporters are confident that the Congress will be of lasting benefit to the profession.

We understand that the Congress is to meet and consider all problems concerning the welfare of the profession, and to submit the result of their deliberations to the National organization in convention assembled for adoption or rejection.

The delegates to this first Congress were summoned on the personal invitation of President Barrows, as the Congress at such time was not actually in existence.

The names of the delegates are as follows:

Pennsylvania

Ryland W. Phillips, Philadelphia; Frank Horn-baker, Scranton; E. E. Seavy, New Castle.

Ohio

C. L. Lewis, Toledo; W. L. Smith, St. Mary's; J. L. Walker, Bowling Green.

New York

B. Frank Puffer, New York; B. Boyce, Trov; Harry A. Bliss, Buffalo.

Illinois

E. C. Pratt, Aurora; H. B. Medlar, Woodstock; Victor Georg, Springfield.

Michigan

E. E. Doty, Belding; E. S. Tray, Jackson; J. F. Rent-schler, Ann Arbor.

Iowa

H. E. Voiland, Sioux City; H. O. Baldwin, Fort Dodge; C'has. Townsend, Des Moines; F. A. Tree, Davenport.

Canada

Frank Jackson, Barrie, Ont.; Fred L. Roy, Peterboro, Ont.; Charles L. Rosevear, Toronto, Ont.

Nebraska

J. Leschinsky, Grand Island; A. C. Townsend, Lincoln; R. C. Nelson, Hastings.

Missouri

Fred Hammer, St. Louis; L. J. Studcbakcr, Kansas City; F. W. Crow, Marysville; Miss Belle Johnson, Monroe City; Alfred Larsen, Mexico.

New England

A. W. Webster, Boston, Mass.; W. F. Oliver, Bald-winsville, Mass.; W. H. Partridge, Boston, Mass.; J. H. Garo, Boston, Mass.

Indiana

George J. Parrot, Fort Wayne; Benjamin Larrimer, Marion; Felix Schanz, Fort Wayne.

Wisconsin

Ebenezer H. Har-wood, Appleton; W. A. Ross, J. M. Bandtel, Milwaukee; W. A. Pryor, La Crosse.

Virginia And The Carolinas

Manly W. Tyree, Raleigh, N. C, and associates.

Kansas

Max Wolf, Manhattan; H. W. Rudolph, J. J. Peunell.

Northwestern Association

Louis Dworshak, Duluth, Minn., and associates.

The past presidents of the Pho-graphers' Association of America.

President Barrows as Temporary Chairman called the meeting to order in Chamber of Commerce Hall at 3 p. m.. July 19, I909, and on motion he was made Permanent Chairman, and George W. Harris Secretary of the Congress. On opening the session Mr. Barrows addressed the delegates as follows:

In calling this meeting to order I feel that it is one of the most important moves in photography that has been proposed for some years. We are here for the purpose of seeing if it is not possible to formulate a plan of action whereby the American photographers can assemble and transact business, which shall cover the United States, and work out an united plan that Mill eventually prove of great value to us as members. This plan has received considerable consideration from unhands. I have corresponded at length with various members of the association in all parts of the country, and to all the men, without exception, the plan seems to meet with favor. It is understood, when we come together to discuss ideas, you all have ideas of your own, and possibly some hobbies to ride. It would be my wish, as you deliberate on the matters that may come before you, that if possible you eliminate all red tape, in order that we may get accurately and positively to the gist of the matter and formulate a plan that shall be devoid of all technicalities. What I wish to do at this meeting is merely to perfect an organization, and pass it up to our parent body to see if it is acceptable to them. I wish you to understand that I have called you together for this meeting, not as one with authority; you are invited guests of mine, the same as though I were inviting you into my own home. We are here to discuss a plan and to take action. If this meeting had been called of the authority or were considered in the light of legislative power, it would fall at once, but we have avoided all that in calling you together in this social manner, that whatever action we shall take will be binding on no one; we will just express our ideas and carry them up to the National Association, that our association then as a body may act with authority. It is not understood in calling you together that we are to mar or disturb the present relation that now exists in any of the state societies. It is a known fact that our national government controls our states; all states have their own laws but they are governed above by the National. The states have to respect supreme court laws. So it is with this organization. If we shall formulate any plans, the plan shall be subject to the National body, and in nowise conflict with that of present state organizations. If then the state organizations desire to join us in the movement, then it is for them, as a delegate body, through the National to officially make the laws and plans that shall govern the association. It is with pleasure that I note the number of you who are already here this afternoon out of the number that have been called together. It is known that two delegations are on their way here in addition to the number of delegates that are here now as representatives to this body, and so in our preliminary action to-day I feel that we can go no further than to simply call our meeting together, elect a permanent chairman, call our roll, and get our members solidified; appoint a committee on constitution and by-laws and report tomorrow, and that is about as far as we can go to-day. Then to-morrow we shall have material to work upon, when we shall discuss this matter and bring it before the P. A. of A. If any of you have remarks to make on this subject, we will be very glad to listen to you, then we will immediately proceed to election of a permanent chairman of this organization.