|ACTIVE DATES:||1881 - present|
|PERSONS INVOLVED:||John W. Kuipers.|
On January 1, 1881, Eastman and Strong formed a partnership called the Eastman Dry Plate Company. In 1883, Eastman startled the trade with the announcement of film in rolls, with the roll holder adaptable to nearly every plate camera on the market. With the KODAK camera in 1888, he put down the foundation for making photography available to everyone. 1886 - George Eastman became one of the first American industrialists to employ a full-time research scientist to aid in the commercialization of a flexible, transparent film base. 1889 - The first commercial transparent roll film, perfected by Eastman and his research chemist, was put on the market. The availability of this flexible film made possible the development of Thomas Edison's motion picture camera in 1891. A new corporation - The Eastman Company - was formed, taking over the assets of the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company. 1892 - The company became Eastman Kodak Company of New York. 1895 - The Pocket KODAK Camera was announced. 1901 - Eastman Kodak Company of New Jersey, the present parent company, was formed.
1902 - The KODAK Developing Machine simplified the processing of roll film and made it possible to develop film without a darkroom. 1912 - DR. C.E. Kenneth Mees, a British scientist, was hired by George Eastman to organize and head a research laboratory in Rochester, one of the first industrial research centers in the U.S. 1917 - Kodak developed aerial cameras and trained aerial photographers for the U.S. Signal Corps during World War I. Eastman also offered the U.S. Navy supplies of cellulose acetate for coating airplane wings and producing unbreakable lenses for gas masks. 1941 - Kodak marketed the versatile KODAK EKTRA Camera, which had a shutter-speed range from 1/1000 to 1 second. Airgraph, or "V-Mail," was developed by Kodak as a system for microfilming letters to conserve shipping space during World War II. Frank Lovejoy was elected chairman of the board and Thomas J. Hargrave, previously head of the company's legal department became president. 1942 - KODACOLOR Film for prints, the world's first true color negative film, was announced. Kodak's Rochester plants were awarded the Army-Navy "E" for high achievement in the production of equipment and films for the war effort. (All of the above information was taken from the Eastman Kodak homepage http://www.kodak.com/ and then did a search for "history)
|343 State Street, Rochester, NY 14650, (Darlene Aiken, Historical Information Specialist (1980)).|
|PAPERS DATES:||1876-present; archives established 1949.|
|INCLUDES:||Photographs, slides, motion picture film, annual reports, press clippings, training brochures, pamphlets, memorabilia, correspondence, news releases, financial records, advertising material, and biographical files.|
|SOURCE:||"Directory of Business Archives in the US and Canada." SAA, 1980, p. 23.|