S.W. Kenyon worked initially as a private photographer in Wellington, later moving on to take photographs of industrial installations for national companies, and NAAFI installations during the Second World War. The collection comprises a single card index to each of his clients, a set of four registers detailing the photographic negatives and who and what it was used for, approximately 5,000 glass negatives; and approximately 55,000 electronic copies of the original acetate negatives.
The acetate negatives were suffering from vinegar syndrome which means they were degrading and could not be stored at the Heritage Centre. They have now been digitised in order to save the images. The glass plates have been repackaged by a volunteer team, and will also be digitised in due course. This catalogue is a direct transcription from the original registers.
For ease of organisation, the register entries have been separated into smaller series, either by an alphabetical prefix applied by Kenyon, or into manageable sections by the cataloguers. The images can be viewed on the searchroom PCs at the Somerset Heritage Centre, arranged under their original negative numbers.
See Wellington Weekly News 29th November 1941 for announcement of Mr Kenyon's NAAFI contract.