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Sam Psoras photographs

circa 1950-2000, 1 linear feet

04

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Fireman's Hall Museum. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Fireman's Hall Museum
Creator:
Psoras, Sam
Title:
Sam Psoras photographs
Date:
circa 1950-2000
Call Number:
04
Extent:
3 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Samuel S. Psoras (born 1926) was a photojournalist at Philadelphia Daily News for over 50 years. This collection consists of photograph negatives and prints taken by Psoras of Philadelphia fires. Some are identified with location.
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Biography/History

Samuel S. Psoras was a photojournalist at Philadelphia Daily News for over 50 years. He was born in Philadelphia in 1926 to Greek restauranteus John and Aphrodita Psoras, and served in the army during World War II. Afterwards, he worked as a "gopher" for the  Evening Bulletin and briefly held positions at the  International News and  Saturday Evening Post. Then he was hired at the  Philadelphia Daily News, where he remained for fifty years, attaining the post of Photo Manager. Psoras photographed many important individuals, including Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr., The Beatles, Joe DiMaggio, Malcolm X, Frank Sinatra, Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, and numerous Presidents and politicians.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photograph negatives and prints taken by Psoras of Philadelphia fires. Some are identified with location. A video history done by Terry Ruggles and Sam Psoras complements this collection.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Fireman's Hall Museum

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Fireman's Hall Museum for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Sam Psoras.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of a pilot project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Fireman's Hall Museum directly for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.). Fire Dept.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Psoras, Sam
Subject(s)
  • Engine companies
  • Fire departments
  • Fire extinction
  • Fire stations
  • Ladder companies
  • Photojournalism

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