Collection  |  Photo, Print, Drawing Brady-Handy photograph collection Handy-Brady photograph collection / Brady-Handy collection

About this Item

Title
Brady-Handy photograph collection
Other Title
Handy-Brady photograph collection
Brady-Handy collection
Summary
The majority of the Brady-Handy negatives are Civil War and post-Civil War portraits, with a small collection of Washington views. Included are Presidents of the United States, their wives, members of Congress, military and naval officers, actors, artists, religious leaders, and other notables.
Contributor Names
Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896, photographer
Handy, Levin C. (Levin Corbin), 1855-1932, photographer
Created / Published
ca. 1855-1910, bulk 1860-1880.
Subject Headings
-  United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
-  Washington (D.C.)--1850-1910
-  Military officers--United States--1850-1870
Headings
Glass negatives--1850-1910.
Portrait photographs--1850-1910.
Wet plate negatives--1850-1870.
Genre
Portrait photographs--1850-1910
Glass negatives--1850-1910
Wet plate negatives--1850-1870
Notes
-  Arrangement: The negatives are organized in series according to size and subject. The call number prefix "LC-BH8" identifies items in the Brady-Handy Collection.
-  Of the 10,000 negatives received by the Library, approximately 4,000 are original wet collodion plates and 1,300 duplicate glass negatives from Mathew Brady's studios. Levin C. Handy and his associates are thought to have produced 1,300 of the original glass plates largely portraits and local views, including many photographs of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building.
-  Collection title devised by Library staff.
-  Do not confuse with the "Civil War Photographs Collection." E. and H.T. Anthony acquired Mathew Brady's Civil War negatives as payment for his debt to their photographic supply company. These negatives, distinguished by the prefix LC-B8, were purchased by the Library in 1943 and are known as the Civil War Photographs. They are available separately in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.
-  Washingtoniana : photographs : collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress / Kathleen Collins. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1989, pp. 24-31.
-  Special Collections in the Library of Congress / compiled by Annette Melville. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1980, no. 34
-  Guide to the Special Collections of Prints and Photographs in the Library of Congress / compiled by Paul Vanderbilt. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Reference Department, 1955. no. 80A
-  In 2002 the Library scanned the groups of negatives that consisted primarily of original glass plate negatives. The groups that consisted primarily of duplicate and copy negatives were not scanned. Digitized images in the collection and their associated identifying information are available through the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.brhc
-  Most prints made by the Library from the Brady-Handy negatives have been filed in the Biographical File.
-  Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954.
-  More information about the Brady-Handy Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.brhc.
-  In 1954 the Library of Congress purchased from Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans, the daughters of Levin C. Handy, approximately 10,000 original, duplicate, and copy negatives. The L.C. Handy Studio had been located at 494 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC. Levin C. Handy (1855?-1932) was apprenticed at the age of twelve to his uncle, famed Civil War photographer Mathew B. Brady (1823?-1896). Handy became an independent photographer and over the years owned studios in partnership with Samuel Chester and with Chester and Brady. Handy also established the first photoduplications service at the Library of Congress. The Maryland Avenue studio was the most permanent and was the place where Levin Handy resided at his death in 1932. In the 1890s Brady himself had worked and lived at the Maryland Avenue address.
-  A set of catalog records describing almost 5,000 items is available through the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. See http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gdc/lcoa1.about
-  Published in: Milhollen, Hirst D. "The Brady-Handy Collection," Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress 13 (May 1956): 135-142; reprinted in A Century of Photographs, 1846-1946, Selected from the Collections of the Library of Congress (Washington: Library of Congress, 1980), compiled by Renata V. Shaw.
Medium
ca. 10,000 photographs : glass negatives ; 8 x 10 inches and smaller.
Call Number/Physical Location
Guide Record [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Library of Congress Control Number
2009632502
OCLC Number
15806521
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Language
English
Description
The majority of the Brady-Handy negatives are Civil War and post-Civil War portraits, with a small collection of Washington views. Included are Presidents of the United States, their wives, members of Congress, military and naval officers, actors, artists, religious leaders, and other notables.
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/2009632502
Additional Metadata Formats
MARCXML Record
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

Rights & Access

The Library of Congress generally does not own rights to material in its collections and, therefore, cannot grant or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute the material. For information about assessing rights, see the Rights and Restrictions Information page.

  • Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
  • Reproduction Number: ---
  • Call Number: Guide Record [P&P]
  • Access Advisory: ---

Obtaining Copies

If an image is displaying, you can download it yourself. (Some images display only as thumbnails outside the Library of Congress because of rights considerations, but you have access to larger size images on site.)

Alternatively, you can purchase copies of various types through Library of Congress Duplication Services.

  1. If a digital image is displaying: The qualities of the digital image partially depend on whether it was made from the original or an intermediate such as a copy negative or transparency. If the Reproduction Number field above includes a reproduction number that starts with LC-DIG..., then there is a digital image that was made directly from the original and is of sufficient resolution for most publication purposes.
  2. If there is information listed in the Reproduction Number field above: You can use the reproduction number to purchase a copy from Duplication Services. It will be made from the source listed in the parentheses after the number.

    If only black-and-white ("b&w") sources are listed and you desire a copy showing color or tint (assuming the original has any), you can generally purchase a quality copy of the original in color by citing the Call Number listed above and including the catalog record ("About This Item") with your request.

  3. If there is no information listed in the Reproduction Number field above: You can generally purchase a quality copy through Duplication Services. Cite the Call Number listed above and include the catalog record ("About This Item") with your request.

Price lists, contact information, and order forms are available on the Duplication Services Web site.

Access to Originals

Please use the following steps to determine whether you need to fill out a call slip in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room to view the original item(s). In some cases, a surrogate (substitute image) is available, often in the form of a digital image, a copy print, or microfilm.

  1. Is the item digitized? (A thumbnail (small) image will be visible on the left.)

    • Yes, the item is digitized. Please use the digital image in preference to requesting the original. All images can be viewed at a large size when you are in any reading room at the Library of Congress. In some cases, only thumbnail (small) images are available when you are outside the Library of Congress because the item is rights restricted or has not been evaluated for rights restrictions.
      As a preservation measure, we generally do not serve an original item when a digital image is available. If you have a compelling reason to see the original, consult with a reference librarian. (Sometimes, the original is simply too fragile to serve. For example, glass and film photographic negatives are particularly subject to damage. They are also easier to see online where they are presented as positive images.)
    • No, the item is not digitized. Please go to #2.
  2. Do the Access Advisory or Call Number fields above indicate that a non-digital surrogate exists, such as microfilm or copy prints?

    • Yes, another surrogate exists. Reference staff can direct you to this surrogate.
    • No, another surrogate does not exist. Please go to #3.
  3. If you do not see a thumbnail image or a reference to another surrogate, please fill out a call slip in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room. In many cases, the originals can be served in a few minutes. Other materials require appointments for later the same day or in the future. Reference staff can advise you in both how to fill out a call slip and when the item can be served.

To contact Reference staff in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room, please use our Ask A Librarian service or call the reading room between 8:30 and 5:00 at 202-707-6394, and Press 3.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Brady, Mathew B., Approximately, and Levin C Handy, photographer. Brady-Handy photograph collection. United States Washington D.C, ca. 1855. to 1910, Bulk 1860 to 1880. Photograph. https://lccn.loc.gov/2009632502.

APA citation style:

Brady, M. B. & Handy, L. C., photographer. (ca. 1855) Brady-Handy photograph collection. United States Washington D.C, ca. 1855. to 1910, Bulk 1860 to 1880. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://lccn.loc.gov/2009632502.

MLA citation style:

Brady, Mathew B., Approximately, and Levin C Handy, photographer. Brady-Handy photograph collection. to 1910, Bulk 1860 to 1880. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <lccn.loc.gov/2009632502>.

More Collections like this