All of the glass plate negatives are dirty, some of them were fused together due to dampness. Sand and dirt contained in some boxes. All negs were re-housed. Where deterioration of the image included the faces of individuals, negatives were destroyed. If the face of the individual was intact, the plate was retained. Several plates are chipped, cracked and in a very few cases broken in half.
Scope and Content
This Series contains the glass plate negatives of A.L. Handford. As there are both small and large sized glass negatives and some of the box numbers were repeated, the glass negatives in this series were divided into two sub-series.
The box number corresponds to the original box the negatives were in and are now used as index dividers. Not all boxes are present, some being destroyed over the years. Most negatives have the box number and identification of the client written on the edge. In some cases, the name of the client appears rather than the subject. For example, Rev. Cassidy appears on the negative, but the image is that of a baby. It would appear that Rev. Cassidy paid for the studio session so it was therefore his name which was listed in the index.
The smaller negatives are housed in the wooden drawers of a library card index cabinet while the larger plates are contained in boxes. Names have been input as seen on the negative with none of the many spelling errors corrected. It is important that researchers search the database using all variations of names.
Please see the Sub-Series for the list of names by box number.