Fonds A2010-048 - Leon Handler fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Leon Handler fonds

General material designation

  • Graphic material

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description

Fonds

Reference code

CA UMASC A2010-048

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area

Date(s)

  • 1961-1992 (Creation)
    Creator
    Handler, Leon

Physical description area

Physical description

2.5 m of graphic material: ca. 4,432 photographs, B&W; 21 x26 cm

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

(1922-2005)

Biographical history

Leon Handler was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 6 September 1922. He began as an electronics technician, and had no great interest in photography at the time. He met Antoinette “Toni” Handler in France whom he married and brought back to the United States in 1947, after his tour of duty in the American Armed Forces. They moved to Montreal, Quebec in 1952, where Leon got a job as a television technician for RCA Victor. Starting as a hobby in 1961 he began taking photographs. He soon developed a passion for amateur photography, developing his photographs in a temporary darkroom set up in his house. He neither published his works nor entered them in competitions. All of his photographs remained at his home. He used Nikon and Linhoff brand cameras for his work. He was a careful and methodical photographer, annotating his photographs with the environmental conditions of the shoot, type of camera used, and settings. He took many of his photographs in Montreal and often took photographs while visiting a friend in New Jersey. Other places featured in his photographs include Quebec City and France. His wife often accompanied him on his longer photography trips. His preferred subjects were old buildings or nature images, the latter taken in parks or zoos, although he did take occasional portraits and other subjects pertaining to everyday life in and out of doors. After retiring as a television technician in 1987, he and his wife moved to Winnipeg in June of 1996. Leon Handler died on 22 October 2005.

Custodial history

Donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Antoinette "Toni" Handler in 2010.

Scope and content

The majority of the photographs pertain to architecture, with smaller numbers of portraits of friends and his wife, Toni, and dog, Coco; animals in zoos; events such as hockey games and the circus; as well as a series related to Expo 67 in Montreal.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Arrangement

These photos have been kept in their original chronological order, so do not fall into ordered series.

Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

There are no restrictions on access.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

There are no restrictions on use.

Finding aids

A finding aid can be downloaded from the fonds-level description by clicking on the “Download’ link under “Finding Aid” on the right hand side of the screen.

Associated materials

Related materials

Accruals

Alternative identifier(s)

PC

278

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions

Status

Draft

Level of detail

Full

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created by Merridy Peters, February 5 2013. Revised by N.Courrier (October 2018).

Language of description

Script of description

Sources

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres