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The Resource Huntington Bagley collection

Huntington Bagley collection

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Huntington Bagley collection
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Huntington Bagley collection
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eng
Summary
  • Mostly portraits taken in central Utah during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • Elfie Huntington, the deaf photographer with a sense of humor, and Joseph Daniel Bagley, fellow photographer and business partner, bee-keeper and sometime town wit, received their photographic training from Springville, Utah photographer, George Edward Anderson (view collection). In 1892 Elfie was apprenticed to Anderson where she did photographic retouching and possibly studio work. On 10 September 1900, Joseph Daniel Bagley began working for "Bishop Ed. Anderson at the photography for $12 per month." In 1903 they left Anderson, much to his dismay, and formed their own studio called appropriately, Huntington & Bagley
  • This first studio was across the street from Anderson's. When Anderson left for his mission to England on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1907, Elfie and Joe expanded their business and established a new studio near the Harrison Hotel, 101 South Main Street, in Springville. This was to be their last business home. For more than 33 years, they took thousands of photographs, primarily portraits, of which the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Photographic Archives owns 14,263 negatives and 882 original studio proofs. They followed in the footsteps of their early teacher, George Edward Anderson, and traveled throughout central and southern Utah setting up galleries and documenting the lives of hundreds of Utah residents in early twentieth century small town Utah
  • These tent studios were set up throughout the small towns of central and southern Utah. Their collection, therefore, includes family portraits from towns as diverse as southern Utah communities such as Hinckley, Hurricane, and St. George, to eastern Utah communities such as Chester, Spring City, Ephraim, and Manti. Work in Utah County, of course is represented well, from Springville, Provo, Thistle, and Spanish Fork, among other places. Unfortunately only about 4,500 photographs include the name of the individual who contracted for the photograph, and even fewer contain the geographic place where the photograph was taken
  • Their collection, known as the Huntington & Bagley Studio Photograph Collection, 1903-1939, is, therefore, primarily a studio portrait collection. It does include the occasional documentary portrait photographed near the barns, the homes and in the streets of their subjects, as well as a sprinkling of photographic character studies exuding humor and humanity
  • A common dilemma of 19th and early 20th Century photography studios is to determine who actually took the photographs. Because of this, the photographs in this collection are generally attributed to both photographers. However, there are 244, 4x 5 inch plates that are identified by Rell G. Francis, photographer and George Edward Anderson's biographer, as having been taken from "Elfie's albums." Although it is known that while working for Anderson she began taking photographs in 1894 with her own 4 x 5 inch camera, perhaps all of the 2289, 4 x 5 inch gelatin dry plate negatives in this collection could be attributed to Elfie
  • In November 1974, the collection came to Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University as a gift from Lynn Wakefield, an employee of Brigham Young University. Previously, the collection was stored for many years in the Huntington & Bagley studio on 101 South Main Street, Springville, Utah. When Elfie Huntington sold the studio to Ralph Snelson, probably in 1939, the plates were included in that sale. Snelson subsequently gave the plates to Lynn Wakefield, and according to Nelson Wadsworth, the plates were stored in various places, including a chicken coop in Provo. 3 In November 1974, Lynn Wakefield gave the plates, over 14,000, plus over 800 original studio proofs to Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University
Biographical or historical data
  • Photographers in Springville, Utah.
  • Elfie Caroline Huntington was born on 27 December 1868 to William Clark Huntington and Emma Elizabeth Boyer in Springville, Utah. In 1872, at the age of four, Elfie lost her hearing due to scarlet fever. After her mother's death in 1874, she lived for a short while with her grandmother, but eventually came to live with her aunt and uncle, Lydia Boyer and Don C. Johnson of Springville. It was her uncle, owner of the Springville Independent newspaper, who helped her develop lip reading skill and encouraged her artistic interests. In 1892 she was apprenticed to photographer George Edward Anderson where she did photographic retouching and possibly studio work. While working for Anderson, she apparently purchased a small view camera where she continued to develop her photographic skills, and it is believed by some that many or most of the 4 x 5 negatives are Elfie's work. In 1903 she and another Anderson photographic assistant, Joseph Daniel Bagley, left Anderson and formed their own studio called Huntington & Bagley. At the age of 68, in April 1936 she married her long-time business partner and friend, Joseph Bagley. After the settling of Joseph Bagley2s estate, probably sometime in 1939, she sold their photographic studio to Ralph Snelson. She was to live another sixteen years. On 24 July 1949 Elfie, at the age of 80, died after a stroke and long illness.
  • Joseph Daniel Bagley was born Joseph Daniel Flannigan on 17 December 1874 to Thomas Emmett Flannigan and Margaret Melissa Bagley in Toquerville, Utah. For some reason Joseph at a very early age came to live with his maternal grandparents Daniel Bagley and Mary Bell Wood; he may have been adopted, as he took the name Bagley. He learned the profession of bee keeping from his grandfather, Daniel Bagley, and for many years operated one of the largest apiaries in central Utah, known as the Western Bee and Honey Company.1 On 10 September 1900, Joe began working for "Bishop Ed. Anderson at the photography for $12 per month." On 19 June 1907 he married Emma Spafford and after an eight year wait they were blessed with their baby, Josephine, who tragically died at the age of four. Three more children were to come to the family, Jane, Daniel Spafford, and Shirley. Emma unfortunately died in 1926, and Joe struggled to keep his family together. He continued to operate his apiary and trained his son, Daniel in this business. The girls were sometimes farmed out to aunts and Daniel would stay at the photography studio with his father. Joe and Elfie's brief marriage and the marriage ended with Joe's death just six weeks later, 16 June 1936.
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UPB
Label
Huntington Bagley collection
Link
http://www.lib.byu.edu/HuntBag/
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Title from title display (viewed on September 2, 2009)
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text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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4434
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn506485501
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  • Mode of access: Internet
  • System requirements: Internet connectivity. World Wide Web browser. Adobe Acrobat reader
Type of unit
images.
Label
Huntington Bagley collection
Link
http://www.lib.byu.edu/HuntBag/
Publication
Note
Title from title display (viewed on September 2, 2009)
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
4434
Governing access note
The information available on this site, including any text, data, artwork, video, audio, images or graphics (collectively, the "Material") may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. We encourage use of this Material for non-profit and educational purposes, such as personal research, teaching and private study. For these limited purposes, Material from this web site may be displayed and printed, and all copies must include proper attribution of the source on all copies: Courtesy, L.Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602. Except as provided above, or any use beyond what is allowed by fair use (Title 17, section 107 U.S.C.), you may not reproduce, republish, post, transmit or distribute any Material from this web site in any physical or digital form without the permission of the copyright owner of the Material. For further information regarding the use of Materials contained on this site, please contact the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, by telephone (801) 422-3175 or e-mail scref@byu.edu
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn506485501
System details
  • Mode of access: Internet
  • System requirements: Internet connectivity. World Wide Web browser. Adobe Acrobat reader
Type of unit
images.

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