Photograph Collections

The Research Center collects photographic materials in a variety of formats. Approximately 500,000 images document the diverse history of Montana and the lives and accomplishments of its people. They include the work of amateurs and professionals who have captured the faces of the state's inhabitants, immortalized its landscape, and recorded its agricultural, industrial and technological developments. Several state agency photograph collections are also housed here.

How to search for photographs only

  1. Click the Search the catalog button at right.
  2. In the online catalog, complete your search.
  3. At far left, under Material Type, select Photograph, then click Include.
    Note: If you don't see the Photograph option, click Expand All.

Photograph collections arranged by subject

Agriculture Collection

Shows rural life in Montana, 1880-1960. It includes views of livestock, crops, farm and ranch buildings, and irrigation projects.

North American Indian Collection

Documents Native American life after white settlement began in Montana. It contains portraits of tribal leaders, views of ceremonies, dances, dwellings and reservation life.

Mining Collection

Traces the history of placer and underground mining in Montana, 1860s-1960s. It documents mines, smelters, and mining equipment.

Photograph collections arranged by photographer

Christian Barthelmess Collection

Gives a glimpse of military life on the frontier, 1888 to 1906. It includes portraits of Native Americans and buildings at Fort Keogh.

Evelyn Jephson Cameron Collection

Reflects her interest in birds and other Montana wildlife and contains views of homesteading and ranching activities and scenery, 1895-1920.

Haynes Foundation Collection

24,000 images includes photographs taken by F. Jay Haynes (1853-1921) and his son, Jack Ellis Haynes (1884-1962) of the construction and operation of the Northern Pacific Railroad and the historical events and scenic beauty of Yellowstone National Park.

Laton Alton Huffman Collection

Records cowboys and ranch life in eastern Montana, Crow and Cheyenne Indians, the slaughter of buffalo, and the Custer Trail Expedition in 1916.

Warren McGee Collection

40,000 photographs, negatives and slides captures images of railroad locomotives from every significant railroad line that operated in Montana, 1930s-1990s.

State agency photograph collections

Montana Travel Promotion Unit Collection

Montana Aeronautics Commission Collection

Montana Department of Transportation Collection

Find out more about our photograph collections

For general information about our photograph holdings, contact us at 406-444-4739 or For information on permissions, contact Lory Morrow at  406-444-4714 or

Bear Chief, a Fine Blackfeet Type. N. A. Forsyth. Date Unknown. ST 001.297


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