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Photo Archive and Fine Arts Collections


MOR’s Photo Archive and Fine Arts collections preserve and interpret the cultural history of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming through research, exhibitions, public programming and online databases. 

The Photo Archive collection contains the complete archives of several local and regional photographers. Image formats and processes represented in the collection include daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, numerous 19th and 20th-century black and white print mediums and original negatives. Active collecting has resulted in the acquisition of photography collections of both national and regional significance. Some notable collection strengths include farming and ranching in Montana and our region, regional industries, people and events, Yellowstone National Park, and railroads of the northwestern United States. A growing selection of Photo Archive images is accessible to a worldwide audience through our Photo Archive online database

MOR’s Fine Arts collection represents works by several local and regional artists. The collection includes a series of twelve paintings by Montana artist Russell Chatham entitled “Seasons” featuring the landscape of the upper Yellowstone River valley through the months of the year and the McAuslan Collection, a collection of works by modernist artist Helen C. McAuslan from 1945 to 1970. 

For further information about the Photo Archive and Fine Arts collections at the Museum of the Rockies, please contact Steven B. Jackson, Curator of Art and Photography.