About the Thomas Brown Brook Photographs Collection
What is it?
Thomas Brown Brook (1890-1966) was the son of John Brook, a gold miner who came to Montana in 1863. In 1870, John Brook established a ranch on the Beaverhead River eight miles south of Twin Bridges Montana and Thomas Brook grew up on the ranch and attended local schools. Thomas Brook graduated from the Gallatin County High School in Bozeman, and in 1913 earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Montana State College. After serving in France during World War I, Brook returned to Twin Bridges and worked as an electrician.
Brook began taking photographs of various locations in and around Twin Bridges as a hobby. Eventually, he engaged in copying historical photographs brought to him by local area individuals. Before his death in 1966, Brook had compiled a substantial collection of both original and copied photographs.
The Montana State University Library Thomas Brook Photograph Collection includes photos of: nature landscapes and town views of southwest Montana, Twin Bridges, Madison and Beaverhead counties, and cover topics on natural history, ranch and farming operations, bridges and bridge construction, mining and timber outfits, early settlers and historical visitors.
The MSU Library Thomas B. Brook Special Collections Finding Aid has complete details on the photographs, content, and provenance related to this digital archives collection.
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