The Montana State University Historical Photos Collection

What is it?

Montana Hall 1912 The Montana State University Archives holds over 34,000 volumes and 1,200 linear feet of archive manuscript materials. In addition to the manuscript materials, there are also archived: microforms, sound recordings, film and video recordings, unique maps and historical photographs. Over 4,000 of these historical photographs are of Montana State University from 1893 through the 1960s. These unique MSU historical photos include: early 20th century campus student activities and clubs, campus grounds and buildings, historical events, and prominent alumnus, faculty and administrators.

In 2012, the Montana State University Archives and the Montana State University Library Digital Initiatives launched the Montana State University (MSU) Historical Photographs Database Project. Phase 1 of the project included selecting historical photographs and scanning and tagging them for browser delivery through a searchable database.

Phase 1 also included the development of the MSU Historic Photos Tour beta application. The App is designed to deliver selected digital historic photos associated with a map of MSU campus buildings for delivery in hand-held devices to users walking around the campus.

The MSU Historical Photographs Database Project is an on-going, long-term project focused on providing Montana State University historical photographs online and in easily accessible downloadable jpg format.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Item permalink or DOI], Montana State University Historical Photos Collection, Montana State University (MSU) Library, Bozeman, MT

Copyright Notice

Whenever possible, the Montana State University Library provides information about copyright in our digital collections records. We often do not own the rights in materials, and as such do not grant permissions for their use. Permissions and fees may be required from the individual copyright holder for uses beyond what is allowed based on U.S. Copyright Law (

Please attempt to determine if an item is protected by copyright and follow any copyright or use restrictions when applicable. Written permission from the copyright holder is required for reproduction of protected items beyond what is allowed by fair use or other exemptions. These materials may be used for personal use, research, teaching (including distribution to classes), or any "fair use" as defined by U.S. copyright laws.

For more information please contact Archives and Special Collections at the Montana State University Library or Leila Sterman, Scholarly Communication Librarian.


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