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About the Montana State University (MSU) Historical Photographs 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.

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These materials may be copied freely by individuals or libraries for personal use, research, teaching (including distribution to classes), or any "fair use" as defined by U.S. copyright laws. Please include this statement and author or photographer attribution with any copies you make. The materials may be linked to freely in non-commercial, non-subscription Internet editions created for an educational purpose.

Anyone interested in any other use of these materials, including for-profit Internet editions, should obtain permission from Digital Initiatives at Montana State University Library.