The James Willard Schultz Photographs and Personal Papers Collection

What is it?

Schultz with his son 1884James Willard Schultz (1859-1947) lived in and wrote about the northwestern portion of Montana which includes the Blackfoot Indian Reservation and Glacier National Park. In 1877, at age 18, Schultz traveled from his birthplace in Boonville, New York to Fort Benton, Montana Territory. Schultz lived for many years with the Blackfeet Indians as an accepted member of their nation, and operated several trading Posts in the Browning, Montana area. Schultz also had a guide-outfitter business in the Glacier National Park region. At age 21, Schultz started writing articles and short stories for Forest and Stream, and later authored 37 fiction and non-fiction books based upon his experiences living in Montana Territory.

The Montana State University Library's James Willard Schultz Photograph and Personal Papers Collection includes over five hundred digital photographs of: Blackfeet, Blood Indians, Kutenai, Shoshone and Arapaho Native Americans, Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Park, and historic views of Montana, Wyoming and Arizona. His personal papers include, but are not limited to: Letter and correspondence from publishers, fans, early Montana Territory friends and outfitting clients; personal journals, book drafts and editing notes, pronunciation keys for several northern-plains tribal languages, hand-drawn maps of Montana Territory, and early Newspaper Clippings.

The MSU Library James Willard Schultz Special Collections' Finding Aid has complete details on this collection's photographs and documents and their content and provenance. Additional James Willard Schultz Personal Papers can also be found in the University of Montana Library Archives. Montana State University (MSU) Library has also released a number of the items into the Wikimedia Commons in the "Schultz, James Willard (1859-1947) Photographs" category.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Item permalink or DOI], James Willard Schultz Photographs and Personal Papers 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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