Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Collection of Blackfeet Nation and Glacier National Park Photographs
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-002037


This collection consists of 77 silver print photographs by William C. Anderson, a photographer and photojournalist active during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection also includes 24 real photo and pictorial postcards, and one convention handbook with photo illustrations provided by Kiser Photo Company.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Description

This collection includes 77 silver print photos taken in 1915 of Glacier National Park, Browning, Montana, with 25 photographs signed in the negative by William C. Anderson. The bulk of the photographs were taken at the Montana Bankers' Association's Twelfth Annual Convention, which was held at Glacier National Park between September 3rd and 4th, 1915. These photographs include depictions of the Glacier Park Hotel, where the convention was held, as well as the hotel's staff and convention attendees. There are also several photographs of U.S. Congressman John J. Fitzgerald of New York with Three Bears, a Blackfoot chief. The remaining photographs are of Blackfoot tribal members in Glacier National Park, wearing traditional garments and participating in ceremonies. This collection includes 24 real photo postcards and pictorial postcards, with images of Glacier National Park as well as Blackfoot tribal members and white settlers. Lastly, this collection includes the handbook for the Montana Bankers' Association Twelfth Annual Convention, which contains photo illustrations of Glacier National Park by Kiser Photo Co., of Portland, Oregon, and includes information on the park's history and the convention program.

Content Warning

This collection contains several photographs which feature racist and colonialist imagery.


As no original order was discernible, materials were arranged by type/genre.

Collection Creator Biography:


Collection History


Purchased from James Arsenault and Company in 2022 (2024-005).


No materials were removed from the collection during 2023 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Megan Bardis in July 2023. Finding aid written by Megan Bardis in July 2023, incorporating some description from the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us! form.

Credit this material:

Collection of Blackfeet Nation and Glacier National Park Photographs; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-002037