Thomas B. Brook Photographs, 1870-1960  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Brook, Thomas B. (Thomas Brown), 1890-1966
Title
Thomas B. Brook Photographs
Dates
1870-1960
Quantity
2 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 771, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Thomas B. Brook Photographs consist of nature landscapes and town views of southwest Montana and particularly in the Twin Bridges area of Madison and Beaverhead Counties. Subjects include natural history, ranch and farming operations, bridges and bridge construction, schools and school groups, and early settlers of the Twin Bridges area.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Thomas Brown Brook (1890-1966) was the son of a Nevada City gold miner who came to Montana in 1863. John Brook established a ranch on the Beaverhead River eight miles south of Twin Bridges, Montana in 1870. Thomas grew up on the ranch and attended local schools. He eventually graduated from the Gallatin County High School in Bozeman and earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Montana State College in 1913. After working on a ranch and serving in France during World War I, Thomas Brook returned to Twin Bridges where he worked as an electrician. As a hobby, Brook began taking photographs of various locations in and around Twin Bridges, and eventually engaged in copying historical photographs brought to him by various individuals. Before his death in 1966, Brook had completed a substantial collection of both original and copied photographs.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The photographs of Thomas Brook consist of nature landscapes and town views of southwest Montana and particularly in the Twin Bridges area of Madison and Beaverhead Counties. Subjects include natural history, ranch and farming operations, bridges and bridge construction, schools and school groups, and early settlers of the Twin Bridges area. Brook organized the images by assigning sequential numbers for the first 388 photographs, but he often would group several negatives within a given number if they were similar exposures. Many of these early control numbers now bear alphabetic extensions to distinguish the separate images. Starting with image number 389, new control numbers were assigned by the processing archivist, observing a rough subject arrangement of the photographs as they were filed by the MSU library staff in 1966. Again some overlap was found amidst the negatives accompanying the prints, necessitating the assignment of alphabetic extensions for image numbers 409 and 410. Overall there are 1,057 individual images, represented by numbers 1-839. Not all prints are available, especially in the first 388, and most negatives for images numbered greater than 388 are missing. An important exception are the glass plate negatives (numbers 773-785) documenting the 1896 flood at Twin Bridges. The photographer of these images is unknown, and Brook left no clues as to how he came to own them. In some cases for images that lack a corresponding negative, duplicate prints were saved if they showed a difference in darkroom manipulation. For all the images in this collection the titles were provided by Brook either in either his negative index or on the print itself.

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Alternative Forms Available

Automated access: The photographs represented in the following inventory may be searched by means of an automated database. Subject and geographic terms were assigned according to the Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials, and the notes field for many of the first 388 images contains the exposure documentation made by Brook on the original negative glassine envelopes. To view the photograph collection, visit the online database.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box/Folder
1/1 Prints 1-36
001, 004, 005, 007, 008, 009, 010, 011, 012, 013, 014, 016, 017, 018, 019, 020, 021, 022, 023, 025, 026, 027, 029, 030, 031, 032, 035, 036
1/2 Prints 42-117
042, 043, 044, 045, 048, 049, 050, 051, 053, 055, 056, 057, 058, 060, 064, 069, 071a, 072, 073, 076, 078a, 079, 080, 083, 087, 088, 089, 092, 093, 094, 096, 100a, 101, 103, 104, 107, 109, 111, 112, 113, 115, 117
1/3 Prints 125-169e
125, 126, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 151, 156, 156b, 159, 160, 162, 163, 165, 166b, 166a, 167d, 169d, 169c, 169b, 169a, 169e
1/4 Prints 173a-228c
169l, 173b, 173a, 174, 175, 176, 180, 181, 183, 184b, 184a, 185b, 186, 187a, 188, 189, 190b, 190a, 191, 192, 195, 196, 202, 204, 205a, 205b, 206, 207b, 207a, 211, 212b, 212a, 214, 220, 221, 223, 224c, 224b, 224a, 225c, 225b, 225a, 227, 228c, 228b, 228a
1/5 Prints 230-291
230f, 230e, 230d, 230c, 230b, 230a, 230, 232c, 232b, 232a, 233, 235b, 235a, 236, 237c, 237b, 237a, 238, 242b, 242a, 244, 246, 248, 249, 250, 254b, 254a, 255b, 255a, 256, 259, 261b, 261a, 261d, 263b, 263a, 267, 269, 274, 276, 277b, 277a, 278, 283, 291
1/6 Prints 301-388
301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 327, 328, 329, 340, 341, 342, 343, 346a, 349a, 357c, 357b, 357a, 365, 366b, 366a, 383d, 384c, 385c, 385b, 385a, 387b, 387c, 388
2/1 Prints 389-412
389, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 409b, 410, 410b, 411, 412
2/2 Prints 413-419
413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419
2/3 Prints 420-439
420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428b, 428c, 429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439
2/4 Prints 440-470
440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468, 469, 470
2/5 Prints 471-499
471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 476, 477, 478, 479, 480, 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 488, 489, 490, 491, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496, 497, 498, 499
2/6 Prints 500-530
500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530
2/7 Prints 531-560
531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547, 548, 549, 550, 551, 552, 553, 554, 555, 556, 557, 558, 559, 560
2/8 Prints 561-580
561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566, 567, 568, 569, 570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576, 577, 578, 579, 580
3/1 Prints 581-600
581, 582, 583, 584, 585, 586, 587, 588, 589, 590, 591, 592, 593, 594, 595, 596, 597, 598, 599, 600
3/2 Prints 601-620
601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620
3/3 Prints 621-643
621, 622, 623, 624, 625, 626, 627, 628, 629, 630, 631, 632, 633, 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 641, 642, 643
3/4 Prints 644-670
644, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 650, 651, 652, 653, 654, 655, 656, 657, 658, 659, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 666, 667, 668, 669, 670
3/5 Prints 671-685
671, 672, 673, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678, 679, 680, 681, 682, 683, 684, 685
3/6 Prints 686-704
686, 687, 688, 689, 690, 691, 692, 693, 694, 695, 696, 697, 698, 699, 700, 701, 702, 703, 704
3/7 Prints 705-749
705, 706, 707, 708, 709, 710, 711, 712, 713, 714, 715, 716, 717, 718, 719, 720, 721, 722, 723, 724, 725, 726, 727, 728, 729, 730, 731, 732, 733, 734, 735, 736, 737, 738, 739, 740, 741, 742, 743, 744, 745, 746, 747, 748, 749
4/1 Prints 750-772
750, 751, 752, 753, 754, 755, 756, 757, 758, 759, 760, 761, 762, 763, 764, 765, 766, 767, 768, 769, 770, 771, 772
4/2 Prints 829-839
829, 830, 831, 832, 833, 834, 835, 836, 837, 839
4/3 Brook personal papers
Box
5 Negatives 001-150
6 Negatives 151-230f
7 Negatives 231-340
8 Negatives 341-772
9 Negatives 773-785
10 Oversize prints 228b, 581, 244, 160, 012, 586, 083, 239, 830, 235, 035, 004

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Bridges-Montana-Twin Bridges Region-Design and construction-Photographs
  • Bridges-Montana-Twin Bridges Region-Photographs
  • Cities and towns-Montana-Photographs
  • Farm life-Montana-Twin Bridges Region-Photographs
  • Floods-Montana-Twin Bridges-Photographs
  • Frontier and pioneer life-Montana-Twin Bridges Region-Photographs
  • Landscape photography-Montana-Twin Bridges Region
  • Natural history-Montana-Twin Bridges Region-Photographs
  • Photographers-Montana-Twin Bridges
  • Pioneers-Montana-Twin Bridges Region-Photographs
  • Ranching-Montana-Twin Bridges Region-Photographs
  • Schools-Montana-Twin Bridges Region-Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Beaverhead County (Mont.)-Photographs
  • Madison County (Mont.)-Photographs
  • Twin Bridges (Mont.)-Buildings, structures, etc. -Photographs
  • Twin Bridges Region (Mont.)-Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs-Montana-Twin Bridges Region