Richardson Family photograph collection, 1880-1993  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Richardson Family photograph collection
Dates
1880-1993 (inclusive)
Quantity
180 photographic prints, (2 boxes)  :  Black and white photographic prints and color photographic prints  ;  8 x 10 in. and smaller
4 albums, (4 albums (containing 743 photographic prints))  :  Black and white photographic prints  ;  12 x 8 1/2 in. and smaller
Collection Number
Lot 036 (collection)
Summary
The Richardson Brothers Ranch was among the earliest homesteads in what is now Sheridan County, Montana. This collection includes four photograph albums containing 743 photographic prints and 180 loose photographs with views of life on the ranch, family portraits, vacation snaps, a military service album, and many other photographs from various Richardson family members from the 1880s to the 1990s.
Repository
Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives
225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT
59620-1201
Telephone: 406-444-2681
Fax: 406-444-5297
mhslibrary@mt.gov
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research in the Photo Archives.

Languages
English.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The Richardson Brothers Ranch was among the earliest homesteads in what is now Sheridan County, Montana. Frederick "Fred" Richardson, Maggie Daisy Richardson, Robert "Bob" Richardson, and Weldon "Will" Richardson were the original four Richardson siblings to settle in the Antelope, Montana area, homesteading on 1,728 adjoining acres between 1902 and 1917 to form the ranch. The brothers all married and started families between 1908 and 1912, Maggie Richardson did not marry until 1932 and had no children. Fourteen children were born on the ranch from 1909 to 1925, several of those children would eventually marry and stay on the ranch as well. Fred became the first US Customs Agent in Sheridan and adjacent Daniels Counties. Bob was elected the first State Representative from Sheridan County. A complete story of the siblings and their children is presented in Six Generations of Richardsons: To and from the Big Muddy Valley by Gregory N Richardson.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes four photograph albums containing 743 photographic prints and 180 loose photographs. The Lulu Richardson Album (1880s to 1914) contains 74 photographs including her family's time in Minnesota before coming to Montana to her time on the Richardson Brothers Ranch. Maggie Richardson Album (1907 to 1949) contains 350 photos that Maggie took documenting life on the early ranch, at her sister Alice's in southern California, at her sister Martha's in Heavener, Oklahoma, and with her teaching friends in Minnesota. At her death in 1933, the album was given to her niece Marge Richardson who added 120 family photographs beginning in 1935 through 1949. Margaret "Marge" Richardson Album (about 1924 to 1931) contains 141 photographs that cover her graduation from Antelope High School in 1928 and her freshman year at Montana State Normal School in Dillon in 1929. It includes students from her first year teaching school in Garden Grove School in California in 1931. The last album is the service album of Walter Richardson in Europe in 1947 with 58 photographs. There are also 180 loose photographs depicting: various members of the Richardson family in Montana, South Dakota, California, and Oklahoma; the different Richardson homesteads in Sheridan County, Montana; and views of Montana and South Dakota.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions applying to use or reproduction of this image (which may be protected by copyright law - Title 17 U.S. Code) are available from the Montana Historical Society Research Center. The Montana Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Photograph Archives collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Photograph Archives before any reproduction use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in its collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Richardson Family photograph collection. Lot 036 [box/album number and folder/photograph], Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, Montana.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Photographs, 1880-1993Return to Top

180 photographic prints, (2 boxes) : 170 black and white photographic prints; 10 color photographic prints ; 8 x 10 in. and smaller

This series contains photographs of and by various members of the Richardson family including portraits and candid snaps. It also includes views of various Richardson ranches, livestock, and several views of areas in Montana and South Dakota. Photos are dated from 1880 to 1993.

This series contains 180 photographic prints arranged by family based on the birth order of the children of Robert Hay and Annie Richardson. The 82 photographs from the Thomas Jerald Richardson photograph collection are incorporated into the organization of the other photographs but still retain their assigned number that correlates to the handwritten index, available in the Photo Archives.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Tom and Martha (Richardson) Webster
5 photographic prints
1895-1919
1/2
Alice Webster Young
7 photographic prints
1905-1932
1/3
Alice Richardson, Maggie Richardson
5 photographic prints
1892-1935
1/4
Joseph Richardson
2 photographic prints
1885-1895
1/5
Edward (Ned) Richardson
2 photographic prints
1905-1915
1/6
Frederick (Fred) Richardson, Photos taken by Fred Richardson
3 photographic prints
1900-1912
1/7
Maggie Daisy Richardson
7 photographic prints
1895-1932
1/8
Robert (Bob) Seward Richardson
5 photographic prints
1892-1911
1/9
Robert (Bob) and Esther Richardson
17 photographic prints
1912-1957
1/10
Esther Richardson, Antelope Opera House
2 photographic prints
1913
1/11
Robert (Bob) Richardson homestead
3 photographic prints
1920-1958
1/12
Dorothy May Richardson and Elenore Richardson (wife of Donald)
2 photographic prints
1935-1952
1/13
Robert (Bobby) Richardson, Jr.
9 photographic prints
1929-1972
1/14
Weldon (Will) Richardson
5 photographic prints
1894-1900
1/15
Lulu Hedges
4 photographic prints
1889-1905
1/16
Weldon (Will) and Lulu Richardson
5 photographic prints
1908-1914
1/17
Richardson homestead, first bunkhouse
1 photographic prints
1895-1905
1/18
Views of livestock and property at Weldon (Will) Richardson ranch
8 photographic prints
1910-1978
1/19
Weldon (Will) and Lulu Richardson family
9 photographic prints
1910-1920
1/20
Weldon (Will) and Lulu Richardson family
13 photographic prints
1922-1970
1/21
Hedges Relatives, Related to Lulu Richardson
16 photographic prints
1880-1920
2/1
Margaret (Marge) Richardson
12 photographic prints
1928-1993
2/2
Weldon (Bud) and Marjorie Richardson
6 photographic prints
1937-1990
2/3
Eugene (Gene) Richardson's children
1 photographic prints
1954
2/4
Thomas (Jerald) and Alice Richardson
6 photographic prints
1939-1989
2/5
Walter Richardson
6 photographic prints
1940-1971
2/6
Thomas (Tom) Wayne and Mary Murphy Richardson
4 photographic prints
1944-1953
2/7
James Richardson
6 photographic prints
1941-1947
2/8
Antelope, Montana
1 photographic prints
1895-1905
2/9
Native Americans, unknown tribe, purchased by Maggie Daisy Richardson
1 photographic prints
1908
2/10
Montana and South Dakota views
6 photographic prints
1910-1939
2/11
Hazel Hedges, family friend
1 photographic prints
1925

Series II:  Photograph Albums, 1880-1949Return to Top

4 albums, (4 albums (containing 743 photographic prints))12 x 8 1/2 in. and smaller

This series contains four photograph albums created by Richardson family members. The albums include black and white photographic prints with views of family members, friends, ranch life, Walter Richardson's service in the military, and various family trips.

This series is arranged chronologically by album.
Container(s) Description Dates
Album
Lot 36.A1
Lulu Hedges Richardson photograph album
1 albums (1 album, 97 p. (some pages empty, 74 photographic prints)) : Black cloth cover with black paper pages. ;5 3/4 x 8 in.
74 photographic prints : black and white ;4 x 5 in. and smaller
Album belonged to Lucy Luella (Lulu) Hedges Richardson, who married Weldon (Will) Richardson in 1908 and lived on the Richardson Brothers Ranch. The album contains 74 black and white photographic prints including: Richardson family members at La Jolla Beach in California; various views of family members working on the ranch in Montana; relatives of Lulu Richardson; Will and Lulu Richardson's home; U.S.G.S. camps; views of Antelope, Montana; and various views of unidentified individuals.
1880-1912
Lot 36.A2
Maggie Daisy Richardson and Margaret (Marge) Richardson photograph album
1 albums (1 album, 86 p. (470 black and white photographic prints)) : Black cloth cover with black paper pages.;10 1/4 x 12 1/4 in.
470 photographic prints : Black and white.;3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. and smaller
Album contains 350 photos, mostly taken by Maggie Daisy Richardson, documenting: life on the ranch; visits to her sisters Alice Richardson, in southern California, and Martha Webster, in Heavener, Oklahoma; and with her teaching friends in Minnesota. At her death in 1933, the album was given to her niece Marge Richardson who added 120 family photographs beginning in 1935 through 1949.
1907-1949
Lot 36.A3
Margaret (Marge) Richardson photograph album
1 albums (1 album, 92 p. (141 photographic prints)) : Black cloth cover with black paper pages.;5 1/2 x 7 in.
141 photographic prints : Black and white.;3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. and smaller
Album was created by Margaret (Marge) Richardson, the oldest child of Weldon (Will) and Lulu Richardson. The album contains 141 black and white photographs that cover her graduation from Antelope High School in 1928 and her freshman year at Montana State Normal School in Dillon in 1929. It also includes students from her first year teaching school in Garden Grove School in California in 1931.
1924-1931
Lot 36.A4
Walter Richardson photograph album
1 albums (1 album, 26 p. (58 photographic prints)) : "Us fellows in the US Zone" photograph album for service men, red cloth cover with labeled pages.;12 x 8 1/2 in.
58 photographic prints : Black and white.;8 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. and smaller
Album created by Walter Richardson while serving with the United States Air Corps in occupied Germany after World War II. The album includes 58 black and white photographic prints showing Richardson and his friends enjoying their free time in Germany, France, Switzerland, and England.
1947

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Families
  • Homesteading--Montana
  • Horses
  • Military service, Voluntary--Montana
  • Ranches--Montana
  • Geographical Names :
  • Antelope (Mont.)
  • Culbertson (Mont.)
  • Custer (S.D.)
  • Mondak (Mont.)
  • Sheridan County (Mont.)
  • Sylvan Lake (S.D.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints
  • Portrait photographs