William J. Brings moved to Montana in 1908 and operated photographic studios in Hardin and Laurel. This collection of photographs by Brings includes photographs of the photographer and his family, his studios, and the towns in Montana where he lived. The majority of the images taken by Brings in this collection are photographs of Crow Indian people and St. Xavier Mission. The dates of the photographs range from 1906-1913.
This collection contains photographs taken to illustrate a "Report of Investigation of Sanitary Conditions in Mines and of the Conditions Under Which the Miners Live in Silver Bow County", 1908-1912. The images show sanitary conditions in Butte neighborhoods, local dairies, the county hospital, and underground mines. Each photograph has the description which accompanied it in the report.