Photographs of Abandoned Wooden Buildings and Artifacts in Montana
Scope and Contents
Photographs created by Richard Buswell of Helena, Montana, of abandoned wooden buildings and artifacts in Montana, 1975-2019, and printed by him, 1986-2020. Images include exteriors and interiors of cabins, barns, hotels, general stores, and blacksmith shops, as well as railroad trestles and cemeteries. Artifacts include examples of bedsprings, bird cages, blacksmith and carpentry tools, bottles, chairs, gardening implements, hand carts, hay rakes, mill stamps, pianos, toys, and wood stoves, as well as animal bones and skulls.
- Buswell, Richard S., 1945- (Author)
Language of Materials
Manuscript captions in English.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Richard S. Buswell on the Arthur Corbitt Hoskins Memorial Fund, 2007-2020.
Purchased from Richard S. Buswell on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2013-2017.
Gift of Richard S. Buswell, 2016-2018.
Organized into two series: I. Photographs, 1975-2019. II. Electronic Files, 2018.
3.33 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Photographs created by Richard S. Buswell of Helena, Montana, of abandoned wooden buildings and artifacts in Montana, 1975-2018, and printed by him, 1986-2019. Images include exteriors and interiors of cabins, barns, hotels, general stores, and blacksmith shops, as well as railroad trestles and cemeteries.
Richard S. Buswell (born 1945)
Richard S. Buswell is a medical doctor and photographer living in Helena, Montana. He published his first photographic work in the student newspaper of Helena High School in 1963. He continued his education at Carroll College from 1963 to 1966 and earned his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 1970. The following year he began photographing abandoned towns, mining camps, and homesteads across Montana. In 1997 the University of Montana published his first book, Echoes: A Visual Reflection. Since then Buswell has published five more books including Close to Home: Photographs (New Mexico, 2013) and What They Left Behind: Photographs (New Mexico, 2017). In addition to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, his images are held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art (material formerly held by the Corcoran Gallery of Art), and the George Eastman House.
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Each folder in the collection contains a single photographic print.
- Guide to the Richard S. Buswell, Photographs of Abandoned Wooden Buildings and Artifacts in Montana
- by Matthew Daniel Mason
- January 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
- February 2021: Integrated prints acquired in 2020-2021
- December 2019: Integrated prints acquired in 2018-2019 and renumbered folders in the collection.
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