A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project

Establishing and Maintaining Archives

Jeff Gruber

Libby High School


Students in Libby learned black and white photo-taking and developing techniques and then used their skills to document their contemporary community. Students also organized, assigned numbers, and made contact prints from approximately 2,500 4x5 negatives from the 1940-60s given to the local museum. After finishing, the cataloged negatives were placed in the permanent museum archive. In addition to working on archiving images, students also collected twenty oral histories from Libby residents. Interviews with loggers, miners, housewives, and businessmen were transcribed and placed in the classroom oral history collection started in 1996. To further expand their classroom archives, students illustrated, on 16” X 20” matte boards, the origin of specific place-names in Lincoln County. The students included copies of historical photographs (or if none where available, contemporary photographs) and research explaining how their particular location was named.

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