Collection SummaryThis digital collection consists of over 660 images of photographs (mostly from glass and film negatives) from the work of photographer Evelyn J. Cameron. The photos selected for this digital collection come from the Montana Historical Society’s collection of Cameron’s photographic work amounting to 1,791 glass and film negatives and about 3,000 photographic prints. Her photos reflect her interests in the people, birds, and other wildlife of eastern Montana, containing views of homesteading, ranching activities, social life, and scenery and wildlife in eastern Montana from about 1894-1928.
Evelyn and her husband Ewen Cameron immigrated to the Terry, Montana area from the United Kingdom in 1893. Besides tending her family farm and ranch, she learned photography and began a small photo business taking and selling photographs. Over the years she amassed hundreds of photos of life in rural eastern Montana, documenting animals, children, families, and ranch and farm life in the challenging landscapes of her adopted home. Although never a financially successful photographer, ultimately, Evelyn Cameron visually recorded vignettes of many stories of eastern Montana for over thirty years, leaving a photographic legacy to benefit Montanans into the future. Contributing InstitutionMontana Historical Society Library and ArchivesRelated CollectionPhotographs from the Montana Historical SocietyRelated Person ExhibitEvelyn Cameron