The Photo Archives is available by appointment year round. Please call 406-723-7211 to make an appointment to view the World Museum of Mining’s extensive collection.

The collection of photographs at the Museum was originally started through a donation of photographs from the community.  The photo collection owned by the Anaconda Copper Mining Company was also donated as a cornerstone for the project.  Subsequent donations of collections from professional and amateur photographers have helped to make this collection the most extensive and complete historical representation of Butte and the surrounding area. The collection today contains over 22,000 photographs, negatives, and glass plate negatives.  These display everything from interior shots of the underground mines and equipment to historic buildings and events in the area, as well as photographs of the people who lived in and visited the city.

Images in the collection can be purchased in both print and digital formats.

Mining-related images and safety posters developed for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company can be found online as part of the Montana Memory Project, a state-wide digitization project.