Photograph Collections

1. Montgomery Museum Collection

Containing hundreds of photographs, slides, negatives, tintypes, and daguerreotypes dating from the mid-19th century through the present, this collection is broad, covering people and places throughout Montgomery County and beyond. Photographers represented in this collection include:

2. D. D. Lester Collection

Donated to the museum in 2002 by the Lester Family, the D. D. Lester Collection includes more than ten thousand photographs, negatives, and glass plate negatives primarily from the 20th century. The earliest dated glass plates are from 1904 and many date from the 1920s. The family believed that all three “D. D. Lesters” were the photographers. However, that some of the glass plates were acquired from other photographers including J. T. Lee.

3. News-Messenger Collection

Donated to the museum in 2005 by the newspaper, this collection dates from the mid-twentieth century through the 1990s. It includes thousands of photographs and negatives not all of which have been scanned or cataloged.

Using Images Owned by the Museum

All Rights Are Reserved for photographs owned by the Montgomery Museum. Requests for permission to reproduce an image must be made by submitting a completed copy of the Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center Image Order Form found below. For assistance please contact the curator at

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