The artist Will James in Montana, circa 1930 (WHC 2001.28.40)

Virginia Snook Collection (WHC 2001.28)

Virginia Snook’s father, Earl Snook, was an art patron and business man. In 1932, Mr. Snook took photographs at the funeral of his good friend, Chief Plenty Coups. The funeral took place in Pryor, Montana. Mr. Snook also befriended and photographed the artist, Will James, who spent a great deal of time in Billings. These 100 photographs were a gift from the Estate of Virginia Snook.