Healy's photographs document Missoula, Mont., mostly in the 1940s through the 1970s. As a news photographer, he tended to document local news events, including automobile and railroad accidents, fires, and other tragedies. He also photographed changes in Missoula's built environment, including building construction and demolition and street work. Other favored subjects are parades, law enforcement, fire protection personnel, and the University of Montana. Several sweeping views and aerials of Missoula document the change and growth of the city. The photographs document much more than Missoula. Surrounding western Montana towns, including Bonner and Taft, are documented in the collection. There are a considerable number of images of Northern Pacific Railway Company and Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad Company engines. The collection contains a number of images taken by other photographers. Some predate Healy and may have come from the Missoulian photo morgue or from the studio of Frank Ingalls. Others are from his fellow Missoulian photographer John Forssen and from C.F. Buls, A. Baker, and H. English (Wallace, Idaho).
Edward "Stan" Healy was born in Missoula, Mont., in 1918, the son of Edward and Emma Healy. He attended Whittier Grade School and graduated from Missoula County High School. In 1941, he graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. In 1946, he began work at the Missoulian as a reporter and photographer. He worked there until 1961, then was a freelance writer and photographer. He worked primarily from Missoula, but also traveled to other parts of the country to sell pictures to papers. He completed photo-based stories about Memphis, Tenn., and the steel mills of Pittsburgh, Pa. Healy served on the Missoula City Council for seventeen years, representing Ward 2, the Northside Neighborhood. When Interstate Highway 90 was developed, the government demanded demolition of many Northside homes. Healy challenged the highway department to save his childhood home and others in the neighborhood. He was also interested in automobiles, his cameras, and electronics. Healy suffered a heart attack in 1979 and moved from his childhood home to a nursing home. He died in 1996 in Missoula.
Finding aid available in the repository and on the Internet http://nwda-db.wsulibs.wsu.edu/findaid/ark:/80444/xv91318.