The collection contains photographs in an album and loose photographs. All are printing-out paper prints, and most are mounted on Kodak mounts. The album photographs appear to have been arranged and labeled by Hoblitzell and show mostly scenes of Missoula, Mont. Significant subjects include buildings (downtown and residential neighborhoods), railroad transportation (mostly Northern Pacific rolling stock), Fort Missoula soldiers, Native Americans, construction, fires, bicyclists, significant floods on the Clark Fork River and damage to the railway, and lumber mills in and around Missoula. There are also a few photographs taken from the train that Hoblitzell rode from Maryland to Missoula.
William Hoblitzell was born in 1864, the son of Solomon Hoblitzell, in Pocomoke City, Md. He was an amateur photographer and worked as the chief clerk for the Northern Pacific Railroad from 1890 to 1894. He lived in Missoula, Mont., during this time, but returned to Maryland after that, ultimately settling in Washington, D.C., where he worked for the Census Bureau.
Finding aid in the repository and on the Internet http://nwda-db.wsulibs.wsu.edu/findaid/ark:/80444/xv44122.