The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives created this website to put historical records and information at your fingertips. The following resources can be accessed through the links above and at left:
ONLINE RECORD SEARCH: Information from the following records and resources can be accessed for a fee: the five major cemeteries located in the county, immigration and naturalization documents, mine fatality records, mortuary records, obituary indices, delayed birth certificates, pauper applications, and mother/widow pension applications. Newly added are Building and Improvement Permits and Conditional Bills of Sale. We are just beginning data entry of these records and will add them to the website on a continuing basis. We currently have 20 databases on the website and will be adding more. We also provide access to a Chronology of Butte history that provides a list of significant events in Butte history from 1862 to 1986. The chronology is searchable by keyword or by year.
CATALOG OF COLLECTIONS: Our searchable online catalog provides information on the thousands of documents, photos, and other items stored in our vaults, reading room, vertical files, and library. The Catalog describes what we have on particular subjects and allows researchers to survey what they want to review before visiting our facility or requesting our assistance. Our Catalog of Collections is available at no cost.
BOOKSTORE: Our bookstore features publications on Butte and Montana history, some of which are unique and cannot be found elsewhere. We also offer copper coins and bars designed especially for the Friends of the Butte Archives, Butte-related CDs and DVDs, and other items that have a relationship to Butte's rich history. All profits go to the Friends of the Butte Archives, our non-profit fundraising organization.
WHAT'S NEW AT THE ARCHIVES:Click on the What's New button to see what new collections have come into the Archives, what new databases have been added to the Online Records Search, new publications or other products for sale, events that will take place, or exhibits that will be installed.