The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives was established in 1981 by County ordinance to maintain the non-current records of the city-county of Butte-Silver Bow. It is a department of the local government and is overseen by a seven-member Board of Directors. The Archives currently employs two full-time and three part-time professional staff members who are assisted by nearly 50 dedicated volunteers. The Archives is also supported by the Friends of the Archives, a non-profit group formed to support the operation of the Archives through fundraising. The Friends group also hosts activities such as author and book signing events, ethnic and artistic exhibits.

"Butte was mercurial... The wicked, wealthy,
hospitable, full blooded little city welcomed
me with wild enthusiasm of the
most disorderly kind"

~ Theodore Roosevelt


The Archives is governed by a seven member Board of Directors appointed by the Butte-Silver Bow County Chief Executive. The Board members are charged with supervising and managing the affairs of the Archives. Photos and biographical information for each Board member are available below.

Brian Holland


The Archives is staffed with a team of dedicated employees who truly enjoy working in the public service sector. At the Archives, the visitor comes first, and the staff enthusiastically ensures they have a worthwhile experience. The staff does everything from research and data entry to project and facility management.

Ellen Crain


The Friends of the Butte Archives is an educational and charitable organization that was established in 1999 to promote, assist, and benefit the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives. The non-profit 501(C)3 organization is managed by a seven-member Board of Directors. The Friends hosts numerous events and activities at the Archives and raises funds for the Archives through the sale of publications, acceptance of memorials and other donations, and sponsoring events. Photos and biographical information for each Board member appear below.
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Tom Mulchahey