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