The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives collects manuscripts, photographs, yearbooks, family and business papers, government record, and more pertaining to Butte, Montana’s history. Our collections provide insights into the history of copper mining, immigration, the electrification of America, and the people who make up our Nation’s melting pot. Home of the world’s largest copper deposit, Butte was once one of the most radically and ethnically diverse cities in the West and was the wellspring of the western labor movement. The collections in the care of the Archives provide essential information on a number of subjects in the American west, including the history of industrial technology, environmental history, the history of women and minority groups, and labor history.

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