Ellen Crain Director

Ellen Crain has served as the Director of the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives since 1990. Under her leadership, the Archives successfully executed a $7.5 million capital project to build an archival vault and restore the Historic Fire Department that the Archives called home. Ellen is past President of the Montana Preservation Alliance, Humanities Montana Board, and Montana Cultural and Aesthetic Projects Advisory Committee. She is currently a member of Northwest Archivists. Ellen has co-edited three books: Images of America: Butte, 2009; Motherlode: Legacy of Women’s Lives & Labors in Butte, Montana, 2005; and Remembering Butte, Montana’s Richest City, 2001. Ellen is a graduate of Montana Tech and a Butte native.

Aubrey Jaap Assistant Director

Aubrey Jaap has been with the Archives since 2007 and serves as the Assistant Director. She coordinates the Archives digitization efforts and oral history collections, as well as manages the Archives social media outreach programs. Recently, she worked with the University of Montana’s Irish Studies Program to curate an exhibit titled “Erin’s Exiled Children: Irish America and the Road to the Rising,” which is traveling throughout Montana libraries and museums. She is a successful grant writer, with the most recent being a National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant application funded for $67,480 to catalog and preserve the C. Owen Smithers Photograph Collection. Aubrey is also a member of the Montana State Historical Records and Advisory Board. She has her B.S. in Public Relations from Montana State University-Billings.

Harriet Schultz Senior Technical Archivist

Harriet Schultz serves as the Archives Senior Technical Archivist, where she heads our collection management. She received her Masters of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama. Harriet has worked as a librarian at the University of Louisiana, the Mobile Public Library, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab of the Alabama Consortium of Marine and Environmental Sciences. Since moving to Butte, she has been both a volunteer and a staff member at the Archives for several years. She has also served as the Museum Manager at the Mai Wah Museum.

Kim Murphy Kohn Scheduler and Archivist

Kim Murphy Kohn joined the Archives in 2011 as Archives Technician. Since 2014, she had added Scheduler to her title, managing rentals and meetings in the Archives Auditorium. Her experience in historical research and documentation and records management provide her with the skills needed to accession and catalog the smaller collections that are acquired by the Archives. She oversees the Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series, bringing in speakers on local history, culture, and geology. Kim Holds a B.A. in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg Virginia, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in History from Montana State University.

Cara Mooney Archivist

Cara Mooney joined the Archives in 2017 as an intern to assist in the cataloging and preservation of the C. Owen Smithers Photograph Collection. Cara has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Montana and an MLIS with a specialty in Archives Management from Simmons College.

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