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 has been with the Archives since 2007 and serves as the Assistant Director. She heads the Archives digitization programs and oral history collections, as well as manages the non-current government record for Butte-Silver Bow. She collaborated 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 traveled throughout Montana’s libraries and museums. In 2016, she successfully wrote a grant to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to catalog and preserve the historic 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.
Lindsay Mulcahy is the Archives Administrative Assistant. She has worked in many aspects of Butte’s historical community including guided tours and as curator for the World Museum of Mining. She also worked for Zena Beth McGlashan and has an excerpt published in the Afterword of the Biography of F. August Heinze: Copper King at War. Lindsay co-instructs the Butte History Adult Education Course and is vice-chairwoman of Butte Historical Memorials. Lindsay has a BA in History from Montana State University.
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 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 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.
Cari An Coe is the Chateau’s Program Director. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at UCLA in 2008 and worked as an assistant professor at Lewis & Clark College from 2009-2015, before returning to her hometown of Butte in 2016. Her academic research focused on environmental policy in Vietnam and developing countries and her teaching experience fostered interdisciplinary explorations of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Christine Martin is the Chateau’s Curator. She studied Fine Art and Art History at OSU and Printmaking at UM. Her previous experience includes gallery sales at The Mansfield Art Center and The Art Works on Main; steward of the print shop at the IBRC; and longtime teaching artist of printmaking, life drawing, and studio arts. Her work has shown at the Pearl Conard Art Gallery, The Mansfield Art Center, The Foreground Gallery, and other national shows. She has been featured in several publications, and in 2019, she was selected for solo exhibitions in Butte’s Carle Gallery and the Stoplight Art Gallery in Anaconda.