- In 1981, the old Butte fire department
was converted for use as the home of the Butte Archives.
The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives is the repository of a vast
collection of documents from Butte's past and all are accessible
to the public.
Visitors include curious travelers leafing through old newspapers,
researchers tracing their family roots, and serious researchers
mining for historical ore for books, magazine articles, and film
The Archives are located at 17 West Quartz Street (Quartz and
If you are unable to come to Butte, the Archives staff conducts
research on request and you may call or write the Archives at
Butte Archives, P.O. Box 81, Butte, MT 59703; (406) 782-3280.
There is a $20 an hour research fee. Charges for copies vary--total
fee (including research fee) is usually under $25.00.
Also, the Archives sells various publications about Butte's history
from walking tours to magazines to scholarly monographs.
The Archives accepts and preserves printed documents, photographs,
and other material of historical significance that may be donated
by individuals, organizations, and businesses.
The extensive holdings of the Archives include genealogical references,
newspapers, maps, books, government records, photographs and
naturalization records. For a detailed listing of these holdings
and more information about the Archives, visit the following