The Butte Archives
 
 
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 documentaries.

The Archives are located at 17 West Quartz Street (Quartz and Main Streets).

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 site:

 http://www.buttearchives.org

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