Cultural Records

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The Montana Antiquities Database contains cultural resource information on known historic and archaeological sites, previously conducted cultural resource inventories, National Register site status, and cultural resource management project information. The database uses Oracle software and is housed at the Montana State Historic Preservation Office in Helena and the University of Montana Site Records Office in Missoula.

The database is divided into three parts:

Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)
The CRIS portion of the database contains information on over 51,000 historic and archaeological sites within the State of Montana. It includes information on site type, owner, period, legal location, and numerous other data fields.  The SHPO requires Smithsonian numbers in order to process all consultation, including resolving APE, Eligibility, Effect etc., as it is the sole means of tracking properties.  To obtain a Smithsonian number see below.
Cultural Resource Annotated Bibliography System (CRABS)
The CRABS bibliographic listings contain information on over 30,000 previous cultural resource inventories conducted within the State of Montana. It includes information on author, title, date completed, survey acres, legal location, agency, and other useful data fields. It also includes a list of searchable keywords that allows us to generate reports on specific topics.

Project, Eligibility, & Effect Report (PEER)
PEER includes information on cultural resource projects conducted around Montana, and that SHPO reviews on a regular basis. It includes information on the eligibility of sites, effects, and more general project information. 

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To view a public version of our State Antiquities Database please click here.

Obtaining a Smithsonian Number will still require completion of the Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS) form, and a 7.5’ Quad map showing the site location,, but beginning May 17, 2011 these forms can be submitted as PDF’s through email or the State of Montana - File Transfer Service via ePass. Contact SHPO, or click here for ePass instructions.

Site forms may only be submitted electronically in PDF format. If you submit the draft site form electronically, then you MUST submit the final draft electronically along with a paper copy. The paper copy of the final draft site form can be submitted with its respective cultural resource inventory report. There is no need to submit an additional paper copy.


File Search Requests:

To request a file search please fill out the File Search Request form and email it in to  The results of the file search will be sent within a few days of receiving the request.
File Search Request Form

Smithsonian Number Requests:

To request a Smithsonian number please send in a completed Montana CRIS form (Instructions) with a 7.5' quad map showing site location.  Site forms must be submitted electronically as a PDF, or Word Document.  Instructions for site form submittal. Please send the final form in to Steffany Meredyk to receiver your number.

Digital Data Use Agreement:

Please complete this Digital Data and Information Use Agreement for each individual within an organization, institution, or agency that is requesting digital data from the Montana SHPO. Site, Inventory, and GIS files will not be given out until this has been received.
Digital Data Use Agreement

Inventory Report Requests:

To request an copy of a previous cultural resource inventory (CRABS report) please fill out the Inventory Report Request form and email it in to Damon Murdo
Inventory Report Request

Site Form Requests:

To request a site form (CRIS) please fill out the Site Form Request form and email it in to
Site Form Request

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