General research requests may be submitted either online or by mail.Submit a request online
No faxed or telephoned requests will be accepted.
The Research Center of the Montana Historical Society maintains a large collection of library, archival and photographic materials relating to the history of Montana and the West.
Archival collections at the MHS Research Center
will be closed from October 15, 2013 until April 15, 2014 for
improvements to our collections storage facility. Although other
Research Center collections, such as books, newspapers and photographs,
will be open during this time, the closure may impact your research
Examples of requests that may be effected include Prison Records searches, business entity records, oral history transcripts, original diaries, letters, and legislative records. Other requests, such as obituary searches, brand histories, photograph research, vertical files, local histories and many other searches can still be completed. We strongly encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-444-2681 prior to submitting your request to ensure that we can answer it in a timely manner.
Refunds will not be given for requests that cannot be answered due to the closure. These requests will be held until the Archives collections reopen and will be answered as soon as possible after April 15, 2014. You will be notified if your request fits this category.
For technical questions concerning the online payment portal, please contact our online services help desk at 406.449.3468 (toll-free 1.866.449.3468).