Montana Historical Society

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Photograph Research Requests

Our staff will conduct photograph research for a small fee. In your request, please clearly define the subject of the photograph (i.e. person, place, or event) and an approximate date when photographed. Vague or poorly defined requests cannot be researched and will be returned.

Important   Photograph research request must be limited in scope. We cannot answer requests for "all" photographs of specific subjects, nor can we respond to lengthy requests for images of numerous subjects or people. If you need extensive research done, please hire an independent researcher.

Photograph research requests are for research use only. To request reproductions of particular images, please see please see Copies and Reproductions.

When will I get the results? Research requests are handled in the order they are received. Turnaround time is approximately 4 weeks from receipt of payment.

Can I publish the results of the research? If you would like to publish a reproduction of an item in our collections, please see Copies and Reproductions.

If you have questions about research requests, please contact us at 406-444-2681 or email

Submit a Request

Research requests may be submitted online or by mail.

Submit a request online

Submit a request by mail (PDF)


Fax and telephone requests will not be accepted.