General Research Requests

The Montana Historical Society is taking steps to protect the health and safety of our staff during the COVID-19 outbreak and staff are working remotely until further notice. While we recognize the importance of your research requests, our response to them will be delayed. Please contact us at with any questions.

Our staff can answer general research questions for a small fee. In your request, please clearly define the information you would like us to look for (i.e., a name, event, date, or document) and any sources you want us to search. Vague or poorly defined requests cannot be researched and will be returned.

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 If you would like to order a copy of an oral history, please contact our Oral Historian at or 406-444-4774. For technical questions concerning the online payment portal, please contact our online services helpdesk at 406-449-3468 (toll-free 1-866-449-3468).

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.