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Montana Historical Society

P.O. Box 201201; 225 North Roberts
Helena, Montana 59620


Fax: 406-444-2696

Phone: 406-444-2694

Repository URL: External Link

Repository code: mthi

Repository description (CRHP): The Montana Historical Society holds a number of interviews and oral history projects that document the life and work of African Americans in Montana, especially in terms of mining, manufacturing, community life, and higher education. Information about labor activism and responses to discrimination are included in these interviews.

The Montana Historical Society also maintains the African-Americans in Montana Heritage Resources Project, a digital archive that brings together primary sources from collections of the Museum, Archives, Photograph Archives, and Library at the Montana Historical Society. These include artifacts, letters, business records, newspapers, photographs, and oral histories. See

Repository description (extant): The Montana Historical Society Research Center has the most complete and extensive collection of unpublished records and manuscripts documenting the history of Montana and its government.

The Archives Collections is comprised of:

Manuscript Collections
Manuscripts collections are records or papers created or gathered by an organization, individual, or family. Manuscripts collections constitute the core of our research collection and range from the early 1860s to the present. The collection is especially strong on 19th century business history, political history, the history of
social and cultural organizations, pioneer diaries and reminiscences, women's experiences on the frontier, and military encounters.

State & Local Government Records
The Montana Historical Society has been the unofficial archives of Montana state government since 1865 and the official state archives since 1969. The State Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to inactive, historically significant state records. In addition to the records of executive branch agencies and elected officials, the State Archives includes records of legislative sessions.

[...] Oral Histories
Oral history interviews add dimension to the historical record by preserving first-hand recollections of those who may not have initiated historic events, but whose experiences shaped and in turn were defined by those events. Since the 1880s, when interviews were recorded by hand, the Montana Historical Society has conducted oral history interviews with Montanans from across the state, and from various walks of life. The oral history collection covers such topics as the New Deal and Fort Peck Dam, reminiscences by veterans, war brides, and homesteaders, as well as the history of medicine, education and government in Montana.

Repository type: State Historical Society


Metals manufacturing in four Montana communities oral history project
Montanans at work oral history project
Montana military veterans oral history project
[Interviews and lectures]


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