Genealogy: Montana, Library and society resource list

Montana, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (1)

  1. Montana Historical Society:
  2. Montana State Genealogical Society:
  3. Montana State Library:

University Archives and Collections (11)

  1. Montana State University, Billings:
  2. Montana State University, Bozeman:
  3. Montana State University, Northern:
  4. University of Montana – Western:
  5. University of Montana, Missoula:
  6. Montana State University, Billings:
  7. Montana State University, Bozeman:
  8. Montana State University, Northern:
  9. Rocky Mountain College, Paul M. Adams Library, Heritage Archives:
  10. University of Montana – Western:
  11. University of Montana, Missoula:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (9)

  1. Billings–Parmly Billings Library:
  2. Bozeman–Bozeman Public Library:
  3. Butte–Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives:
  4. Great Falls–Great Falls Public Library, Cascade County Historical Society Archives:
  5. Helena–Lewis & Clark Library, Lewis & Clark County Genealogical Society:
  6. Kalispell–Flathead County Library:
  7. Lewistown–Lewistown Public Library:
  8. Missoula–Missoula Public Library, Montana Room:
  9. Winnett–Petroleum County Community Library:

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (4)

  1. Cascade County Historical Society:
  2. Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site:
  3. Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation:
  4. Museum of the Rockies:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. Montana Library Network & Library Development Department:

This site delivers quality networked library materials and services to Montana citizens through standards-based library automation systems, materials, and services. Resources include Montana Shared Catalog, Magazines, Newspapers, Maps, and more.

Digital Library Collections (4)

  1. Montana State Library, Montana State Library Digital Library Initiative:
  2. University of Montana, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Centre, America’s Wars in Asia: Digital Teaching Library:
  3. Progressive Men of Montana:
  4. Vigilantes of Montana: Secret Trials and Midnight Hangings, 1863-1864: