Christmas Greetings to the Paul Clark Home

  In 1956, a young U.S. Marine wrote a poignant holiday greeting to Mrs. Jessie Trueworthy, matron of the Paul Clark Home in Butte, Montana. His note reads: “I haven’t forgotten you again on Xmas and I shall never as long as I live, and although I am so far away, and in my country’s … More Christmas Greetings to the Paul Clark Home


What are Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps?

Fire insurance maps were created to help insurance companies assess the potential risks involved in underwriting policies. They depict features that affect the vulnerability of properties to disasters like fire, earthquake, and flood. The first fire insurance maps were created in London in the late 18th century. In America, D.A. Sanborn, a civil engineer and … More What are Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps?

Women’s Suffrage

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides men and women with equal voting rights. The amendment states that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” In Montana, women had won this right in 1914 and … More Women’s Suffrage

Thank you, Butte!

I get a real thrill from opening books and magazines and seeing this: Those of us who work in processing do not always know what the people who work more closely with authors are doing with the things we process. Yesterday I bought a copy of the new book, Political Hell-raiser, the Life and Times … More Thank you, Butte!

Who Was Rick Jones?

We get research requests from close to home in Butte and as far away as Finland, Ireland, and Italy. Many have to do with family history. Local people like to research their homes and others request photographs from our collection. Writers and historians use our facility for academic research, and students draw upon our collections … More Who Was Rick Jones?

What Is A Lilly?

Recently, we were touring the Lexington Mine Hoist House when someone looking at a control panel asked, “What is a Lilly?” I was happy to say that I knew exactly what it was thanks to Dorothy McBride, William J. Lilly’s great-niece. They were referring to the Lilly Controller that was still in the hoist house. … More What Is A Lilly?