Archive Research Room

The Carbon County Historical Society & Museum is the repository for many city and county documents for Carbon County. Additionally the Archives also contain numerous photographic collections showing rural and local scenes as well as local businesses, citizens and events dating back to the late 1800s. Many of the pioneers and settlers of Carbon County have donated their family papers, photographs, diaries, and personal correspondence to be preserved in the Archives made available to the general public.


The following resources are available in our Archives:

  • Photographic Collection: An extensive collection of photographs of Red Lodge, as well as the Carbon County area
  • A collection of rare books and reference materials focusing on the Carbon County area and the state of Montana.
  • Newspapers: Carbon County News(1891 1967), Carbon County Journal, Red Lodge Picket, Picket Journal, Carbon County Chronicle, Carbon County Republican, Joliet Newspapers (1904-09), Bridger Times (1914-44), Fromberg Herald (1902-47). Most newspapers are also available in microfiche.
  • Cemetery records
  • Obituaries
  • Census records
  • City Directories 1905 - 1922
  • Files on the residents of Carbon County. Great for genealogy research.
  • Diaries, Journals, Letters, Post Cards, Memorabilia
  • Oral Histories of the "Old Timers" in Carbon County, past and present
  • Files on local businesses, churches, social organizations, special events, past and present
  • Extensive primary source documents concerning the Smith Mine Disaster

The Archives are open to the public during the summer from 10am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday. All other times, including winter hours are by appointment only.


If you have research that you would like done and are unable to visit the museum you can make arrangements for the research to be done by our employees.


Research fees are as follows:

  • $25/hour plus copies
  • 8.5X11 or 8.5X14 copies - $.25 each
  • 11X17 copies - $.50 each
  • Marriage & Birth Certificates - Available through the Carbon County District Court and Administration Offices, respectively.

Download a Research Form Here.