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The Audra Browman Research Room contains one of the most extensive collections of materials on Montana to be found anywhere. This non-circulating collection features Microfiche readers capable of scanning or printing, a dedicated Genealogy and Topographic Map computer, and a typewriter.montana room shelving

Physical Collection

  • Missoula City Directories
  • Newspaper clipping files
  • Archives of Montana Magazines
  • The Missoulian newspaper on microfilm going back to the late 1800s
  • Limited microfilm access to historical regional newspapers

Our Genealogy Collection is the most developed in the state for genealogy information on Missoula County, Lake County, Granite County, Mineral County, Sanders County, Ravalli County, and to a lesser degree Lincoln County. The genealogy computer provides access to Heritage Quest, Ancestry.com, and the Montana State Death Index. Visit our Genealogy page to find out more about the in-house and online services MPL has to offer.

USGS Topographic Maps of Montana and Idaho are available through a customizable print-on-demand program in the library's Audra Browman Room. The 11x17 maps are $2 on standard paper and $3 on weatherproof paper. Stop by the Reference Desk for more information.

Gary Bevington Map Collection is framed reprints of 11 period maps from 1780-1870 depicting the various territorial boundaries of what eventually became the state of Montana. Also included is a reprint of an engraving of James Mitchell Ashley, a Congressman from Ohio who became the third Governor of the Territory of Montana from April 9, 1869-July 12, 1870. This collection was donated by the family of Gary Bevington in his memory.

Online Resources

Montana Information Portal
A Montana State Library resource for current and historical information on Montana by subject.

Montana Historical Society
Learn about the publications, programs, and resources MHS has to offer. Visit the Research Center to access online digital collections, or the Montana History Wiki to view articles, subject guides, and newspapers collections.

Montana Maps
Montana State Library provides a portal to digital and topographic maps of Montana, plus additional electronic maps nation-wide

Montana Memory Project
Montana's Digital Library and Archive. Find historical books, articles, and photographs.

Additional Montana websites can be found on our Montana Resources page.