About Archives and Special Collections

Located on the fourth floor of the Mansfield Library, Archives & Special Collections helps to document the history of the region through its unique and valuable manuscript and print holdings. Our collections and resources provide rich opportunities for learning and scholarship to UM faculty and students, to Montanans, and to researchers from around the world.

The K. Ross Toole Archives is the location of a large number of unpublished materials related to the people and history of Western Montana, as well as the history of The University of Montana. Our holdings include letters and diaries of Montana pioneers; papers of individuals and organizations involved in land use and environmental conservation; the congressional papers of politicians including Mike Mansfield, James Murray, Pat Williams, and John Melcher; over 2,500 oral histories; and nearly 100,000 historic photographs. Click here for information on searching and using our archival collections »

Special Collections houses more than 5,000 rare and valuable books, as well as state and federal documents, ephemera, and pamphlets. Our strongest collections related to the history of Montana and the region, but we also have outstanding and unusual items drawn from a wide range of disciplines from British and American literature to the natural sciences. Click here for information on searching and using our Special Collections »

The Montana Room holds a browseable collection of books, newspapers, maps, state agency reports and University of Montana publications supporting research into the history of the University, the Missoula area, the state, and the region. The Montana Room also holds our Regional and Historic Maps collection. Click here for information on searching and using these materials »