Legislative Research Requests
Submit a Request
General research requests may be submitted either online or by mail.
Submit a request online
Send a request by mail
No faxed or telephoned requests will be accepted.
The Research Center of the Montana
Historical Society holds the official records of the Montana Legislature,
including minutes of committee hearings and bills.
collections at the MHS Research Center will be unavailable from October
15, 2013 until April 15, 2014 for improvements to our collections
storage facility. Because the materials used to complete these requests will
be inaccessible, we will not accept Legislative Research Requests beginning
October 15, 2014.
PLEASE READ BELOW BEFORE FILLING OUT A REQUEST
Fees & Payment
If you are unable to visit our Research Center to conduct your own research,
our staff will answer general research questions for a fee. Legislative
History requests cost $25.00 which includes one hour of research and up to
10 photocopies. We charge $25.00 per Bill. After the first hour of
research the patron will be charged $20.00 per hour and .35 cents for each
additional copy. Requests may take up to 15-20 days to complete. Expedited
requests can be submitted; however they are double the regular charge for
each Bill. Staff still require 10 days to complete rush orders.
Before submitting an expedited request, please speak to a member of the MHS
Research staff at (406) 444-2681 to ensure staff time is available.
Defining Your Search
The specific information you need us to find (i.e. Montana Code Annotated
citation or bill number) and any sources you require us to search must be
clearly defined in your request. Vague or otherwise poorly defined requests
cannot be researched and will be returned!
Please note that the
Montana Legislature website has digital audio recordings and scanned
minutes / minute logs and exhibits for committee hearings from 1999-Present.
For information on how to do legislative histories and what materials are
available at the Montana Historical Society please consult our
Legislative History Guide or contact us at (406) 444-2681.
Submitting Your Request
submit your request online and pay with a credit card, or
send your request by mail along with a check made payable to "Montana
Historical Society Research Center" (see mailing address printed on form).
Research requests are handled in the order they are received. Turn-around
time is 15-20 business days, dating from the receipt of payment.
Libel, Privacy, & Copyright Concerns
Providing research information does not imply permission to publish it. The
researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of
libel, privacy, and copyright that may be involved in use of the
collections. If you have questions about the reproduction policy, please
Contact UsFor questions about the Research Center and the services we provide, please
contact the Research Center at 406.444.2681 or email
For technical questions concerning the online payment portal, please contact
our online services
help desk at 406.449.3468 (toll-free 1.866.449.3468).