Business Entity 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 maintains and provides access to the Secretary of State Business Entity Records. These records include articles of incorporation, annual reports and other fiscal information for domestic and foreign companies who conduct business in Montana from the 1860s to the present.
Archival 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 Business Entity Research Request beginning October 15, 2014.
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 small fee
Defining Your Search
All Business Entity records are accessed by a filing number that must be obtained from the Secretary of State Business entity website (see http://app.mt.gov/bes
). Use the search function on that site to locate a general description of the company you are interested in. In that description will be a filing number. Please include that number, along with the full title of the company, in your request.
Submitting Your Request
You can 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 email us
For questions about the Research Center and the services we provide, please contact the Research Center at 406.444.2681 or email email@example.com
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).
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