Staff Members

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    Ellen Crain

    Archives Director
    Phone: (406) 782-3280
    Ellen has served as the Director of the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives since 1990. Under her leadership, the Archives successfully executed a $7.5 million capital project to build an archival vault and restore the Historic Fire Department that the Archives called home. Ellen is past President of the Montana Preservation Alliance, Humanities Montana Board, and Montana Cultural and Aesthetic Projects Advisory Committee. She is currently a member of Northwest Archivists. Ellen has co-edited three books: Images of America: Butte, 2009; Motherlode: Legacy of Women’s Lives & Labors in Butte, Montana, 2005; and Remembering Butte, Montana’s Richest City, 2001. Ellen is a graduate of Montana Tech and a Butte native.

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    Nikole Evankovich

    Archives Staff
    Phone: (406) 782-3280
    Nikole Evankovich joined the Archives as Assistant Director in 2014. Nikole was born and raised in Butte and graduated with a BS in Liberal Studies from Montana Tech. Nikole has more than ten years of experience in communications including public relations, event coordination, and technical writing, and project management. Nikole oversees research, government records, management, and volunteer recruitment. Nikole works with volunteers and staff on exhibit development and fundraising events. Nikole has a passion for Butte’s rich history and is grateful for all of the stories about growing up in Butte handed down to her by her grandparents.

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    Aubrey Jaap

    Archives Staff
    Phone: (406) 782-3280
    Aubrey Jaap has been with the Archives since 2007 and serves as the Administrative Assistant. She coordinates the Archives digitization efforts and works with other organizations on digital projects, as well as manages the Archives social media outreach programs. Recently, she worked with the University of Montana's Irish Studies Program to curate an exhibit titled "Erin's Exiled Children: Irish America and the Road to the Rising," which is traveling throughout Montana libraries and museums. She is a successful grant writer, with the most recent being a National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant application funded for $67,480 to catalog and preserve the C. Owen Smithers Photograph Collection. Aubrey is also a member of the Montana State Historical Records and Advisory Board. She has her B.S. in Public Relations from Montana State University-Billings.

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    Kim Murphy Kohn

    Archives Staff
    Phone: (406) 782-3280
    Kim first came to Butte in 1999 to serve as the founding Executive Director of Mainstreet Uptown Butte. Kim has most recently taken on the position of Scheduler and Archives Technician. Kim’s skills are a perfect match for her role of collection management, keeping up with collection back log and assisting with exhibit development. Kim has stepped up to assist with the management of the Clark Chateau, in which she develops exhibits and assists in maintenance of the historic home. Kim was awarded a grant in 2013 from the Montana History Foundation to digitize the Plats of Additions of Butte-Silver Bow, which can now be found on the Montana Memory Project: www.mtmemory.org.

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    Irene Scheidecker

    Archives Staff
    Phone: (406) 782-3280
    Irene came on the Archives staff in 2011 from the Butte Public Library where she was working as a certified librarian. Irene has a degree in Chemistry, but has spent her career working with her true passion in the library and archives fields. Irene is our Senior Technical Archivist and is responsible for the acquisition and cataloging of all incoming collections. Irene has accepted over 1,000 collections comprising over 2,000 linear feet of material. In 2012 Irene co-wrote, edited, and designed Butte’s Croatian-Slovenian Americans which was published by the Friends of the Archives. Irene has a team of dedicated volunteers under her tutelage who assist in the cleaning and scanning of archival material.

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    Harriet Schultz

    Archives Staff
    Phone: (406) 782-3280
    Harriet Schultz is a native of Louisiana. She received her Masters of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama. Harriet has worked as a librarian at the University of Louisiana, the Mobile Public Library, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab of the Alabama Consortium of Marine and Environmental Sciences. Since moving to Butte, she has been both a volunteer and a staff member at the Archives for several years. She has also served as the Museum Manager at the Mai Wah Museum. Harriet is currently working as our Archives Technician and assists with the cataloging of incoming collections and government records.