Friends of the Archives

The Friends of the Butte Archives is an educational and charitable organization that was established in 1999 to promote, assist, and benefit the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives. The non-profit 501(C)3 organization is managed by a seven-member Board of Directors. The Friends hosts numerous events and activities at the Archives and raises funds for the Archives through the sale of publications, acceptance of memorials and other donations, and sponsoring events. 

James F. Michelotti

James F Michelotti
Jim is a Butte native who grew up in the Meaderville and McQueen neighborhoods. He is a graduate of Boys’ Central High School and Carroll College with a B.S. in Mathematics. He continued his education, earning an M.S. in Computer Science and an M.B.A. in Business Administration. Jim worked for Boeing in Washington and IBM in Butte before taking a position with Montana Tech. He spent the next 30 years working in administration with the college and teaching computer science. Jim volunteers with the Archives and the Knights of Columbus, and maintains a passion for Butte history. He is an active member of the Christoforo Columbo Lodge, an Italian organization that has roots in Butte back to the late 1880s.

Scott Juskiewicz


Scott JuskiewiczScott has been the Director of the Montana Tech Library since 2014. He received his B.A. in History from Ithaca College in 1993 and his Masters in Information Science (MSIS) from the University at Albany in 2005. Prior to joining the faculty at Montana Tech in 2008, Scott worked at the New York State Library and the E.S. Bird Library at Syracuse University.

Tom Mulcahy


Tom MulcahyTom is a native of Butte, having graduated from Butte Central High School. He attended Gonzaga University and graduated with a B.Ed., a B.A. in philosophy, and a Masters in administration. He also holds an M.A. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He taught high school in Portland and Seattle and was on the staff at Gonzaga. He holds secondary teaching certificates in both Oregon and Washington and principal’s credentials in Washington. He is a former professional baseball player and a major league scout and was Director of Group Sales and Season Tickets for the San Diego Padres for over 24 years. He returned to Butte after being in San Diego and Spokane for 45 years. His hobbies are painting and drawing American Indians and doing genealogy in the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives.

Jim McCarthy


Jim McCarthyJim McCarthy was born and raised in Butte and graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. Degree in History and Political Science. He was employed by Butte-Silver Bow for 35 years as Park Superintendent and Road Foreman, until he retired in 2009. Jim volunteers at the Archives and was an integral part of moving the Archives from its temporary location to the newly renovated building. He also helps with the Butte Adult Education classes on history and is an advisor for Butte High’s Montana History Club.

Kathy Morris

Kathy MorrisKathleen was born and raised in Butte, MT. Her formal education includes a B.A. in Education (1972) from the University of Montana and M.A. in Computers in Education (1985) from Columbia University, New York. During the 1984-85 school year, the Butte School District #1 granted Kathy a sabbatical leave to pursue her M. A. She was a first grade teacher for 31 years before retiring in 2001. After completing her volunteer project, landscaping the Babyland section of the Holy Cross cemetery in Butte, Kathy completed the Master Gardener program through the Montana State Extension Office.

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'BrienJim is a Butte native who graduated from Boys’ Central, received a B.A. in political science from the University of Montana and an M.S. in industrial technology education from the University of Idaho. He worked for 35 years in various industrial safety positions and returned to Butte upon his retirement in 2010. He previously volunteered at the Butte Emergency Food Bank and is now a volunteer at the Archives.

Cheryl Ackerman


Cheryl AckermanCheryl was born and raised in Butte, having graduated from Butte High School and attended Montana Tech. She has been employed at the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce for the last 9 years. Growing up in Butte, Cheryl knows that Butte is known as the “Richest Hill on Earth”. Since working at the Chamber she has rediscovered the historic and architectural riches Butte has to offer. Cheryl enjoys sharing this information with the many visitors that pass through the Chamber doors all year long. She is an avid photographer; creatively promoting Butte (past and present) through her pictures. Cheryl has also worked with local schools and community groups to promote Butte through video photo stories.