Today in History: Montana

See America Welcome to Montana

Today in History–May 26–the Library of Congress features Montana, which first became a territory on this date in 1864 approximately four years after gold was discovered. Twenty-five years later, in 1889, Montana became the forty-first state. Numerous Native American tribes called Montana home and many still do. Learn more about big sky country by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures related to this mountainous state.

Montana stories from America’s Library

Montana primary source set

Montana reservations primary source set

Montana maps

Montana images

Montana films & webcasts

Montana Folklife Survey Collection

Montana life histories

Montana oral histories

Montana by wagon train” journal from 1865 April 14-November 9

Montana books & other texts

Montana historical newspapers

Montana sheet music

Montana legislation

Montana Guide to Law Online

Montana-related posts on PSN

More U.S. state primary source collections