Note: Idaho State Historical Society sites, including the Old Idaho Penitentiary, Franklin and Stricker Ranch Historic Sites, the Idaho State Museum, and the Research Center at the Idaho State Archives will be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20, and all programming and events are currently canceled or postponed until further notice. Essential agency services, as mandated by state statute, will still be offered during the public closure.
This public closure will be in effect until April 6, 2020, unless extended.
Please visit history.idaho.gov/updates for regular updates, free online resources, and more information on services that will still be available during this time.
Plan Your Visit
Idaho State Archives welcomes you to conduct your research on site; staff will assist in providing access to research and historic materials. Please note that some collections may be fragile and require special handling and access provisions. Before you arrive please read our guidelines and check our hours for updated information. You may also begin your research from home by connecting with archives collections online.
UPDATE: The Idaho Constitution exhibit has been postponed until further notice. We are prioritizing the health and safety of visitors and staff above all else and look forward to rescheduling the exhibit and constitution programs in the future.
Following a successful fundraising campaign by the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) and the Foundation for Idaho History, the Idaho State Archives worked with the Preservation Lab at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library to conserve the Idaho State Constitution. The conservation process included paper conservation, removing laminate from two of the pages, surface cleaning, tear mending, tape removal, humidifying and flattening the document, and attaching a new custom binding.
ISHS partnered with Idaho Public Television to document the history of the Idaho State Constitution and the conservation work, as part of the Idaho Experience documentary series, titled Idaho Constitution Revealed. The documents and photographs represented in the exhibit were featured in the documentary.
You may request research assistance via phone or e-mail. Before submitting your request, please review the guidelines for off-site research.
Bring Home a Piece of Idaho History!
Did you know that you can purchase copies of historic maps, documents, or photos? Reproductions make authentic decor and great gifts. Fees for services directly support the preservation of and access to Idaho’s historical archives.
Need to contact someone at the Idaho State Archives? Check our staff list.