Researching at the Idaho State Archives amid the Covid19 Pandemic

The Idaho State Historical Society’s COVID-19 protocols are based on direction given in the Office of the Governor’s Idaho Rebounds Plan, in addition to health and safety guidelines outlined by the CDC and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Staff and visitor safety remain the highest priority. Face coverings are required by visitors and staff to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

During the Covid19 pandemic, ISA will apply the following procedures:

  • Virtual reference service will meet the need for most researchers and many requests can be fulfilled by email.
  • Researchers should email their research questions to
  • Information about our collections, catalogs, digitized content, and helpful indexes are available at by clicking the Research tab.
  • Information about photograph requests is available at
  • The Idaho State Archives is open to walk-in researchers during our regular hours of operation.
  • Advanced appointments are encouraged when researchers require access to archival records in the Lincoln Reading Room (main areas of the Research Center, i.e., the library, microfilm room, photo boards, etc., do not require an advanced appointment).
  • Appointments are generally scheduled 48 hours in advance during regularly scheduled hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Appointments are incrementally scheduled to provide a healthy and secure space for researchers to access archival material.

The following recommendations apply for onsite access at the Merle W. Wells Research Center:

  • If you have been diagnosed with or experienced any illness symptoms commonly associated with Covid19 in the last 14 days, or if you have cared for anyone with Covid19 or its symptoms in the last 14 days, you are not allowed to visit our site.
  • To be compliant with local laws, all Idaho State Historical Society properties within Boise City limits now require the wearing of masks.
  • It is requested that researchers wash hands before entering the Idaho State Archives.
  • It is requested that researchers practice social distancing guidelines released by the CDC when visiting the Merle W. Wells Research Center.
  • Please also review these general but important guidelines:

If you have questions or would like to secure an appointment please contact us at