Experience Idaho’s visual history through the extensive photograph collections available at the Idaho State Archives. The photograph collection includes over 500,000 images, dating from the Territorial period to present day. The collections offer a variety of subjects, including ethnic, mining, military, railroads, and geographic locations. Noteworthy Idaho photographers are featured, such as Bisbee, Sigler, and Fuller.
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Images from the Idaho State Archives are used in a wide range of publications, business reports and products, educational exhibitions, family histories, office décor – and they make great gifts! Reproductions from the collection are featured in the hearing rooms of the State Capitol, where historical images representing a variety of time periods and subjects can be viewed.
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Search Digital Image Collections
View all digitized collections and search by keyword to search on specific places, subjects or people. Our digital collections represent only a fraction of the over 500,000 images in Idaho State Archives collections. Access to additional images is available at the Merle W. Wells Research Center. Still can’t find what you are looking for? Not able to visit us? Submit a research request to ask for assistance from archives staff (research fees may apply).
Search Photograph Indexes
Search the indexes below by clicking on the highlighted inventory link; then use Ctrl+F to bring up a search window and type in your keyword. The collections below are also represented in our digital collections but may not have been digitized in their entirety.
Everett “Shorty” Fuller:
Everett “Shorty” Fuller was a freelance photographer in the Boise Valley during the 1930s and 1940s. Photos depict candid shots, and major events of the 30s and 40s in rural and urban areas of Boise Valley. Fuller PDF Inventory
J. A. Hanson was a professional photographer with studios in Moscow (in partnership with Henry Erichson), 1890-1892, and Grangeville, 1892-1910. His images capture rarely seen early images of Idaho. Hanson PDF Inventory
Leonard J Howard:
Leonard J Howard documented the important period between 1899 and 1939. Howard traveled throughout Idaho and created a visual history of the roads, construction, and what life was like in Idaho during this time period. Howard PDF Inventory
Leo J. “Scoop” Leeburn:
Leo J. “Scoop” Leeburn was a famous Boise area photographer that captured many iconic Boise images . Leeburn, started his photo journalism career in 1943, took pictures up until his death in 2002 at the age of 81. His photos appeared in The Idaho Statesman and Leeburn has been labeled Boise’s, “Unofficial photographer-at-large,” and “A Boise institution.“ His photographs show Boiseans’ life at work and thier activities. The Boise Urban Renewal Project was also documented by Leeburn. His work has been featured in many exhibits. Leeburn PDF Inventory
Bob Lorimer was a writer, columnist and photographer in the Boise Valley during the 1960s and 1970s. Photographs include various subject of daily life in Boise Valley. Lorimer PDF Inventory
R. Harold Sigler:
The Boise photographer R. Harold Sigler is known for his portraits serving as the official photographer for Boise High School. The Sigler photograph collection includes not only his portraits, but encompasses at least 30,000 individual subjects of urban and rural landscapes, public buildings, churches, businesses and homes, athletic events, parades, and theatrical productions. Sigler photographs offer a visual recording of Boise and South Western towns of Idaho. Sigler PDF Inventory