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.
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. A representative selection of images is available for search in our digital collections.
To discuss photographic image reproduction orders please call (208) 334-2620 or e-mail us.
Fees for commercial use and research services support preservation and access to Idaho’s historical archives.
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.