An extraordinary system of cultural and historical resources.

Guidelines for Researchers

Visiting the Archives to do Research

Boise Theater, July 5, 1961

Photo Credit: Bob Lorimer P2006-18-527

On-site Guidelines

Idaho State Archives welcomes patrons to conduct their research on site.  Because collections may be fragile, highly specialized
and unique, special handling, and access provisions are necessary.


Patrons are asked to help preserve ISA's historic items by following these basic rules:


Bring Flash drive, wallet (to pay for copies, provide photo ID if asked), citations or collection information (if applicable).

Check   Personal belongings such as coats, cellular phones, briefcases, packages and purses in the complimentary lockers provided at Research Center entry.

Silence  Cell phones and take necessary calls in the hallway.

Write   With only pencils and laptop computers.

Wear     Cotton gloves while handling certain archival, and manuscript materials.

Ask      Staff for assistance if you have any questions of concerns regarding the handling of materials.

Eat Only in the lounge.

Note Certain materials may be too fragile to photocopy or may be restricted by copyright.

The use of personal scanners are not permitted. Please ask staff about our Digital Copy Policy if you would like digital reference copies of ISA documents. For more information contact (208) 334-2620 or e-mail.

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