An extraordinary system of cultural and historical resources.

Idaho State Archives

Visit the Idaho State Archives

exterior of the Idaho History Center

The Idaho History Center houses the
Idaho State Archives

Photo Credit: David R. Frazier

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The Idaho State Archives (ISA) and Research Center provides public access to records of fiscal, administrative, legal, vital and long-term research value
to the citizens and government of Idaho.  ISA preserves a large and unique collection of materials that relate to the history of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest, including photographs, books, maps, manuscripts, oral histories, and government records.  Idaho State Archives offers services that are essential to the state on all levels, providing information and understanding to everyone from genealogical/family researchers to publishers and professionals to state and local governments.


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 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. 


Requesting Information

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 décor 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.

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