Experience Idaho’s visual history through the extensive photograph collections available at the Idaho State Archives. The photograph collection comprises of hundreds of thousands of images created with the earliest photographic processes to the most recent. The collection serves as a primary source visual documentation of Idaho’s history. From the amateur photographer to the celebrated professional, Idaho’s diverse landscapes and peoples are captured to tell State’s story.
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.
Rates for commercial use of Idaho State Archives collections are negotiated on a case by case basis. This is in addition to Use Fee rates identified in the agency fee schedule.
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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).
Idaho Photographer Collections available to view
- Everett “Shorty” Fuller
- J.A. Hanson
- Leonard J Howard
- Leo J. “Scoop” Leeburn
- Bob Lorimer
- Roland Onffroy
- R. Harold Sigler
The copyright law of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted works. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use”, the user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law. The granting of permission to publish by the society does not absolve users of materials from securing permission from copyright owners and payment of such additional fees as the owners may require if the Society does not own the copyright or if the material is not in the public domain. Applicants assume all responsibility for questions of copyright and invasions of privacy that may arise in copying and in the use made of the photographic copy.