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Idaho State Archives Photographs

Black and White; Man Holding an Old Camera

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.  

Purchase Reproductions

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.

Interested in purchasing reproductions?

Questions about reproduction requests may be directed to (208) 334-2620 or by emailing

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).

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