An extraordinary system of cultural and historical resources.


ISHS Publications

We seek to create books and other publications for a broad audience of general readers and specialists.  Understanding that where we come from is crucial to who we are, ISHS publishes books that explore the importance of place in this rich and varied region we call home. 

To purchase publications:

  1. Submit online order form
  2. Call ISHS at (208)334-2682
  3. E-mail
  4. Sales tax and shipping and handling fees apply

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book coverIda Visits 150 Years of Idaho

The First Lady Lori Otter is passionate about education and literacy. This passion led the First Lady to collaboration with the Idaho State Historical Society in the creation of Ida Visits 150 Years of Idaho to help fourth graders learn about Idaho's history. A legacy project of the Idaho at 150 territorial sesquicentennial this gift to Idaho children is an excellent educational resource for Idaho teachers and students. Told through the beloved character of Ida Jones with rich illustration by Chris Latter, people of all ages will enjoy learning Idaho’s diverse history while engaging in stories of the people and places that make our state such a great place to live today.

The price is $24.95 for hardbound books and $12.95 for softbound. Classroom sets available at a discounted rate of 10% off for 10 books, 20% off for 20 books, and 30% off for a classroom set of 30. For more information and shipping and handling fees please call (208) 514-2302.

Special Edition of Idaho Landscapes  

Idaho Landscapes is the state’s only peer-reviewed journal of popular scholarship. The latest issue of Idaho Landscapes is in recognition of the 150th anniversary of Idaho territory, this special commemorative issue of Landscapes is devoted to Idaho in 1863, the year Idaho became a territory.  We believe it represents the best ever writing on Idaho's territorial period, from some of the state's leading scholars.  This issue of Idaho Landscapes was a collaborative project of the Idaho State Historical Society, Idaho State University, and the University of Idaho.  March 2013 edition.

Price: $8.00

Max Pavesic Festschrift

A volume honoring the long career in Idaho archaeology of Max G. Pavesic has been published as Memoir 7 of the Journal of Northwest Anthropology.  Max was the former chair of the Idaho State Historical Society’s Board of Trustees, among many other positions.  The nine papers include contributions by former and current staff at the State Historic Preservation Office, and former students of Max during his long and distinguished tenure at Boise State University, as well as university and state agency colleagues.  The papers address prehistoric mortuary patterns, rock art, caching behavior, and radiocarbon dating, and include an overview of Max’s career and a list of his many publications. 

Price: $25.00

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Lewis and Clark Across the Mountains: Mapping the Corps of Discovery in Idaho, Steve F. Russell

Follow the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition across Idaho including 38 full-color maps detailing the Corps' travels across the state, black and white photographs, and descriptions of the trip. 

Price $20.00


Idaho: The Heroic Journey

Written by Idaho history professors Katherine Aiken, Kevin Marsh, and Laura Woodworth-Ney, this beautiful, 335-page illustrated history of Idaho is the official centennial publication of the Idaho State Historical Society, commemorating its 100th Birthday.

Price $49.95 

book coverInmates of the Idaho Penitentiary 1864-1947, Rachel Johnstone

This chronological and indexed catalog provides a comprehensive list of Idaho territorial and state penitentiary prisoners— men, women, and children— between the years 1864 and 1947. The catalog provides access to inmate files in the custody of the Idaho State Historical Society by names, aliases, register number, crime, county or jurisdiction, age, year of birth and year of incarceration, and provides cross-references to establish the identities of inmates for whom individual case files do not survive.

Price $24.00 

Jesús Urquides: Idaho's Premier Muleteer, Max Delgado

An illustrated, bilingual book about one of Idaho's earliest Mexican American pioneers.  Jesús Urquides was born in Sonora, Mexico in 1833, and ran mule trains to mining camps throughout Idaho. The book highlights other Mexican American pioneer families as well.

Ya está a la venta un nuevo libro bilingüe con ilustraciones, acerca de un pionero méxico-americano que vivió a principios del desarrollo de Idaho. El pionero Jesús Urquides nació en el estado mexicano de Sonora en 1833, y trabajó llevando mulas de carga a los campos mineros de todo Idaho. El libro también incluye información sobre otras familias pioneras mexico-americanas.

Price $12.00 

book coverSitting Tall: Saddles and Saddlemaking in Idaho, edited by Linda Morton-Keithley

This volume of essays shares the fascinating story of a classic western icon--the saddle.  Sitting Tall is richly illustrated with photographs and newspaper advertisements from the collection of the State Archives.

Price $14.95


The First Idahoans: A Paleoindian Context for Idaho, by Robert M. Yohe II and James C. Woods, (2002)

This research context reviews evidence from 15 ancient sites in Idaho relating to the initial human colonization of our state.   Profusely illustrated with line drawings of diagnostic artifacts and maps and charts showing migration routes and settlement chronologies.

Price  $15.00 


Mining Idaho’s History: Metal Mining in Idaho 1860-1960, by Kathryn L. McKay, edited by Elizabeth J. Cunningham, (2011)

This research context reviews the history of metal mining in Idaho during the crucial first century of our state’s history, between the Civil War and Cold War.  Generously illustrated with period photographs, maps, profiles, sketches, and schematics, and accompanied by a timeline, glossary, and comprehensive bibliography organized by Idaho’s 44 counties. 

Price $30.00



Other Publications 

Past Issues of Idaho Landscapes Journal and Idaho Yesterdays e-Journal
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Idaho Landscapes was the state’s only peer-reviewed journal of popular scholarship.  Published jointly by the Idaho State Historical Society, Boise State University, and Idaho State University, Idaho Landscapes was the print companion to the e-Journal Idaho Yesterdays.  The print magazine and the online journal worked together to provide the best writing and photography concerning history and culture in Idaho and the Intermountain West.

Price: $10.00 

Histor-e ISHS Electronic Newsletter

The electronically delivered Histor-e began in the summer/fall of 2007 as a way of keeping stakeholders in touch with Idaho State Historical Society programs, upcoming events, and news of awards or other relevant information.  Histor-e is produced every other month.

Mountain Light Newsletter

Mountain Light is the newsletter publication of ISHS that keeps members and donors to the Society up to date on how their donations are benefitting history in Idaho. 

Back Issues of ISHS Publications

While some issues of Idaho Yesterdays -- which has been published since 1957 -- are out of print, photocopies may be available at cost. Back issues of Mountain Light and TimeLine are not available.

 The Idaho Historical Marker Guidebook

Highway Historical Markers will allow you to connect Idaho's lush history with her scenic geography, where Idaho's highways and history intersect. Organized by highway, the guide provides a location and description for over 240 historical markers. The guide is also packed with 90 drawings, maps and old-time photos. 

Available Free online.