An extraordinary system of cultural and historic 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

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.

Idaho State Archives welcomes patrons to conduct their research on site and staff will happily assist in providing access to research and historic materials. Please note that collections may be fragile and require special handling and access provisions.  To prepare for your visit, please review the guidelines for on-site research.

Requesting Information

Patrons may request research assistance via phone, fax, or e-mail.  Before submitting your request, please review the guidelines for off-site research

Fees for offsite government records requests are:

     $38.00 research/pull fee
     $ 2.00 mailing
     $ 0.50 per page copied (plus Idaho sales tax)
     $ 5.00 certification


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.