Friday, April 23, 2010

Public Archives

The Idaho State Historical Society serves as the state archives and holds a variety of public records created by state and local governments, such as state agencies, counties and cities. The collection includes territorial records; papers from most governors; selected vital, financial and court records; and a variety of other materials. The library is located at 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, Idaho. The library holds a substantial collection of Idaho newspapers on microfilm, including both daily and weekly titles, and a variety of irregularly published materials. Also available are a limited number of early titles from other western states, such as California, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Newspapers contain a variety of information that could be very useful in your searches. For example, you may find information on marriage, birth and death notices, local "gossip" columns, legal notices, announcements, etc. To see an index of newspaper holdings and the years available see the PARL site: Search by city names (also search in nearby cities for information as well.) For other records available at the library, visit online at