The University of Idaho Library's Campus Photograph Collection is a collection of digitized historical images of the University of Idaho campus, focusing on the physical structures that populate the UI's main campus in Moscow, ID. This digital collection is mostly taken from the library's Special Collections & Archive's UI Historic Campus Photographs Collection, which is referred to as Photograph Group 1 (PG1).
The collection comprises thousands of images spanning from 1889 to the early 1990s and includes photography of buildings that have been demolished, added-on-to, or moved (in a couple cases.) Color images of recent buildings added to campus since the 1970s have been added for continuity.
The UI's colleges, schools, and organizations have often changed buildings several times in campus history to accommodate cultural change and academic growth. For example, the Armory is a title that has been owned by three different buildings, one of which no longer exists. Thus, it is very important to note the dates for which one is seeking images. For example, if one is looking for a building that is not listed on our buildings page or in the drop-down menu at right, he or she can use the search box to find the building sought (e.g. 'infirmary' or 'dairy barn'.)
The UI Library Special Collections and Archives (SPEC) can be found on the first floor of the UI Library to the far left of the Circulation Desk. Researchers can contact SPEC through email: firstname.lastname@example.org; by phone: 208-885-0845; or by visiting the SPEC Reading Room (9:00am to 4:00pm weekdays).
The University of Idaho Library's Digital Initiatives department digitized all the photos in this collection under the direction of Estelle Sertich and Kevin Dobbins.
Almost all of the content in this website was generated, vetted, or compiled via the tireless efforts of Jordan Wrigley, 125th Anniversary Intern in the Special Collections & Archives Department. We are also grateful to Michael McMullin for providing us with geolocation detecting code for the mobile map site. Questions or comments can be directed to the digital initaitives librarian, Devin Becker.
Presently, the Campus Photograph Collection does not include the Greek houses.
This is for two reasons: 1) the PG1 collection contains very few photos of the Greek houses in particular, and 2) though the university has historically owned the land that the Greek houses sit on, the university does not own the structures themselves.
Researchers seeking historic images of Greek houses may wish to investigate the Finding Aid of the Campus Activities Photographic Collection or Photograph Group #2 (PG2).
PG2 is currently in the digitization process, but can be viewed by locating individual images by call numbers in the Finding Aid and visiting the Special Collections Reading Room.