Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives

The Special Collections and Archives department specializes in the acquisition, preservation, and use of research materials that document the cultural and environmental history of Idaho, and the University of Idaho. Our physical collections are available to be used throughout the year via our Reading Room. Many of our collections can also be viewed online, via the library's Digital Collections.

The new Special Collections and Archives Reading Room is in Room 121 on the library's first floor.

Monday - Friday: 10 AM to 2 PM or by appointment.

Closed Weekends

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Current Exhibits

At War!

The effect of World War I on the University of Idaho, 100 years after the war, is explored in a new Special Collections and Archives exhibit on the second floor of the U of I Library. Through newspaper clippings, scrapbook pages, photos and other memorabilia, the “At War!” display provides a glimpse of the Great War's impact on the university community. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 7.

Featured Collections

Historical photograph

This collection consists of the papers of Terry Abraham, former head of our Special Collections and Archives department. Abraham worked at the library for 21 years and was well-known for his scholarship and service to the profession. He passed away in the spring of 2018.

International Jazz Collection

The International Jazz Collection is the premiere jazz archive of the Pacific Northwest and is housed in the University of Idaho Library.