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


By appointment only with limitations as part of the Library's Covid-19 response. Please see Reading Room Rules for full details.

Contact us by email libspec@uidaho.edu or by phone (208) 885-0845 for help.

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Current Exhibits

Voices of Jazz: Legends That Inspire

American jazz music is characterized by artistic creativity in the form of musical improvisation. These qualities are often most associated with jazz instrumentalists but they are also present in jazz vocalists. Many vocalists have made their mark on jazz by singing with exceptional rhythm, phrasing, vocal range, and improvisation. Voices of Jazz: Legends That Inspire highlights the great American jazz vocalists that have made their way through Idaho and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Stop by the 2nd floor of the library now through March 13th to learn about some of these great vocalists.

Featured Collections

Terry Abraham Web Archive

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 Collections

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