Use these tools to discover finding aids, collections, and items in Special Collections.
Use to find: Finding aids or indexes to collections
A database containing finding aids from the University of Idaho and other organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Main Library Catalog
Use to find: Rare books and other archival materials
Some historical materials can only be found in the Main Library’s General Catalog, such as our many rare book collections. In some cases, there may be circulating copies of materials that you can check out and take home!
Use to find: Descriptions of photos held in processed collections by Special Collections
The Historical Photograph Database (HistPhoto) is a table that consists of over 90,000 descriptions of individual images held by Special Collections. Images span 1830-2001 with the bulk of the images from the 1880s-1980s.
Use to find: Digitized images, documents, audio, video, maps, scores, newspapers, historical material
Our Digital Collections feature select digitized collections, curated online exhibits, and other digitized material held by Special Collections.
Use to find: Collection titles
Browse through a visual representation of all of our archival and book collections, sortable by subject and searchable by keyword.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Use to find: Digitized U of I theses and dissertations
An open access repository of University of Idaho theses and dissertations.
Idaho Harvester blog
Use to find: Our blog and digitized materials
The Idaho Harvester features the most interesting and unique materials from Special Collections & Archives. We write about the images, stories, and historical narratives that catch our attention. Some posts are lengthier, dealing with complex subjects regarding Idaho history, industry, and the university, while others are shorter celebrations of notable days, people, and events.