Search Tools

Use these tools to discover finding aids, collections, and items in Special Collections.

Archives West

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.

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Digital Collections

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.

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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 most being from the 1880s-1980s.

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Browse 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.

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Argonaut Collection

Use to find: Digitized copies of the Argonaut

The Argonaut is the student newspaper for the University of Idaho. This digitized collection spans 1898 to 2010.

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Historic Newspaper Collection

Use to find: Historic Idaho and local newspapers on microfilm

Historic newspapers are kept on microform and are available in the Library’s general collections on the third floor of the library. You can search for newspapers by city, county, title, and a range of dates on this index.

Theses and Dissertations

Use to find: U of I theses and dissertations

University of Idaho theses and dissertations have been deposited with Special Collections for more than 100 years. We have options to discover print, microfilm, and digital copies of historic and current research.

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