Hours of Operation
Researchers are highly encouraged to contact the Department prior to their visit to ensure access
to the materials required. Advanced notice of your visit and research topic will also enable
archives staff to prepare for your visit and provide better service. We want to make your research
experience as productive as possible.
For research and reference requests, or to make an appointment, please email us at
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Directions to Special Collections
Special Collections is located on the lower level of Oboler Library in Room 39. Information on getting to Pocatello, parking on campus, and obtaining parking passes is available through the Department of Public Safety.
Since we are a small staff, our normal hours of operation can change each semester based on student worker availability. On occasion we do have to close intermittently and hours are subject to change during times when the University is not in session. For our most current hours please consult the page of this website.
Special Collection Policies/Fees
Teaching with Special Collections Materials
Special Collections and Archives is committed to integrating rare books, archives, and
manuscripts from the collections into the ISU curriculum. Building class discussions or
assignments around archival materials or rare books can provide an engaging, multi-sensory
experience for your students that can lead to unexpected insights. In recent years, we have
collaborated with faculty from across a number of disciplines – History, English, Anthropology,
Theatre, Music, Art, CMP, Education, and Business – and have found meaningful ways to use
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Class use of our collections can range from having your students spend a single, highly focused
class period examining and discussing documents relevant to your course themes to short-term
and even full-semester research projects. We are also available to give your class hands-on
instruction in finding and working with primary source materials and to assist individual students
who choose to pursue research projects or assignments using Special Collections materials.
Several students have recently completed for-credit internships in Special Collections; projects
for internships are developed in advance and in consultation with the student and their faculty
advisor to enhance the student’s subject interests while meeting the requirements of their
Instruction in Special Collections and Archives is a collaborative process. Special Collections
and Archives faculty will either lead the class session or co-lead with the course instructor.
Every instruction session will receive a standard 10-15 minute introduction that covers a
department overview and proper care and handling of archival materials.
If you are interested in holding a session in Special Collections and Archives, please contact us
well in advance to discuss materials, topics, and the structure of the session. We are very happy
to meet with you to develop and discuss assignments using our collections. We request
submission of Instruction Requests at least two weeks in advance.
For large, semester-long projects that involve digitization, processing collections, and/or one-on-
one consultation and training with students that will require more than four hours of Special
Collections and Archives’ time - including instruction - advanced discussion with the head of the
department prior to scheduling, is required. Discussion and planning one semester in advance has
resulted in successful projects we have completed with other departments. Given the limited
staff, time, and resources of the Special Collections and Archives department, we may not
always be able to accommodate such projects. To discuss your project, please call
一道本不卡免费高清(208) 282-3608 to schedule an appointment.
Due to the nature of its collections, Special Collections has specific guidelines for access and use
of its materials. All of the collections are non-circulating and must be used in the designated
reading room located in the lower level of the Oboler Library. Patrons will be required to sign-in
upon arrival and adhere to the Reading Room Policies.
Only Special Collections and Archives staff will provide photocopies and/or scans of materials;
requests for media use of materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In both instances
media use of our materials will be allowed only when doing so will not damage the item(s),
requests comply with United States Copyright Law, privacy laws, donor’s wishes, and all fees
Intermountain West Collection
The Intermountain West Collection consists of secondary sources including monographs, maps,
and other reference materials that complement our manuscript collections, focusing on Pocatello,
southeast Idaho, and parts of northern Utah. All of the books are searchable using the Library Catalog.
There are presently over 300 separate manuscript collections deemed of high research value
pertaining to the history of southeast Idaho, the Intermountain West, and the U. S. westward
expansion dating from the early 19th century through the present. The collections include
thousands of maps and architectural drawings; photographic prints and negatives; scrapbooks,
ephemera, correspondence, personal papers, business records, oral histories, sound recordings,
microfilm, aerial photographs, newspapers, and drawings.
When possible, Special Collections works to make available digital versions of materials from its
manuscript and university archives collections. Scanned photographs and text enhance and
support our collection areas, offering a way to view primary sources online from anywhere in the
world. Our digital collections represent only a small percentage of our actual holdings. Original
documents are available for viewing in Special Collections during our regular .
The Bannock County Images project is a digital repository located on the
site through which researchers, students, scholars, genealogists, historic interpreters,
authors, and members of the general public can access information pertaining to Bannock
County, Idaho. It contains a selection of over 150 images representing people, places, and events
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Rare Book Collections
This is a collaborative project between Special Collections and Archives, Eli M. Oboler Library,
Idaho State University; the Bannock County Historical Society; and, the South Bannock County
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The Rare Books Collection contain thousands of volumes published from the 16th thru the 21st
centuries. Among these are a unique collection of 18th century English books and dictionaries
created by Dr. Samuel Johnson and his contemporaries, a growing collection of contemporary
artist’s books, and books pertaining to the American West, the Intermountain West, and Idaho.
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- Book Arts Collection - a growing collection of contemporary artist’s books and
- Early English Dictionaries Collection - a small collection of dictionaries ranging from a
1670 publication of Glossographia to modern reprints
- FOOLs (Friends of Oboler Library) Collection of Censored Books
- H. Alan Robinson Children’s Readers Collection
- Dr. Johnson and His Circle of Friends Collections - Samuel Johnson LL.D. (1709-
1784), often referred to simply as Dr. Johnson, was one of England's greatest literary
figures: a poet, essayist, biographer, lexicographer, and often esteemed the finest literary
critic in English
The purpose of the University Archives is to collect, preserve, and administer records that
document the history of Idaho State University and its operations. Due to a number of factors,
including privacy legislation concerning student records and other related laws, materials housed
in the University Archives may require permission from the Head of Special Collections and
University Archives in order to be viewed. The Head may, in turn, contact the designated
administrator for permission, depending on content. While these records are part of the "public
record" of the state, Idaho Code recognizes several exemptions from disclosure.
Some University Archives materials may be restricted due to federal law. Special Collections
reserves the right to limit the duplication of materials due to copyright, collection donor
restrictions, and confidentiality or related issues. Since the copying of materials is handled by
archives staff, and because of limited availability of staff, patrons may need to arrange for a later
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Transfer of ISU Records to the University Archives
Transfer of any materials related to the history of Idaho State University from any department or
unit on campus must be coordinated in advance and includes filling out all pertinent paperwork.
Please contact the University Archives by calling (208) 282-3608 or email us at
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To obtain copies of student records and transcripts contact:
Registrar/Transcripts – (208) 282-2661
Office of Student Financial Aid – (208) 282-2756
Graduate School Admissions and Records一道本不卡免费高清 – (208) 282-2150