Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Special Collections and Archives at the Eli M. Oboler Library, Idaho State University acquires, preserves, and makes accessible research materials that document the historical, cultural, and folk life experience of Southeast Idaho, the Intermountain West, and the history of Idaho State University.
While the holdings in our collections are developed in relation to instructional and research interests within the University, all holdings are available for use by visiting scholars and the general public as well as by Idaho State University faculty and students.
Special Collections and Archives welcome donations of materials pertaining to our geographic collecting scope. We will consider offers for donations of literary papers, family papers, business and organizational records, diaries, journals, personal memoirs, photographs, maps, and other materials that support the collection’s focus. Offers will be evaluated based on the availability of resources to properly care for the materials, as well as on their potential research value. All gifts are acknowledged unless requested otherwise. Donors will be asked to sign an official deed of gift acknowledging the donation.
Valuation of Gifts
As per United States federal tax regulations, Special Collections cannot provide monetary appraisals or estimates of value for donors. Those wishing to take deductions on their personal income taxes are encouraged to seek the services of a qualified appraiser. The American Society of Appraisers publishes a directory of certified appraisers by state and by specialty.
The Collections included in the Department come in many forms. Our major holdings include:
The Intermountain West Collection
Rare Books Collections
Due to the nature of its collections, the Department has specific guidelines for access and use of its materials. All of the collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Department's reading room area. Patrons will be required to sign-in upon arrival and adhere to the Department’s Reading Room Policies. Photocopies and/or scans of materials may be made by Department staff only when doing so will not damage the item(s).
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. The copying of materials may be handled only by library staff; therefore, because of limited availability of staff, patrons may need to make arrangements for a later pickup or for delivery.
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.
Our normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; all other times are by appointment only. Since we are a small staff, we sometimes have to close intermittently; hours are also subject to change during times when the University is not in session. Therefore, 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 additional information, please contact:
Ellen M. Ryan, M.A., M.L.I.S.
Head of Special Collections & University Archives
Eli M. Oboler Library, Room 36B
850 South 9th Avenue
Campus Box 8089
Pocatello, ID 83209-8089
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