Research & Collections



The archival collection at the Museum of Idaho is comprised of primary source documents and materials, including a large collection of historic and regional photographs, and a non-circulating library of printed materials. The archives is also host to large historic collections, such as:

  • documents related to Argonne West and EBR-1 and 2
  • early city and county logbooks, tax ledgers, and police records
  • materials from early civic clubs such as the Village Improvement Society, Odd Fellows, and Music Club of Idaho Falls
  • collections from regional journalists and photographers
  • oral histories

Archival collections are available for research and use by appointment only. To make an appointment, use the form below.


The artifact collection at the Museum of Idaho tells stories rich in diversity with artifacts and objects that speak to the complexity of resources and resourcefulness, human interaction and impact, and transformation and transmigration. Artifact collections include pieces from colorful characters like the Keefer twins and Dugout Dick, and strong-willed western women such as Minnie Hitt and Kate Baker Curley. From Columbian mammoth specimen to fuel rods from EBR-1, the Museum of Idaho artifact collection preserves and tells the stories of the Idaho experience.

Research in the archives

To initiate an appointment to conduct research in our archives, please fill out the form below, and our archival staff will contact you.

Donate an artifact

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, the Museum of Idaho has amassed a sizable collection of artifacts, objects, and specimen. We are careful to accept only donations that adhere to our mission, avoid duplication, and assure the best use of our resources. All potential donations go through a review process overseen by experts qualified to assess the relevance and suitability of items according to our policies.

If you have an item you'd like us to consider, please fill out the form below and our curatorial department will contact you. Thank you.