Regional Collections

Collections include the geology, prehistory, resources, culture, histories and stories of the region and those things that create the region's story.
Our collections focus on Idaho but range in detail from science and technology to history and culture.



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

  • early logbooks and tax ledgers from Bonneville County;
  • documents related to Argonne West and EBR-1 and 2;
  • materials from the local chapter of the Odd Fellows;
  • collections from regional journalists and photographers such as Quincy Jensen and Joe Marker;
  • a growing collection of oral histories;
  • minutes from the Music club of Idaho Falls and Village Improvement Society;
  • and many others.

Archival and photographic collections are available for research and use, by appointment only. For assistance with your research, contact the museum Curator.


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 Curley. From Columbian Mammoth specimen to fuel rods from EBR-1, the Museum of Idaho artifact collection preserves and tells the stories of an Idaho experience.

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Looking to do some research?

Our archives are a great place to delve into local and regional history.

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