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Collections

Digital Collections include photographs, documents, maps, scrapbooks, and other resources about the history, culture, and people of Idaho and of Boise State University.

McCain Collection for Western Life was established in 1993 to augment Albertsons Library’s holdings on the Western US. The collection was made possible through a generous endowment by Warren E. and Bernie McCain, supplemented by a successful one million dollar challenge grant. There are books, journals, microforms, and other media documenting the Western US (beyond the 100th meridian), including history, literature, anthropology, geography, politics, economics, cultural life, frontier experience, and Native American tribes.

Special Collections and Archives was founded in 1973 and is a resource for the university, local, and Idaho history. We welcome anyone from the campus or public communities to view or research our collections.

Special Collections and Archives’ Book Collections span the 16th through 21st centuries and represent the history of bookmaking, contemporary book arts, Basque history and culture, Idaho history, Idaho authors, faculty publications, dime novels, the de Groot and Bittner collections about Ernest Hemingway, and hard-to-find publications on contemporary issues such as wolf reintroduction and ethanol production.