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Boise State student helps preserve local music history

The Record Exchange, located in downtown Boise, is working with Boise State’s Special Collections and Archives at Albertsons Library to establish an archive of the store’s history and the local and statewide music scenes. It aims to highlight and preserve local music history through the lens of Boise’s longtime record store.

Cora Lee Oxley

The partnership was initiated by Cora Lee Oxley, a Boise State senior. Oxley grew up in Letha, Idaho, and will soon graduate with a degree in humanities and cultural studies, with an emphasis in public humanities and a minor in English literature. She’s also a former employee of the Record Exchange.  

Musicians based in Idaho, or with ties to the Gem State – especially Boise and the greater Treasure Valley – are encouraged to submit their music. It can be on vinyl, CD, cassette or digital files. Recordings will be accepted from any time period: officially or unofficially released, released through a record label, or independently released. All donated music will be preserved by special collections and archives and made available for research.

The Record Exchange is accepting recorded music submissions in person during regular business hours. They will accept multiple formats for the same release, or donors can choose one format to contribute. Recordings will be collected, and transferred to special collections and archives, on an ongoing basis. Contact Cheryl Oestreicher, professor and head of Special Collections and Archives, at for additional information.