Department of Special Collections and University Archives

University Archives

The purpose of the University Archives is to collect, preserve, and administer the records which document the history of Idaho State University and its operations. Due to a number of factors, including privacy legislation concerning student records and other related laws, materials housed in the University Archives may require permission from the Head of Special Collections and University Archives in order to be viewed. The Head may, in turn, contact the designated administrator for permission, depending on content. While these records are part of the "public record" of the state, Idaho Code recognizes several exemptions from disclosure.

During the summer of 2000, the University President initiated a comprehensive review of records management across the university, which affected this practice. A policy is now in place advising university departments, colleges and institutes how to determine which of their records are permanent (defined on the Records and Information Management web page) and how to prepare them for transfer to University Archives.

Our Collections

The Collections included in the University Archives come in a variety of formats from all departments on campus. Some of our major holdings include:

Albion State Normal School Records
Annual Budget Reports
News Releases
President’s Office Records

All transfer of historic materials should be arranged for in advance by contacting the Head of Special Collections and University Archives by calling (208) 282-3608 with any questions and requests for forms.

If you have questions about ISU Records and Information Management, please contact our Records Manager, Monte Asche at (208)282-3045 or via email: The ISU Records and Information Management Program, defined by ISU policy is aligned with the Eli M. Oboler Library due to its connection to the identification of permanent or historic records.

For students records and transcripts contact:

Registrar/Transcripts – (208) 282-2661
Office of Student Financial Aid – (208) 282-2756
Graduate School Admissions and Records – (208) 282-2150