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University Archives

Special Collections and Archives is open! We have different hours and procedures to comply with Boise State University’s safety plan in response to COVID-19. See Using the Collections for more information and contact with any questions.

Share your COVID-19 Stories

We find ourselves living in a historic moment. People of the future will be interested in how we all adjusted to new ways of daily life. The Boise State University Archives wants to collect, share, and preserve your stories about your life during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn more and contribute.

Preserving University History

The University Archives is the repository for university records and publications going back to its founding in 1932. The purpose is to collect, preserve, and make available records which document the history of the University and its operations.

Research University History

Visit our University History Research page to search through databases, inventories, and other resources. Or, visit us in person, we are open to the public and no appointment is necessary.

And check out our historical timelines.

Tours and Presentations

Visit us! We will show you what we have, take you back into our stacks, and share our favorites. We also will speak at any campus or community event about any aspect of Boise State’s history.

Digital Archives

The University Archives also collects and manages digital content, including born digital files like email, websites, and e-documents as well as scanned/digitized material. Some of this content is available to search and download through our University History Research page, please contact us for more information about accessing the material or about donating your electronic content.

Catch the Bronco Spirit!

Bronco Spirit Jingle, 1984-1988

Donate University History

The University Archives actively collects permanent records from departments and offices. Boise State University Policy 1020 governs the disposition of university records. More detail is in the State Board of Education’s records retention schedules. Contact or 208-426-3958 to discuss the transfer of records and papers.

We accept donations from alumni, faculty, students, and anyone with materials related to St. Margaret’s, Boise Junior College, Boise College, Boise State College, and Boise State University. Please contact or 208-426-3958 to discuss your donation.