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About Historic Boise State

Boise State University’s rich history is documented in the thousands of photographs, slides, and negatives that comprise the University Archives photo collection. From as far back as the school’s opening day as Boise Junior College on September 6, 1932, photographers have captured on film the buildings, people, events, and academic endeavors that have made Boise State University such an important part of the city of Boise and state of Idaho.

Historic Boise State presents several hundred images that document the university’s history. Most come from the print collection in the Archives and are concentrated in the decades from the 1930s to 1980s. These online images constitute only a fraction of all the images held in the University Archives, so some aspects of the university’s history are not yet extensively covered. Please check back often, as more are being scanned and added to this digital collection every month.


This collection is made available online through the collaboration of Jim Duran, Alan Virta, and Erin Passehl in the Special Collections department.

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