The Boise City Archives is managed by the Boise City Department of Arts & History.  A&H is Boise’s local cultural agency dedicated to fostering a sense of belonging through accessible and place-based arts and history. 

The Department of Arts & History’s mission is to cultivate a distinct sense of place which reflects Boise’s rich past, diverse communities, and unique natural setting. Our operations empower and serve Boise residents as we create opportunities that nurture and sustain Boise’s past and its creative economy.

Since its creation in 2008, the Boise City Department of Arts & History has offered paid public art opportunities, grant funding for Boise individuals and organizations, as well as free and low-cost professional development opportunities for artists and historians.  A&H is committed to preserving Boise City's unique history through the establishment of cultural sites the James Castle House and the Erma Hayman House as well as the Boise City Archives.

Do you have questions about the Boise City Archives?  Please contact the City Archivist, Danielle Grundel at or 208-608-7052.  You can also stay in touch with the Department of Arts & History on social media. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube. Receive news, opportunities, and event updates by signing up for our newsletter: or visiting our website at  

Image credit: Burns Photography Studio Collection, MS100GP-Bx133D-378-003, Boise City Archives