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Pocatello, Idaho
Preserving the History of the Intermountain West
The Eli M. Oboler Library's Special Collections hold thousands of photographs documenting the region's history. Image courtesy of the Eli M. Oboler Library, Idaho State University.

The Eli M. Oboler Library's Special Collections hold thousands of photographs documenting the region's history. Image courtesy of the Eli M. Oboler Library, Idaho State University.

The Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University houses published and unpublished resources pertaining to the history and culture of the Intermountain West. These include 74,000 photographs, 1,000,000 photographic negatives, and 2,300 maps and architectural drawings depicting the region dating from the 19th century to the present. The collection is vast—and it is also fragile. By supporting the Eli M. Oboler Library with a preservation assessment grant, the NEH took the first step in ensuring that the materials are preserved for future generations. In response to the preservation assessment, the Dean of Libraries immediately allocated $10,000 to purchase recommended preservation materials, and the university committed to sustained support for the special collections and archives.

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