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Boise City Department of Arts & History records

Identifier: RG 005

Content Description

The collection documents the actions and activities of the Boise City Department of Arts & History including its administration, finances, events, projects, and programs. The records consist of correspondence, meeting minutes and materials, newspaper articles, architectural drawings, reports, surveys, promotional material, grant applications, artist submissions, and publications. The collection also contains photographic and audiovisual documentation of events.


  • 1931-2022
  • Majority of material found within 2008-2020


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Records exempt from disclosure under Idaho Public Records Law and Attorney-Client Privilege are closed.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Copyright retained by respective creators of material submitted to Boise City Department of Arts & History. Consult the archivist for details.

Biographical / Historical

The Boise City Department of Arts & History was established through passage of an ordinance by the Boise City Council in 2008. The establishment and duties of the Department are outlined in Title 1 § 10K of the Boise City Code. The Department grew out of a merge of the former Boise City Arts Commission (1978-2008) and the Office of the City Historian (2004-2008).

Coinciding with the establishment of the Department of Arts & History, the Boise City Arts Commission was changed to Boise City Arts & History Commission. The commission assists with review and approval of programs, projects, strategic planning processes, and promotion of events and programs.

The mission of the Department of Arts & History is to preserve Boise’s character and enhance the community by providing leadership, advocacy, education, services, and support for arts and history. To fulfill its mission the department develops and manages a collection of public art, archival material, and historic artifacts and offers paid public art opportunities, grant funding, and educational and cultural opportunities through tours, performances, talks, residency programs, and community partnerships. The department also overseas cultural sites including the James Castle House and Erma Hayman House.

Today, the department has 14 employees overseeing five major program areas including the Archives, Cultural Sites, Grants, History, and Public Art.


26.5 Cubic Feet (40 boxes and 4 oversize folders)

695 Megabytes (1, 147 computer files )

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The collection is arranged in four series, all of which have been further arranged in subseries. The series arrangement of the records is as follows:
Series 1: Subject Files
Subseries 1: Administrative
Subseries 2: Events and Projects
Subseries 3: Finance
Subseries 4: Planning
Subseries 5: Research
Series 2: Programs
Subseries 1: Archives
Subseries 2: Cultural Sites
Subseries 3: Grants
Subseries 4: History
Subseries 5: Public Art
Series 3: Boise 150
Subseries 1: Administrative and Planning
Subseries 2: Marketing
Subseries 3: Projects and Events
Series 4: Director’s Papers
Subseries 1: Terri Schorzman

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Events and artist submission audiovisual recordings on DVD and CD.

Physical Location

Material is stored off-site; advance notice is required.


Further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Arrangement scheme imposed during processing in the absence of usable original order. Materials contained in Series 3 were processed in 2015 by Arts & History Staff as a stand-alone collection. Unprocessed accruals were surveyed, and a new arrangement was imposed to create a single collection containing the entirety of material created by the Boise City Department of Arts & History.

Description based on DACS. Finding aid written by Annie Schmid, 2023.

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Repository Details

Part of the Collections Repository

150 N Capitol Blvd
PO Box 500
Boise Idaho 83701