Bibliography of Idaho history

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History of North Idaho (1903)

The following works deal with the cultural, political, economic, military, biographical and geologic history of pre-territorial Idaho, Idaho Territory and the State of Idaho.

Surveys of Idaho history[edit]

Historic expeditions[edit]

Hayden Geological Survey (1871)[edit]

  • Hayden, F. V. (1880). The Great West: Its Attractions and Resources, Containing a Popular Description of the Marvelous Scenery, Physical Geography, Fossils and Glaciers of the Wonderful Region, And the Recent Explorations of the Yellowstone Park, "The Wonderland of America". Bloomington, IL: Charles R. Brodix. 
  • Merrill, Marlene Deahl, ed. (1999). Yellowstone and the Great West-Journals, Letters and Images from the 1871 Hayden Expedition. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-3148-2. 

Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806)[edit]

  • Ambrose, Stephen E. (1996). Undaunted Courage. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-81107-3. 
  • Russell, Steve F. (2007). Lewis and Clark Across the Mountains: Mapping the Corps of Discovery in Idaho. Boise, ID: Idaho State Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-931406-16-1. 

Business and labor[edit]

  • Aiken, Katherine G. (2005). Idaho's Bunker Hill: the rise and fall of a great mining company, 1885-1981. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-3682-0. 


Military histories[edit]

  • Brown, Colonel W. C. (1926). The Sheepeater Campaign: Idaho 1879. Idaho Historical Society. 
  • Greene, Jerome A. (2000). Nez Perce Summer-The U.S. Army and the Nee-Me-Poo Crisis. Helena, MT: Montana Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-917298-68-3. 
  • Hampton, Bruce (1994). Children of Grace-The Nez Perce War of 1877. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-1991-X. 
  • Kip, Lawrence (1859). Army Life on the Pacific; A Journal of the Expedition Against the Northern Indians, the Tribes of the Coeur D'Alenes, Spokans, and Pelouzes, in the Summer of 1858. New York: Redfield. 
  • West, Elliott (2009). The last Indian war: the Nez Perce story. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-513675-3. 

Primary sources[edit]

Local and regional histories[edit]

Law and order[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

  • Florin, Lambert (1971). Montana, Idaho and Wyoming: Ghost Towns. Seattle: Superior Publishing Company. 
  • Webb, Todd (1961). Gold Strikes and Ghost Towns. Garden City, NJ: Doubleday and Co. 
  • Weis, Norman D. (1972). Ghost Towns of the Northwest. Caldwell, ID: University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press. ISBN 0-87004-201-7. 


  • Ashby, Leroy (1994). Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church. Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press. ISBN 978-0-87422-103-9. 
  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Wyoming. Cheyenne, WY: Wyoming Historical Institute. 1970. [1]
  • Mumey, Nolie (1972). The Life Of Jim Baker 1818-1898. New York: Interland Publishing. 
  • Scherer, Joanna Cohan (2006). A Danish Photographer of Idaho Indians: Benedicte Wrensted. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3684-4. 
  • Scott, Kim Allen (2007). Yellowstone Denied-The Life of Gustavus Cheyney Doane. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3800-8. 
  • Smallwood, William L. (2007). Mcclure of Idaho. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Press. ISBN 0-87004-458-3. 

Memoirs and primary sources[edit]

  • Bonney, Orrin H.; Bonney, Lorraine (1970). Battle Drums and Geysers-The Life And Journals Of Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, Soldier And Explorer Of The Yellowstone And Snake River Regions. Chicago: Swallow Press. 
  • Taylor, Glen Hearst (1979). The Way It Was With Me. ISBN 0-8184-0288-1. 

Political histories[edit]

  • Colson, Dennis C. (1991). Idaho's Constitution: The Tie That Binds. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Press. ISBN 0-89301-265-3. 
  • Limbaugh, Ronald H. (1982). Rocky Mountain Carpetbaggers: Idaho's Territorial Governors, 1863-1890. Moscow, ID: Idaho Research Foundation. ISBN 0-89301-082-0. 
  • Stapilis, Randy (2005). Governing Idaho: Politics, People, and Power. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Press. ISBN 0-87004-447-8. 
  • Stapilis, Randy (2009). Paradox Politics: People and Power in Idaho. Carlton, OR: Ridenbaugh Press. ISBN 0-9824668-0-3. 

Social history[edit]

  • Fetherling, Douglas (1988). The Gold Crusades: A social history of the gold rushes 1849-1929. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-8046-4. 
  • Johnstone, Rachel S. (2009). Inmates of the Idaho Penitentiary 1864-1947. Idaho State Historical Society Press. 


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "University Libraries Wyoming Biography Database". University of Wyoming. Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2011-12-04.  1669pp. 2 Vols. 1,520 biographies


  • American Imprints Inventory (No.13 Idaho (1838-1890)). New York: Kraus Reprint Corporation,. 1964.  (reprints of the original works which were published over the period 1937 to 1942. Extensive run of these bibliographies of United States communities and states prepared by workers of the WPA, under the direction of Douglas C. McMurtrie.)
  • Rees, John E. (1918). Idaho chronology, nomenclature, bibliography (PDF). Chicago: W.B. Conkey Co.