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]

  • Aiken, Katherine; Kevin R. Marsh; Laura Woodworth-Ney (2006). Idaho: The Heroic Journey. Cherbo Publishing Group. ISBN 1-882933-73-7.
  • Bancroft, Hubert Howe (1890). The History of Washington, Idaho and Montana (1845-1889) Vol XXXI. San Francisco, CA: The History Company.
  • Bronsan, Cornelius J. (1918). History of the state of Idaho. New York: C. Scribner's sons.
  • Idaho: The Place and Its People; a History of the Gem State from Prehistoric to Present Days: 3 Volumes. Chicago: American Historical Society. 1933.
  • Elliott, Wallace W. (1884). History of Idaho Territory Showing Its Resources and Advantages; With Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery, Residences, Farms, Mines, Mills. San Francisco.
  • Fisher, Vardis, ed. (1938). The Idaho Encyclopedia:Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration. Works Progress Administration.
  • French, Hiram T. (1914). History of Idaho: a narrative account of its historical progress, its people and its principal interests (PDF). Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co. Volume 2,
  • Hailey, John (1910). The history of Idaho (PDF). Boise, ID: Press of Syms-York Company, Inc.
  • Hawley, James Henry (1920). History of Idaho, the gem of the mountains (Volume 1) (PDF). Chicago: The S. J. Clarke publishing company. Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4
  • McConnell, William John (1913). Early history of Idaho (PDF). Caldwell, ID: Caxton Press.
  • Schwantes, Carlos Arnaldo (1991). In Mountain Shadows: A History of Idaho. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-9241-4.

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]

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.


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.