About the Museum


The Museum has about 30,000 images as well as archival material relating to the history of the Coeur d'Alene Region. The information is on PastPerfect, a searchable database located at the Museum.
Call for an appointment to use the Library Tuesday through Saturday 208-664-3448 or e-mail or mail us your inquiries.



Museum Newsletter Historical Articles

How Did They Get Those Logs Out of The Woods? Fall 2015
The Little Red Chapel
Summer 2015

Three Historic Buildings Still Serving Spring 2015
2015 Annual Report and Membership list included
Ace Winter 2015
Horse Heaven
Fall 2014
Spirit Lake
Summer 2014
Power to the Farm Spring 2014
Kootenai County Takes Shape Winter 2014
Unfortunate Mister Martin
Fall 2013
Early Kootenai County Churches
Winter 2013
Why is Coeur d'Alene's Main Street Named After a Civil War General?
Fall 2012
Garden & Foster Ave. Tour

 Major Subject Headings:


  • Agriculture
  • Community and industry
  • Farragut Naval Training Station
  • Forest Service history, the St. Joe National Forest, Coeur d‚Alene National Forest and Kaniksu National Forest, donated by the U. S. Forest Service, Panhandle District.
  • Fort Sherman
  • Labor
  • Lake Chatcolet
  • Lake Coeur d'Alene
  • Logging
  • Mills
  • Mullan Road
  • Native Americans with primary focus on the Coeur d'Alene Indians from 1910 to about 1930 in the DeSmet area.
  • North Idaho College
  • Recreation
  • Transportation - Railroads including Northern Pacific, Milwaukee, Coeur d'Alene-Spokane Electric Line, Great Northern, Spokane International and others.
  • Transportation - Steamboat, roads, aviation




  • Information about National Register of Historic Places in Kootenai County. Site forms and surveys completed by the Kootenai County Historic Preservation Commission. Reference materials concerning restoration and preservation of buildings and sites.
  • Books, manuscripts and printed materials on local history, city directories, school annuals, phone books, and a state census index for 1910.
  • Abstracts and indexes of marriage records, school censuses, teacher certificates, cemetery listings, homestead patents, probate records etc. for Kootenai County. These are also available at the Kootenai County Library in Hayden.
  • Reference books about the museum field, preservation, administration, governing boards, developing and maintaining collections, exhibits, fundraising, and oral history are in the research library collection.
  • Newspapers, limited collection. The Hayden Lake Library and North Idaho College have more complete collections of local newspapers on microfilm. In its Northwest Room, the Spokane Public Library has The Spokesman Review with indexing up to the 1920s.
  • Oral history tapes about labor history in the lumbering industry. North Idaho College has a large oral history collection.

Available for Loan:

  • Mounted photo for display by government or nonprofit organizations
  • Traveling exhibit on the history of fire
  • 2 boxes of artifacts for school use, Daily Lives and Men at Work.

Ordering Photographs:
 Price List for
Photographic Services:


 Non-commercial use -

  • Photograph reproductions not intended to produce a profit, such as personal use, schools, non-profit organizations, churches and government agencies
  • 4"x 5"    $5.00.    11" x 14" - $25.00
  • 5" x 7"    $8.00.   16" x 20" - $40.00
  • 8" x 10" $15.00.  Laser copy - $3.00
  • Canvas Wrap: Contact the Museum for information

Museum Members receive a 10% discount except on laser copies.

Shipping & Handling:

Shipping on mail orders $1.00 for single 5 x 7 and $2.00 for others, larger sizes more.



Scanned 300 dpi tiff or jpg 8"x10" $10.00 per image.

$1.00 per print retrieval fee for you to scan or video on site.

Commercial Use -

The use of Museum of North Idaho photo reproductions in a medium intended to produce a profit, such as books, periodicals, advertising, commercial displays. Fees are per image in addition to reproduction costs. Photos are released for a one-time use only and if re-use is required permission must again be obtained.

Printing or distribution of up to 3,000 $10 use fee per image
Printing or distribution over 3,000 $20 use fee per image

Credit Line:

With public presentation, please give the following credit line:  Museum of North Idaho Photo.


Original photographs are not loaned.  Photographs from the duplicate file and slides are loaned for public presentations, educational purposes, etc.

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