Marshall Public Library seeks directory donations for Idaho Archives
POCATELLO – The Marshall Public Library hopes you can help preserve some of Pocatello’s past.
The library seeks to fill the gaps in its collection of directories. More specifically, the library is looking for directories of schools and subsequent years.
Pocatello High School
1924, 1954, 1975
Highland High School
1967, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993
Idaho State University (Idaho Academy / Idaho Technical Institute / University of Idaho – South Branch)
before 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1925, 1935, 1938, 1942, 1944, 1945
“Public schools in a community have been and continue to be centers of civic activity, both important and mundane,” said Trent Clegg, Reference Specialist at the Marshall Public Library. “Whether it’s a school dance or a visit from a current or future President of the United States, what happens in our schools is important, and preserving a history of those events. is just as important.
The Library tries to keep two copies of each year in its collection, one “navigation” copy to place on the shelves for the public and one “archival” copy to keep as a backup. The library maintains its collection of directories in its “Idaho Archives” section. Clients use directories to help with genealogical research, organize class meetings, help minors obtain library cards, and more.
In 2016, the Library launched an appeal for directory donations. Since then, the Marshall Public Library has received 155 annuals, enough for the library to send 18 duplicates to the Idaho State Archives in Boise.
“Thank you to the community for their incredible support with this effort so far,” said Clegg. “It’s humiliating to receive this kind of generosity.
Those interested in donating a directory should contact Trent Clegg at 232-1263 ext. 107 or by e-mail to [email protected]
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