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The Centennial Annex (at 327 East Second Street) houses Latah County Historical Society's archival, photograph, and object collections, along with a small research library.  Our collections pertain to Latah County history and include materials donated by families, businesses, clubs and organizations, and local newspapers.  These robust collections are utilized by researchers pursuing a variety of projects, from filling in a family tree to figuring out who once lived in their home to writing a popular history book (see Timothy Egan's The Big Burn).  We invite you to stop by our office with your questions or simply your curiousity.  If you cannnot drop in, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. The Centennial Annex is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Research and Reproduction Fees


Background Research

Done by Staff

  • First 30 minutes complimentary

  • Each 30 minutes following $15



  • First 10 copies complimentary

  • Additional copies 10¢/copy



  • First 5 scans complimentary

  • Additional scans 50¢/scan

  • Scans may be emailed or put on a flash drive at no charge

  • Scans may be burned to a disc for $5


Shipping and Handling

  • Rates vary

Located in Moscow's historic neighborhood, the McConnell Mansion is an architectural and historic landmark. William J. McConnell, leading merchant, prominent Republican, and Idaho Governor from 1887 to 1893, built the house in 1886. On the main floor of the house are historic rooms interpreted in different time periods from 1900 to the 1930s. The second floor contains the restored master bedroom and exhibits, including hands-on activities for young visitors. During warm weather, visitors are invited to relax and enjoy refreshments in the backyard garden. The Museum Store carries books on local history, Lewis and Clark books and souvenirs, walking tour brochures, games and toys, and gifts and cards in a Victorian mode.  The mansion is open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A Note to Researchers…


We do not keep Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificates in our archives. 


Please see the following resources:

Latah County Clerk’s Office

Birth records and Coroner’s reports

1893 – 1911


ID State Vital Records Office

Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates

1911 – present (must make formal request)

Marriage certificates and Death records

Beginning of state record keeping – 1980s