Idaho State Archives Opens New Legal History Exhibit

The Idaho State Archives opened its new exhibit, Gems from Idaho’s Legal History. Idaho’s modern legal history dates to 1863, when President Lincoln created Idaho Territory and appointed three Territorial Supreme Court Justices. In 1890, Idaho’s state constitution confirmed the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government. These branches create, revise, enforce, and confirm the constitutionality of state laws. Counties, cities, and municipalities pass ordinances to regulate local matters, while agencies and other departments, including police, approve policies and procedures to enforce laws.

This exhibit, featuring collections of the Idaho State Archives, highlights the people and places connected with Idaho’s legal history.

The exhibit will be open through the summer and fall season during regular business hours, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am-4 pm.
Photo credit: Ada County Sheriff’s Posse, Boise, ca. 1970. Courtesy Idaho State Archives, Bob Lorimer Collection, P2006-18-591.