Historic preservation at the Lewiston City Library is reflected in the small but significant collections in our holdings, and in efforts to preserve and make them available to the public.
Collections contain bound copies of the Lewiston Teller dating in the late 19th century, some minor correspondence of H.L. Talkington, various pamphlets on the early history of the city which were designed to draw people to settle here, etc. Also included are several plat maps of early Lewiston, which are mounted and framed for display in the library Genealogy area. The originals have been scanned and are now stored in an archival storage container for safe keeping. The scanned image copies are now being displayed and preservation photocopies are also available for patron use. The assistance of Eloise Young, our volunteer preservation specialist, has been invaluable.
The Lewiston City Library is also participating in the Idaho State Historic Documents
project. We have two projects in the database: The Fred Nordgaard Barbershop Quartet Scrapbooks
and Early Lewiston Images.
The Library obtained the scrapbooks of Fred Nordgaard, a leader in the Confluence of Note
barbershop quartet, in 2005. The images of early Lewiston in the database are primarily from the Engstrom Studio Collection, with a few others.