Donations to the Historical Photo Collection
In building our Boise by Burns website, our intention is to share our early negative files with people interested in the history of Boise and families who might want pictures for genealogic use. We considered donating the files to an institution for public access and display, but found that the negatives needed to be better identified and organized for scanning and entry into a database. In the current economic climate, leaving a project like this to an institution would have taken years to complete. We decided to begin the project ourselves, matching files to early ledgers for more consistent identification. The work on the early negatives has been slow, but satisfying.