Established in 1994 as a part of the McCain Challenge, the Ethnographic Archive of the Intermountain West was created by the Department of Anthropology and the Special Collections Department of the BSU Library to house primary cultural materials representing a broad cross-section of the people and cultures in the Intermountain West.  Composed primarily of audio, video and "personal documents" (diaries, ephemera, photographs); the archive seeks to build a repository of cultural information that is accessible to the public and scholars.  The emphasis in the collection is on documentation of cultural groups located in the Intermountain West.  Cultural materials from occupational, ethnic, generational, regional, gender-based, recreational and other subcultures are included.