• Image of the reconstructed stockade at Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum looking northeast from the Land Bridge.

    Fort Vancouver

    National Historic Site OR,WA


Image of students using the ARC

Park staff in the the Archives and Reference Collection (ARC) assist graduate student research as part of the Public History Field School.

NPS Photo

Whether based on archaeological findings, artifacts in the park's museum collection, or evidence from the historical record, research at Fort Vancouver NHS is done by staff, volunteers, and independent researchers.

In addition to housing a vast collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, Fort Vancouver is also home to a research library and archives, which contains numerous resources on the history of the Pacific Northwest and archaeology, including books, periodicals, and archival documents.

Click the links above to access our online publications, learn more about current research and field work in the park, and find links to other online resources.


If you are interested in researching in the park's library or collections, please contact Curator Tessa Langford by phone at (360) 816-6252, or by email, and consult the documents below to learn more about our policies regarding independent researchers.


Genealogists and researchers seeking Hudson's Bay Company and U.S. Army records, please note that, while the park has a few documents relevant to this type of research on microfilm, we are not a repository of these primary sources. Please contact either the Hudson's Bay Company Archives in Manitoba, Canada, Archives Canada, or the National Archives for this information.

Did You Know?

Black and white image of Dr. John McLoughlin

Did you know that John McLoughlin, Chief Factor at Fort Vancouver, is known as the “Father of Oregon” for his aid to American immigrants arriving over the Oregon Trail? His home in Oregon City, Oregon is a unit of the national park system administered by Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. More...