• Nine men pose with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border in the snow

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Collections

Black and white historic portrait photo of a man seated in a chair

Martin Itjen, an early Skagway entrepreneur, was the collector of many of the items in the George and Edna Rapuzzi Collection.

Photo courtesy of George and Edna Rapuzzi Collection, Rasmuson Foundation

Klondike Gold Rush NHP Museum Collection

Our museum collection exists to document and support the Park's interpretive and resource management programs. Objects in the collection must relate to the interpretive themes and the resource management goals and objectives of the Park.

The mission of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is to preserve the historic sites, structures, objects, and the historic scene associated with the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska.

The park's museum collection is divided into two major categories: the cultural collection and natural history collection. All records associated with the cultural and natural history collections must be retained as part of the museum collection. These records include field notes, drawings, maps, photographs, data, etc.

Explore the Klondike Gold Rush NHP's Museum Collection and other collections with the National Park Service at the main NPS museum site.

Would you like more information about the Klondike Gold Rush NHP museum collections and archives? Need to arrange a research appointment? Contact us!

 

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park publications currently available on-line

Ethnographic Publications

Thornton, Thomas F. with contributions by Deborah McBride, Saurabh Gupta, Carcross-Tagish First Nations, Chilkat Indian Village, Chilkoot Indian Association, and the Skagua Traditional Council. 2004. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Ethnographic Overview and Assessment. Anchorage, AK: National Park Service.

This book available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/klgo/ethnographic_overview.pdf

Historical Publications

Bearss, Edwin C. 1970. Proposed Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Historic Resource Study. Washington, D. C.: National Park Service.

This book available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/klgo/bearss.pdf

Blee, Catherine H., Robert L. Spude, and Paul C. Cloyd. 1983 Historic Structure Reports for Ten Buildings. Administrative, Physical History, and Analysis Sections, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, Alaska. Denver, CO: National Park Service.

This book available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/klgo/klondike_hsr.pdf

Johnson, Julie. 2003. A Wild Discouraging Mess: The History of the White Pass Unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Anchorage, AK: National Park Service.

This book available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/klgo/klondike.pdf

Norris, Frank B. 1996. Legacy of the Gold Rush: An Administrative History of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Anchorage, AK: National Park Service.

This book available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/klgo/adhi/adhi.htm

Spude, Robert L. 1983.Skagway, District of Alaska 1884-1912. Building the Gateway to the Klondike. Occasional Paper No. 36. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska, Cooperative Park Studies Unit (Reprint).

This book available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/klgo/skagway.pdf

Did You Know?

Chilkoot Trail Unit sign showing the National Park Service arrowhead logo and an outline of people with loads climbing up a snowy pass

The Chilkoot Trail, in Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, is 33 miles long and is shared with our neighbor, Parks Canada. Hikers cross the border at the top of the pass and enter British Columbia. The trail is considered to be the world's longest outdoor museum. More...