Nez Perce National Historical Park Research Center includes the park archives and library collection that is available for on-site use to assist in the study and interpretation of Nez Perce history and culture.
The primary themes of the collection include:
Secondary themes include:
The archives collection contains park administrative and resource management records and donated manuscript collections. Included is a database of approximately 4,000 images available on a digital image viewer.
The library collection consists of approximately 3,000 items including books, theses, dissertations, and reports. Also included are reprints, audio/video tapes, microforms, subject and biographical files, maps, and periodicals.
The research center is open Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Due to limited staffing and to ensure that the researcher's needs are met in a timely manner, appointment's for an on-site visit are required. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have a question, please call the park Archivist/Research Center Manager at (208) 843-7042 or e-mail us.
Did You Know?
In September of 1805 Lewis and Clark crossed into Nez Perce country. A debate ensued among the Nez Perce. Should they assist these strangers or attack them? A female Nez Perce elder, Wetxuuwíis (Wet-k'hoo-wees)urged her people to do them no harm. Her words were heeded; the expedition was welcomed.