• Nez Perce National Historical Park. Front Page banner photograph is of Heart of the Monster, an ancient place where the Nez Perce creation story originates. The secondary page photograph is of Nez Perce beadwork.

    Nez Perce

    National Historical Park ID,MT,OR,WA

Research Center

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:

Nez Perce culture - prehistoric and historic
Nez Perce contact with missionaries and Christian influence
The Nez Perce War of 1877.

Secondary themes include:

The effect of commercial ventures on the Nez Perce.
The Nez Perce and westward expansion.
Natural resource management of areas associated with Nez Perce history.

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?

Lolo Trail, an ancient path to the plains of western Montana used by the Nez Perce, the Salish, and Lewis and Clark

Two National Historical Trails pass through Nez Perce National Historical Park, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historical Trail.