• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Winter Schedule

    The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is closed for the season, starting September 2. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

  • American Camp Visitor Center on Winter Schedule

    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from September 2 to June 6, 2015. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Telephone 360-378-2240, ext. 2227 or 2226 for information. More »

Research

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Whether based on archaeological findings, artifacts in the park's museum collections, or evidence from historical records, research at San Juan Island National Historical Park is done by staff, volunteers, and independent researchers.

The park houses a vast collection of archaeological and historic artifacts at our collections centers shared with North Cascades National Park in Marblemount, WA; Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, WA; and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington in Seattle. The park's American Camp visitor center 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 to the right to access our park administrative history, historical resource study and bibliography.

Researchers:

If you are interested in researching in the park's library, please contact Historian Mike Vouri at (360) 378-2240, ext. 2227 or e-mail us. To view and research off-site archaeological and archival collections, contact Curator Tessa Langford at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site at (360) 378-2249, ext. 2227, or e-mail us. For our collections at North Cascades National Park, please contact Curator Kelly Cahill at (360) 854-7343 or e-mail us. For our Burke collections, contact Laura Phillips at (206) 685-3849, ext. 2, or e-mail lphill@uw.edu. Please consult the documents below to learn more about our policies regarding independent researchers.

Research Request Form - General (Park Library)

Research Request Form - Off-site Museum Collections

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 and Records Administration of the United States or the National Archives of the United Kingdom of Great Britain for this information.

Did You Know?

Capt. Lewis Cass Hunt

Capt. Lewis Cass Hunt, who squabbled with Capt. George E. Pickett over buildings on San Juan Island, was the brother of Henry Hunt, who commanded the Union artillery at the Battle of Gettysburg. Hunt's guns would largely decimate Pickett's division before they reached the Union lines.