• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Wednesday-Sunday. The English Camp contact station is closed through May 31. Grounds at both units are open from dawn to 11 p.m. More »


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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.


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?

Rear Adm. R. Lambert Baynes

British Rear Adm. R. Lambert Baynes immediately superseded Governor Douglas’s orders to land Royal Marines on San Juan Island, cautioning his captains only to fire if fired upon. “Tut, tut, no, no, the damned fools,” he was heard to say on first hearing of the standoff. More...