Sitka National Historical Park cares for more than 154,000 museum collection items. Tlingit ethnographic items, Russian American archeological and historical items, historical photos, archives, and herbarium specimens are found in the collection. Highlights of the collection include totem poles, Chilkat weaving, Tlingit oral history recordings, 19th century Russian furniture, Russian Orthodox icons and vestments, and two hundred original glass plate negatives by Sitkan photographer E.W. Merrill.
The photographer most closely associated with the park is E.W. Merrill, legendary Sitka art photographer. Sitka NHP has a collection of more than 200 glass negatives.
The Doris Borhauer Collection