The Yellowstone National Park Archives preserves and makes accessible the history and science of the world's first national park. The manuscripts, photos, maps, films, oral histories, administrative records, and scientific data document the natural and cultural resources of the Park as well as its development and management. The records are rich in topics ranging from geophysics, geology, and ecology to archeology, tourism, and history. An affiliated archive of the National Archives, the archives houses a unique record of physical and administrative development beginning with early civilian superintendents and pioneer entrepreneurs, through the turn-of-the-century military era, to the founding and development of the National Park Service.
Using the Archives
Catalogs: Search by subject at: http://wyld.state.wy.us/yrl/. Click on the link in the record to access the detailed finding aid.
Search a specific collection or browse all of our finding aids on these webpages:
Manuscript Collections: Documents, photos, and ephemera donated by visitors, researchers, and others. Particularly strong in topics such as tourism, concessioners, and photographs.
Yellowstone's Records: The official records of the administration and operation of the Park. Organized by function. Subjects include policy, resource management, fire, and development.
Access Policies: Researchers must complete and sign the following forms prior to accessing the records: Access Policy (107KB pdf), Researcher Registration form (15KB pdf), and the Copyright & Privacy Waiver (19KB pdf). Return the forms electronically or by mail to the contact listed below.
Did You Know?
Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.