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
Between September 2014, and April 2015, the archives is conducting an intensive cataloging project that will require several closures. Please, contact the archives prior to making travel arrangements.
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:
Subject guides: Lists of hot topics and the collections and boxes that are most relevant.
Did You Know?
Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.