The Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Archives are located in the Kīlauea Visitor Center building. The park archive contains approximately 1,350 linear feet of National Park Service records, images, personal papers, and area maps. The archive serves to document the people, places, and events in and around the park. Highlights include the park’s Image Collection, the Charlotte Lovejoy Westcott Collection, and the Volcano House Registers. For more information on individual collections see our Archival Collection Finding Aids (below). To see some highlights of the collection--including digitized versions of the Volcano House Registers and historic postcards--see Collection Highlights.


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Archival Collection Summaries and Finding Aids

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park creates finding aids for collections that are fully processed and catalogued. The finding aids provide descriptions of information and types of materials found in the individual collection. Each finding aid also contains a container list with the title of the folders in the collection.


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Administration Records, 1902-2012 – HAVO 17000

The records were primarily generated by the Administration division of the park. The collection documents administrative, management, and operational activities, procedures, and policies of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (HAVO) and the National Park Service (NPS) as it relates to HAVO.


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Central Files, 1960-2010 – HAVO 16337

The records were received from the Park's Record File and the Superintendent's Office. The records are a snapshot of all types of activities in the park for the years 1960-2010, but primarily focus on management records such as general park plans, concessions information, land agreements, and large-scale construction projects.


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Resource Management Records – HAVO 16084

The Cultural Resource Management Records were generated or contracted by the Cultural Resource Division. The collection contains planning documents, reports, images, maps, and correspondence related (but not limited to) historic preservation, archeology, museum activities, and Native Hawaiian rights.


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Image Collection 1825-1991 – HAVO 17707

The Image Collection was created by numerous park divisions and unknown creators dating from the 1970s to 2011. The collection contains photo print, negative, slide, and postcard images of various areas, events, and people related to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Interpretation Division Records, 1885-2012 – HAVO 16998

The records reflect the tools used by and services provided by the Interpretation division to interpret the park's cultural and natural resources for the public. The collection documents the work, history, and activities of the division.


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Maintenance Division Records, 1925-2011 – HAVO 15725

The collection documents the work, history, and activities of the Maintenance Division, including, but limited to construction and maintenance of park assets such as roads, trails, landscapes, structures, and utilities.


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Map Collection, 1854-2011 – HAVO 16999

The collection contains aerial photos, maps, drawings, and diagrams that document the formation of Hawai‘i National Park, the transition to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, land acquisitions, concessionaires, Hawai‘i Volcano Observatory, cultural resources, and natural resources including biological resources and lava flows.


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Natural Resources Collection, 1934-2012 – HAVO 16603

The records in the collection were generated by park staff, volunteers, and contractors working for the Natural Resources Division. Materials include correspondence, project proposals, pamphlets, orientation handbooks, hand-drawn maps, field data sheets, monitoring forms, reports, and field notebooks related, but not limited to, wildlife, vegetation, environmental activities, and park wilderness.


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Protection Division Records, 1981-2010 – HAVO 16085

The collection contains records documenting the activities of park Law Enforcement and Eruption Crew through operations, plans, staffing, and signing in use during eruptions. Significant topics covered include the Mother's Day Lava Flow and resulting Kupukupu Fire of 2002-2003.


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Resource Management Collection, 1937-2002 – HAVO 15726

The Resource Management Collection contains records created when Cultural and Natural Resources were managed under one umbrella. Types of material include, but are not limited to, research files, completion reports, maps, plans and drawings, and photographs related to administration, history, archeology, lands, and natural and social sciences.


Charlotte Lovejoy Westcott Collection – HAVO 14240

Charlotte Lovejoy Wescott's father, Channing J. Lovejoy was the manager of the Volcano House from late 1923 until July 1927. The collection contains 153 black and white photographic prints and colored postcards collected during that time. Subjects include: Volcano House, KMC, Kīlauea, hula dancers.


Herb Kane Papers, 1987-1999 – HAVO 16995

Herbert "Herb" Kawainui Kane (June 21, 1928-March 8, 2011) was an artist, historian, and author of Hawaiian cultural history. Kane's artwork is displayed at cultural institutions such as Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and the Bishop Museum. This small collection documents some of his work with the National Park Service and ephemera using reproductions of his work.


Josef Muench Photographs, circa 1940-1950 – HAVO 16996

Josef Muench (1904-1998) was a photographer of landscapes and nature. He was born in Bavaria and immigrated to the United States in 1928. The collection consists of forty-six, 8" x 10" black and white photographs of Hawaii landscapes taken by Muench during the 1940's and 1950's. The photographs include pictures of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Haleakalā National Park, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Punalu‘u, and Kalapana.

Thomas Boles Collection, 1922-1971 – HAVO 20724

Records created by Thomas Boles, Jr., first Superintendent at Hawaii National Park from 1922 to 1926. The collection is primarily black and white photographic prints of Hawaii National Park.

Last updated: March 24, 2023

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