The NPS History Collection preserves and shares the stories of the history, culture, management, resources, challenges, and successes of the National Park Service. The artifacts and records encompass the breadth and depth of the agency’s history.
NPS Director George B. Hartzog established the NPS History Collection at Harpers Ferry Center in November 1972. Today the collection comprises over 4 million objects and documents. Use our online resources to explore the many aspects of the National Park Service, get to know the men and women that manage and protect the National Park System, and celebrate more than 100 years of National Park Service history.
Records detailing the ongoing challenges of the NPS mission to preserve park resources unimpaired for future generations while making them accessible for today's visitors. See how the collection can help you learn more about our management history and issues.
NPS Historic Photograph Collection
Images of America’s special places, the people that care for them, and the visitors that love them. Search our online selection from the 400,000 images in the collection to see if there is anyone you know or anywhere you have been.
NPS Oral History Collection
Stories of NPS history, adventure, humor, tragedy, camaraderie, and family told by the men and women of the the NPS in their own words.
NPS Uniform Collection
The NPS uniform is an iconic symbol of our staff and mission recognized around the world and one we wear with pride. See how the uniform has changed over time.
NPS History Collection
Objects that connect people to our history from before the founding of the NPS to today. Search the NPS Web Catalog to see a selection of objects.
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Last updated: June 23, 2020