Yellowstone National Park Oral History program collects and preserves the first person experiences of those who have played a significant role in the management or history of the park. The interviews are rich in content; preserving both personal anecdotes of visitors and employees and important management conversations about pivotal decisions. Perhaps most importantly, oral histories capture an elusive gap in Yellowstone's history-the evolution of the ideas that have shaped our current management philosophy and the future of the park.
Because oral histories are, by their very nature, informal and conversational, they capture a personal perspective on historic events that falls silent in many written records. Because of the culture of the National Park Service itself, these personal experiences often provide insights into events and decision making that would have otherwise been difficult to decipher.
Anne Foster, Archivist, e-mail us
307-344-2563 or 307-344-2228
Yellowstone National Park Archives
PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
The digitization of these interviews was made possible through the generous support of The Archives Fund, a Yellowstone Park Foundation initiative.