What is a Collection?

A collection can be defined as a group of objects (artifacts, photographs, specimens, etc.) that are used to research the natural and cultural history of a place or event. Yosemite National Park manages its collections through the Museums and Archives Branch. Park archealogists, historians, librarians, archivists and more all work to preserve, research, and exhibit these collections. By preserving these materials, researchers from inside and outside the park can gain greater understadning of Yosemite's natural and cultural history.

What is the role of the National Park Service (NPS) in cultural resource preservation?

The National Park Service Organic Act (1916) states that the role of the NPS is " conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

Preserving history alongside nature is one of the core responsibilities for the NPS. At Yosemite, the NPS manages a research library, natural history collections, archaelogical and anthropological collections, historical collections, and historic buildings.

Last updated: August 15, 2017

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