Historic tobacco tin
Historic tobacco tin from Charlie's Village

NPS/C. Ciancibelli

The museum collections from Yukon-Charley are comprised of specimens representing the natural, cultural and historic foundations of the preserve and surrounding region. The collections are comprised of both historic and prehistoric archaeological specimens, natural history specimens representing botany, geology and paleontology, as well as an extensive archive tracing the formation of and scientific studies conducted within the preserve. They serve both as a record of the unique character of the preserve itself and as a resource for future research into the various aspects of that character.

Yukon-Charley is known largely for numerous historic gold mining enterprises which are well represented through historic artifacts, photos, and documentation from the earliest prospectors to the more recent industrial operations based around the Coal Creek/Woodchopper Creek region. Numerous prehistoric artifacts record the unwritten record of human habitation in the region. The natural history collections preserve a greater time depth and include paleontological specimens of Pleistocene megafauna and botanical specimens representing a relict Beringian landscape.

While most of the archaeological, archival, and historic collections are stored in a state of the art Curation facility at the Fairbanks Administrative Center, a portion of the natural history collections, notably the large number of herbarium specimens are stored and maintained at the University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks.

Records of Yukon-Charley Rivers

In addition to the various object and specimen based collections, Yukon-Charley Rivers maintains an archival records collection. This collection consists of the records of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. It includes records of activities related to administration, resource management, subsistence management and visitor use.

To learn more about this collection you can download the complete finding aid here (pdf 794kb).

YUCH collections collage
Some of the objects in the Yukon-Charley museum collection.


The Yukon-Charley museum collections have no permanent exhibit space but are used regularly incorporated in traveling and temporary exhibits, and can be explored virtually through an online catalog, and web-based exhibits. Contact that park curator to request access to collections for research or educational uses.

Explore a Web Exhibit

These virtual exhibits highlight a specific section of the collections They are a combination of stories and images that provide a deeper insight into a specific subset of the overall collection. The titles listed below will take you directly to an exhibit.

Before the Flood: Unearthing an Historic Han Gwich'in Athabaskan Village

Visit the Web Catalog

A new on-line collections web catalog is now available for anyone to browse. The collections can be searched in several different ways and many of the items have associated images that can be viewed.

Last updated: December 10, 2015

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