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Yellowstone National Park digital collection now available

August 22, 2022

In celebration of Yellowstone National Park’s 150th anniversary this year, the Eli M. Oboler Library has launched a digital collection that brings together a selection of photographs, postcards, correspondence, publications, scrapbooks, and other archival materials from nineteen different collections housed in the Special Collections and Archives department at Idaho State University.

The materials within these collections cover the period when Yellowstone was established as a National Park in 1872 into the 20th century focusing primarily on tourism within the park.

Efforts to develop this digital collection was made possible with the assistance of Career Path Intern Matthew Bingman, who in 2017 completed an inventory of all of our collections that hold materials pertaining to National Parks, National Forests, and National monuments. From that inventory, we were able to narrow the focus specifically to Yellowstone. Another Career Path Intern, Jasmine Houseman, assisted with the digitization of the Yellowstone materials, including creating metadata, and developing and executing a physical exhibit, Images of Yellowstone that opened in August 2021 and will remain on display in the Oboler Library’s Administrative Suite through the end of 2022.

All Yellowstone items not included in the digital collection, including those that are still protected under United States Copyright law are available for viewing in-person in the Special Collections and Archives department. Appointments can be made by either calling (208) 282-3249 or emailing us at isuarchs@isu.ed. As we acquire additional Yellowstone materials, we will digitize them and place them online as part of this collection.



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