First Park, First Forest: Sharing the Heritage of Yellowstone National Park and Shoshone National Forest with the World

Material Description

McCracken Research Library (MRL) – Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Center) MRL Shoshone National Forest Collection (MS 436) This collection consists of the earliest documents pertaining to the Shoshone National Forest and its predecessors. Many of these records are the original hand-drawn maps and written accounts, field notes, and reports which, taken as a whole, reflect the evolution of environmentalism, conservation, and forestry. There are also thousands of photographic images taken by rangers and visitors that supplement the textual accounts. MRL Yellowstone National Park Collection (MS 21) The Yellowstone National Park collection in MRL contains materials demonstrating the public perception of Yellowstone over the past century. Originally established to protect natural wonders, Yellowstone became a critical wildlife sanctuary. Materials include brochures, advertising, and maps detailing trails and roads throughout the park. There are thousands of photographs that detail conditions throughout the history of the park. MRL Western Scenes and Woodcuts Collection (MS 51) This collection consists of early illustrations of the western United States, including Yellowstone National Park, for a primarily European and eastern audience. MRL Ranger Harry Miller Photo Album (MS 434) Photographs and documents related to Harry Miller’s tenure as a forest ranger in the Shoshone National Forest. Heritage & Research Center (HRC) - Yellowstone National Park (YNP) HRC Maps and Drawings (YELL 145676) This collection contains maps, architectural drawings, and engineering drawings documenting events, functions, and activities of Yellowstone National Park. Among these are the first Yellowstone surveys of the 1870s, military-era records documenting Fort Yellowstone, and maps, drawings, and reports that detail the first concessionaires, hotels, facilities, utilities, stage coach lines, roads, rail lines, trails, resource management, and maintenance activities. Fire progression maps, reports, and atlases document the 1988 fire.

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Buffalo Bill Memorial Association


Ms. Mary Robinson
Buffalo Bill Memorial Association

Ms. Samantha
Archivist, McCracken Research Library

Ms. Ms. Anne
Archivist, Heritage & Research Center

Collaborating Institution(s)

Heritage & Research Center, Yellowstone National Park

Date Range

1830 - 2015

Geographic Scope

The geographic area described by these materials includes Yellowstone National Park in Northwest Wyoming, Southwest Montana, and Northeast Idaho, and Shoshone National Forest, directly east of Yellowstone. Yellowstone is the world’s first National Park and comprises 2.25 million acres. Shoshone Forest is the first National Forest, comprising 2.5 million acres.


  • 7100 Architectural Drawings
  • 517 Artworks
  • 25 Audiovisual Recordings
  • 4 Books
  • 240021 Manuscripts
  • 1964 Maps
  • 5030 Photographs
  • 1 View-finder disc