Nez Perce National Historical Park was established as a unit of the National Park Service on May 15, 1965, by Public Law 89-19. The law specifies the park was created to "facilitate protection and provide interpretation of sites in the Nez Perce Country of Idaho that have exceptional value in commemorating the history of the Nation."
Specifically mentioned are sites relating to early Nez Perce culture, the Lewis and Clark expedition through the area, the fur trade, missionaries, gold mining, logging, the Nez Perce War of 1877, and "such other sites as will depict the role of the Nez Perce country in the westward expansion of the Nation." Sites include historic buildings, battlefields, missions, landscapes, cemeteries, trails, archeological sites, and geologic formations important to the Nez Perce people. A total of 24 sites were established in 1965. Public Law 102-576 of October 30, 1992, allowed the designation of 14 additional park sites in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Wyoming.
The Nez Perce National Historical Park Research Center is operated and maintained by the Resource Management Division of the Nez Perce National Historical Park located in the Visitor Center at Spalding, Idaho. It is the policy of the National Park Service that its natural and cultural resources shall be made available for educational and scholarly purposes. The research center collection is non-circulating but available through on-site use to assist in the study and interpretation of Nez Perce history and culture.
The park library collection consists of approximately 3000 items including books, theses, dissertations, reports, periodicals and reprints. The catalog for the NPS library collection is available online at <www.library.nps.gov/webvoy.htm>. The center also houses the park archives and donated manuscript collections including historical photographs, maps and architectural records, audio/video and microform material.
With advance notice the Cultural Resources Division will be happy to assist researchers and visitors in utilizing Research Center resources. Due to the small size of the facility and varying staff schedules, appointments for on-site use are needed . Drop-in researchers will be accommodated as time permits.
The research center is open Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 PM by appointment. For appointments or special accommodations call:
Nez Perce NHP Archivist & Research Center Manager
Note: For photographs that include groups of people, individuals in the front are described as A1 (front row left side). For portraits with more than one row, those in the second row (behind the front row or A) are described as B1, etc. (second row left side).