Share Park History: Photos from Yosemite’s Past – 2019

Share Park History: Photos from Yosemite’s Past – 2019

Improve access to historical Yosemite images by hiring student interns to document and digitize more than 6,000 vintage photographs. Photo: Courtesy of NPS (YOSE RL_01566)

The Yosemite Research Library holds thousands of park-related materials, including a collection of vintage images of people, places and wildlife. The photographs, taken during the first half of the 20th century, serve as key primary sources for cultural and natural history. The irreplaceable images are aging, degrading — and in high demand.

In 2018, with support from donors, Student Conservation Association interns researched and digitized more than 6,000 images, which are now publicly available on the NPGallery website. This year, funding will enable another group of SCA interns to gain experience in archival science, while working with library staff to document, digitize and publish thousands more images, enabling anyone with an internet connection to access images that capture moments and stories from Yosemite’s past.

Your gifts will help preserve and share images that illuminate Yosemite’s human and natural history.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park and Student Conservation Association

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Project Notes
A digital library will make Yosemite's natural and cultural history accesible to visitors all over the world.

Park staff, researchers and the general public will benefit from the online accessibility of the digitized images. Anyone anywhere will be able to search, locate and download images directly from the web.

Paul Rogers
Archivist
Yosemite National Park