Lassen Volcanic    National Park Digital Archive on NPGallery

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About Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park encompasses over 106,000 acres of a dynamic and diverse, volcanic landscape. Located at the southern extent of the Cascade Range in northern California, the park was established as a unit of the national park system in 1916 shortly after a series of highly publicized, massive volcanic eruptions of Lassen Peak in 1914 and 1915. Lassen Volcanic also protects a rich diversity of plant and animal life; a robust human history including American Indians and pioneers; and a wide variety of recreational opportunities.

About this Gallery

The Lassen Volcanic Digital Archive provides public access to thousands of historical and contemporary images. Additional digital media including audio, video, and maps, will be added over time. The digital media included in this gallery have been selected for inclusion based on quality, uniqueness, and relevance. Information about each item (metadata) has been added by park staff and volunteers.

Lassen Volcanic Photograph Archives (1850s-1970s)

The majority of historical images in this gallery are digital reproductions of items in the Lassen Volcanic (LAVO) Photograph Archives. Dating between the 1850s to the 1970s, the photographs are organized into collections named after the creator and/or donor. File names for items in the LAVO Photograph Archives contain the collection and item number (e.g. the file name for Collection 1 item 1 is C1.1). A complete finding aid including descriptions of the collections, biographical notes, and image descriptions is available on the park website . Higher resolution versions of these archive photographs may be available upon request, see the Contact Page for more information.

National Park Historic Photograph Collection

A small number of historical images in this gallery are digital reproductions of items in the National Park Service (NPS) Historic Photograph Collection . The entire collection is comprised of more than two million images, which cover a wide variety of subjects. This gallery contains images in this collection from NPS photographers, including the first Chief Photographer, George A. Grant. File names for items from the NPS Historic Photograph Collection contain " HFC" and an item number (e.g. LAVO_HFC_1).

Lassen Volcanic Contemporary Media (1980s and on)

Media created between 1980 and present day are identified as contemporary. All contemporary media in this gallery were created by park staff or volunteers. Lassen Volcanic is extremely grateful to the individuals who have donated their time and expertise to create media that captures the history and spirt of the park.
Citation: The preferred credit line for use of contemporary images in this gallery is: [Photographer], National Park Service (e.g. Amanda Sweeney, National Park Service).
Copyright information: All contemporary images in this gallery are in the public domain.

About NPGallery

The NPGallery Digital Asset Management System is an enterprise system for storing, organizing, and sharing photos and other digital files. NPGallery's central online repository offers a place for the NPS to store digital assets, including photos, illustrations, audio files, videos, and documents. The NPGallery platform lets parks and other programs easily store and organize all of their digital files, and allows users access to easily find and retrieve specific files. NPGallery is a premier solution for NPS parks and programs who have a need to manage and disseminate large volumes of digital assets, with many people accessing and using those assets.

NPGallery supports a wide array of digital asset file types (images, MS office formats, adobe pdfs, audio files, videos). Digital assets have control access to those files to ensure they are used properly. NPGallery supports parks and programs with digital asset hosting and delivery services. Digital assets in the system can be provided for public use, or locked for discovery only by internal NPS users. NPGallery has terabytes of digital files of all types that are safely stored and quickly retrievable for NPS business needs.

NPGallery provides a simple text search and search by state and park options, or has the ability to “search more fields” for robust metadata searching. Search results can be refined by filtering options. NPGallery supports web services, support for embedded metadata, and integrated geospatial capabilities. NPGallery also has a responsive user interface design, and the interface will gracefully resize to match the size of the screen on your device, supporting mobile.

Web authors using the content management system(CMS) now use NPGallery as the source for all photo galleries shown in the CMS.

Benefits of NPGallery to Parks & Programs

The NPGallery platform lets parks and other programs easily store and organize all of their digital files, and allows users access to easily find and retrieve specific files. These images and other digital assets have a direct URL link and can be used on program web pages. Multiple file sizes of each digital asset are stored and available for use and download.

Contact the NPGallery staff to have us assist your park or program with your unique Digital Asset Management needs. Email:

NPGallery has continued working with individual parks and programs to create individual portals. These semi-custom web pages allow NPS parks and programs to deliver digital assets from a unique web page that highlights and shares photos, documents, audio files, and videos. Searching the featured digital archive can be customized to help guide a user through discovering the valuable digital assets unique to each park or program.