Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Digital Archive
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument preserves in perpetuity the natural and cultural resources of the
site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, fought June 25 and 26, 1876,
between 12 companies of the 7th US Cavalry under the command of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer,
including Arikara and Crow Indian scouts and attached civilian personnel;
and allied Lakota Sioux, Cheyennes, and Arapahos encamped along the Little Bighorn River and
under the spiritual leadership of Tatanka-Iyotanka (Sitting Bull) and other Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne leaders.
Custer National Cemetery, in the northern parcel of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument,
memorializes and commemorates casualties and veterans of the Indian Wars
(including US Indian scouts and Buffalo Soldiers), the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II,
the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam.
The Monument’s collections document historic human activity surrounding the Battle of the Little Bighorn,
the broader issue of cultural conflict between Euro-American and Native American peoples,
and the history and specific interments in the Custer National Cemetery.
The collection encompasses five broad areas:
The archeological holdings include ammunition such as cartridges and bullets, soldier's equipment,
horse bones, and horse-related equipment.
The history collection primarily pertains to the Indian Wars era and contains materials such as
military uniforms, personal accoutrements, and weapons.
There is a large archival collection of historic photographs, administrative records, oral histories,
manuscripts, correspondence, artwork, and maps.
The ethnology collection contains Native American items, personal effects and tools from the
historically associated tribes of the battle.
The small natural history collection includes a herbarium, fish, and a small mammal collection.
The digital collection shared through NP Gallery is only a sampling of the larger collection.
Currently the gallery contains a selection of photographs from the Monument’s 19th century
historical photographic collection.
Additional collections will be added in the future.
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 NPS.gov 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.
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.