The Smokejumper Digital Archive consists largely of photographs, publications, documents, and films on the history of smokejumping in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the National Smokejumper Association and the 555th Black Airborne Infantry Battalion, known as the Triple Nickle.

The National Smokejumper Association (NSA) is a non-profit organization "dedicated to preserving the history and lore of smokejumping, maintaining and restoring our nation's forest and rangeland resources and responding to special needs of smokejumpers and their families." Many of the collections below were either created by the NSA or made possible by outreach conducted by NSA members.

The Triple Nickle or 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion was the first African American paratrooper unit and was established during World War II. Unlike other members of the 82nd Airborne Division, the Triple Nickle did not serve in Europe. They were instead deployed in the American West to destroy Japanese balloon bombs and suppress wildland forest fires.

This digital collection brings together disparate collections on the history of smokejumping and results from a collaboration between the National Smokejumper Association historical preservationists Chuck Sheley and Stan Collins; Dr. Robert L. "Bob" Bartlett, Public Sociologist; and the Eastern Washington University Libraries.


Browse the Smokejumper Digital Archive Collections:

National Smokejumper Association Meeting Minutes

Publications on Smokejumping

Smokejumper and Static Line Magazines

Smokejumper Base Crew Portraits

Smokejumper Biographies by Rookie Year

Smokejumper Obituaries

Smokejumper photographers’ collections

Smokejumpers: Firefighters from the Sky

Tom Carlsen Films on Smokejumping

Trails Reports

Triple Nickle Photographs from the National Archives

USFS Parachute Experiment Photographs, Winthrop, 1939

Videos on smokejumping