The John D. Lyle Papers contain correspondence, clippings, articles, publications, and photographs with an emphasis on Kaltag, Alaska. The images from Kaltag include persons, activities, dog sleds, and class rooms. Family names include Stanley, Semaken, Esmailka, Nickoli, Alexi, Solomon, Pitka, Saunders, and Wiseman. There is correspondence from the city of Kaltag and Jacques Cousteau. Many of the articles written about Kaltag are by John Lyle.
The material not relating to Kaltag contains letters from Yakutsk residents to John Lyle, articles written by John Lyle about various Alaskan topics,photographs of the Festival of Native Arts from 1985-87, and miscellaneous photographs. There is also correspondence, information, and photos regarding Bill Fuller, Celia Hunter, Ginny Hill Wood, Emily Ivanoff Brown, George Schaller, Don Ross, and Katherine Peter.