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National Park Service History Electronic Library

The NPS History Electronic Library is a portal to thousands of electronic publications and videos, covering the history of the National Park Service and the cultural and natural history of the national parks, monuments, and historic sites of the U.S. National Park System.

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While not affiliated with the National Park Service, our aim is to build on the legacy of the old NPS History e-Library. The information contained in this Website is historic in scope and is not meant as an aid for travel planning; please refer to the official National Park Service Website for current information.

Throughout 2016, we will be presenting a series of monthly features which will explore various aspects of the history and evolution of the National Park Service. We hope that this information will strengthen the preservation and conservation of our historic and natural resources and will enlighten the American people to the importance of the heritage represented by the National Park System, as well as the agency that has been entrusted for the past 100 years to safeguard these national treasures.

NPS Centennial

The National Park Service and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) of 1980
Monthly Feature
Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA)
Featured Article
Notable Person
Olaus J. Murie
Special Studies
Alaska Subsistence: A National Park Service Management History
(Frank Norris, 2002)

The Wolves of Mount McKinley Fauna of the National Parks of the United States No. 5 (Adolph Murie, 1944)

Presenting Nature: The Historic Landscape Design of The National Park Service, 1916 to 1942 (Linda Flint McClelland, 1993)

System Timeline
Historical Photographs
Mount McKinley (now Denali) National Park, 1930s.
(Skinner Collection, ASL)
Our world has changed many times during the ensuing 90-odd years [1872, the founding date of the National Park System], but one constant in this changing world has been our continuing need for parks and quiet places—our need for places of beauty at which we may renew our strength; and our need for places of history where we may draw inspiration from our heritage....

...The National Park idea has been nurtured by each succeeding generation of Americans. Today, across our land, the National Park System represents America at its best.

Each park contributes to a deeper understanding of the history of the United States and our way of life; of the natural processes which have given form to our land, and to the enrichment of the environment in which we live.

George B. Hartzog, Jr.
Director of the National Park Service (1964-1972)
(From Quotes, 1966)

(From Miniature Portraits — Wildlife of our National Parks, c1940s)

(United States Railroad Administration, 1919)

New eLibrary Additions

The Eighteenth-Century González-Alvarez (Oldest) House, St. Augustine, Florida: U.S. Policies and Practices of Construction, Interpretation, Preservation (Mark R. Barnes, reprint with permission from the Colonial Latin American Hitorical Review, Spring 2014)

The Encounter Between the Old World and the New World in the Southeastern Region of the United States AD. 1500-1830 (Mark R. Barnes, 1992)

Keepers of the Treasures, Protecting Historic Properties and Cultural Traditions on Indian Lands (May 1990)

Special Resource Study for New Bedford, Massachusetts (undated)

Susan B. Anthony House Special Resource Reconnaissance Study (September 2001)

Gettysburg: The End of the Campaign and Battle's Aftermath Papers of the 2010 Gettysburg Seminar, Gettysburg, PA: Gettysburg National Military Park (2012)

Archeological Investigations at Natural Bridges Southwestern Monuments Special Report No. 17 (Charlie Steen, May 1937)

A Brief Glimpse: Asian American Pacific Islander National Historic Landmarks Theme Study (2016)

Finding Our Place: Queer Heritage in the United States (April 2016)

Find Your Place: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (2016)

The Manhatten Project: Making the Atomic Bomb (F.G. Gosling, Department of Energy, January 2010)

The National Parks: Index 2012-2016, Revised to Include the Actions of the 114th Congress ending December 31, 2015

Simulation of deep ventilation in Crater Lake, Oregon, 1951–2099 USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5046 (Tamara M. Wood, Susan A. Wherry, Sebastiano Piccolroaz and Scott F Girdner, 2016)

Water Resources Instrumentation Technical Report NPS/NRWRD/NRTR-92/09 (Barry A. Long, March 1992)

Review of the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program in National Parks, Fiscal Year 1995 Technical Report NPS/NRWRD/NRTR-96/91 (Barry A. Long, Gary W. Rosenlieb, William H. Walker and William L. Jackson, August 1996)

Review of the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program in National Parks, Fiscal Year 1996 Technical Report NPS/NRWRD/NRTR-97/110 (Barry A. Long, William L. Jackson, Gary W. Rosenlieb and William H. Walker, July 1997)

National Park Service Procedural Manual #77-1: Wetland Protection Technical Report NPS/NRWRD/NRTR-98/203 (October 1998)

Hydrologic Restoration of a Wet Pine Savanna at Moores Creek National Battlefield, North Carolina Technical Report NPS/NRWRD/NRTR-2001/293 (Scott W. Woods and Joel Wagner, December 2001)

Interpreting Dynamics of Aquatic Resources: A Perspective for Resource Managers Research/Resources Management Report No. 34 (Gary L. Larson, August 1980)

Man's Impact on the Outer Banks of North Carolina Natural Resource Report No. 3 (Robert Dolan, 1972)

Beach Erosin and Beach Nourishment, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina Natural Resource Report No. 4 (Robert Dolan, 1972)

Dune Stabilization and Beach Erosion, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina Natural Resource Report No. 5 (Robert Dolan and Paul Godfrey, 1972)

Shore Zone Land Use and Land Cover: Central Atlantic Regional Ecological Test Site Natural Resource Report No. 8 (R. Dolan, B.P. Hayden and C.L. Vincent, 1974)

Virgin Islands Beach Processes Invesstigation, St. John, Virgin Islands Occasional Paper No. 1 (Scott Hoffman, Alan Robinson and Robert Dolan, February 1974)

Field Survey of Giardia in Streams and Wildlife of the Glacier Gorge and Loch Vale Basins, Rocky Mountain National Park Natural Resource Report No. 85-3 (Sam Kunle and Nancy Cowdin, September 1985)

1973 Buxton Beach Nourishment Project: An Annotated Photographic Atlas, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina (Robert Dolan, Bruce Hayden, Preston Riddel and John Ponton, February 1974)

Instream Flows for Recreation: A Handbook on Concepts and Research Methods (Doug Whittaker, Bo Shelby, William Jackson and Robert Beschta, January 1993)

Water Resources Program FY 1998 (1998)

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Please note: is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, the National Park Service (NPS). Due diligence has been employed in scanning these documents in an attempt to ensure the accuracy of the materials presented. A huge debt of gratitude is extended to all NPS employees (current and former) and other park supporters who have graciously contributed their personal collections, thus enabling us to present these rather scarce documents for free public use.