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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.

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. While not affiliated with the National Park Service, we gratefully acknowledge the contributions by park employees, along with park advocates, which has enabled us to create this digital repository.

Throughout 2016, we presented a series of monthly features which explored various aspects of the history and evolution of the National Park Service's first 100 years. In case you missed some of our monthly NPS Centennial features, all of them can be found on our Centennial Web page.

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Land Almost Lost: A Call to Save Our National Monuments
New eLibrary Additions

Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996: Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment (Comment period ended July 10, 2017)

Agency History

Failed National Parks in the Last Best Places (Lary M. Dilsaver and William Wyckoff, extract from Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Vol. 59 No. 3 Autumn 2009, ©Montana Historical Society, all rights reserved)

Zuni-Cibola National Cultural Park, New Mexico Master Plan (c1977)

Courier: The National Park Service Newsletter (Vol 34 No 2 February 1989, Vol 34 No 4 April 1989, Vol 34 No 5 May 1989, Vol 34 No 6 June 1989, Vol 34 No 10 October 1989, Special Edition October 1989, Vol 34 No 11 November 1989, Vol 34 No 12 December 1989, Special Employee Development Issue for Calendar Year 1989, Vol 35 No 1 January 1990, Vol 35 No 3 March 1990, Vol 35 No 4 April 1990, Vol 35 No 5 May 1990, Vol 35 No 8 August 1990, Vol 35 No 9 September 1990, Vol 35 No 10 October 1990, Vol 35 No 11 November/December 1990) (additional back issues are available online)

National Park Service Career Management Concept (1987)

Departmental Implementation of Executive Order 11644, as amended by Executive Order 11989, pertaining to use of off-road vehicles on the public lands Final Environmental Statement (1978)

Park Histories

Excavations at the Pharr Mounds and the Bear Creek Site, Natchez Trace Parkway (Charles F. Bohannon, July 1972)

Catoctin Mountain Park: An Historic Resource Study (Edmund F. Wehrle, March 2000)

Designing the Nation's Capital: The 1901 Plan for Washington, D.C. (Sue Kohler and Pamela Scott, eds., 2006)

Prince William Forest Park: Administrative History (Susan Cary Strickland, 1986)

Rock Creek Park: Administrative History (Barry Mackintosh, 1985)

The Civil War Defenses of Washington, Parts I and II: A Historic Resources Study (CEHP, Inc., 2005)

Navajo National Monument: Place and Its People, An Administrative History Southwest Cultural Resources Center Professioanl Papers No. 40 (Hal K. Rothman, 1991)

The Excavation and Repair of Betatakin, Navajo National Monument (Neil Merton Judd, 1930)

Ozark Rivers National Monument: A Proposal (January 1960)

An Administrative History, Padre Island National Seashore (W. Dwayne Jones, 1999)

Historic Resource Study, Padre Island National Seashore (James W. Sheire, August 1971)

A Thunder of Cannon: Archeology of the Mexican-American War Battlefield of Palo Alto NPS Southwest Cultural Resources Center Professional Paper No. 52 (Charles M. Haecker, 1994)

Cultural Resources

America's Industrial Heritage Project — Southwestern Pennsylvania (complete set)

      Indiana County, Pennsylvania: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites America's Industrial Heritage Project (Richard H. Quin, Kenneth D. Rose, ed., 1993)

      Somerset County, Pennsylvania: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites America's Industrial Heritage Project (Scott C. Brown, Frances C. Robb and Elaine Will, 1994)

Archeological Resource Studies Program, NPS Areas (April 20, 1965)

Natural Resources

Science and the National Parks II: Adapting to Change (September 1993)

A Directory of Research Natural Areas on Federal Lands of the United States of America (U.S. Forest Service, 1968, 1977)

16 USC 19jj: Quite possibly the most powerful act known to the Park Service (Richard J. Larrabee, extract from Ranger, Summer 2003, ©Association of National Park Rangers)

Environmental Safeguards Plan for All-Hazard Emergencies (August 21, 2007)

Solid Waste and Hazardous Materials Management Compliance Handbook (September 1995)

Hazardous Waste Inventory and Sampling, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Standard Operating Procedure (Kit Mullen, June 1985)

Monitoring of Olympic National Park Beaches to Determine Fate and Effects of Spilled Bunker C Fuel Oil Final Report (J.A. Strand, V.I. Cullinan, E.A. Crecelius, T.J.Fortman, R.J. Citerman and M.L. Fleischmann, October 1990)

Oil Spill Risk Assessment for Assateague Island (Amuel Kennedy, Andrew Ristvey, Jessica Lankford and Marilyn Ailes, December 1991)

Contingency Planning (undated)

Hazardous Waste Management Handbook (undated)

Introducing...The New and Improved Hazardous Waste Management Program for NPS (ESSD Update, Vol. 2 Issue 4, October 1992)

Servicewide Oil Spill Contingency Plan Draft (1991)

Generic Park Oil and Hazardous Substances Spill Prevention and Emergency Response Plan Alaska Region National Park Service (March 1991)

Oil Spill Assistance for the Alaska Region — Exxon Valdez incl. Actions and Strategy, 1989 Operations and Monitoring Plan Katmai National Park, Sec. of Interior Briefing Statements (1989)

Responding to the Oil Spill (Earth, Wind, & Water, Summer 2010)

Production Specifications, Northeast Region I&M Program (Draft, June 2002)

Site Bulletin: North Atlantic Region Skills Team (undated)

Site Bulletin: Team Resources (undated)

Final Plan for Designing and Operating the National Park Service Natural Resources Publication Program (March 1989)

Natural Resources Publication Management Handbook (January 1991)

Report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Natural Resource Management in the National Park Service (January 26, 1995)

Developing a Good Natural Resource Funding Proposal (Kathy Jope, March 1997)

A Review and Recommendations Relative to the NPS Natural Science Program (Durward L. Allen and A. Starker Leopold, July 1977)

A Strategic Framework for Science in Support of Management in the Southern Sierra Nevada Ecoregion: A Collaboratively Developed Approach (June 10, 2009)

A Superintendent's Expectations of Science and Scientists (Daniel J. Tobin, Jr., May 20, 1976)

Appalachian Highlands Science Journal (Vol. 1, undated)

Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center (February 2007)

Brochure: Rocky Mountains CESU (undated)

Brochure: Rocky Mountains CESU (undated)

Brochure: Cooperative Park Studies Unit, University of Washington (undated)

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Network (May 2002)

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Network (July 2003)

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (1999-2000)

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units Briefing Statement (April 24, 2002)

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units: University-based Science Programs in the National Park Servie (undated)

The Meaning of Research, Technical Assistance and Education in the CESU Network (Ray Albright, February 2003)

Directory of Research Grade Scientists and Research Grants-Grade Scientists, 1989 (February 1989)

Historical Research Management Plan (December 12, 1966)

Historical Resources Studies Program (September 7, 1965)

List of Natural Science Research Projects in the National Park System, Calendar Yer 1967 (c1968)

National Park Service Science Center (NPSC) (undated)

Natural Resources (Vol. 3 No. 1, Janaury-February 1969)

Natural Sciences Research Handbook Release No. 1 (July 27, 1965)

Natural Sciences Research Handbook Release No. 2 (June 3, 1966)

Office of Natural Science Studies Annual Report for Calendary Year 1969 (July 1, 1970)

Office of Natural Science Studies Reports (ONSS) (Neil H. Cheek, Jr., 1969-1971)
No. 5 — January 19, 1970
No. 6 — February 24, 1970
No. 7 — March 12, 1970
No. 8 — March 19, 1970
No. 9 — March 23, 1970 No. 10 — July 16, 1970
No. 11 — October 27, 1970
No. 12 — November 9, 1970
No. 13 — December 9, 1970
No. 14 — March 3, 1971

Partners in Research: A Catalog of Potential Research Projects National Park Areas of the Mid-Atlantic Region (September 1987)

Partners in Research: A Catalog of Potential Research Projects National Park Areas of the Mid-Atlantic Region (September 1989)

Peer Review Guidelines for Natural Resource Management Proposals (September 1994)

Report of the Director's Natural Sciences Advisory Committee (A. Starker Leopold, July 1972)

Research Opportunities in Guadalupe Mountains National Park (January 26, 1987)

Science Information Needs, Grand Canyon (undated)

Science Information Needs, Grand Canyon National Park (March 11, 1998)

Scientific Publications Guideline, Shenandoah National Park (April 19, 2005)

Sharing Your Research Project, Denali National Park and Preserve (undated)

Statement on "New Applications of Science" (May 17, 1968)

The Research Station's Place in History (Lenore Diem, 1978)

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