History in the National Park Service
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History of the National Park Service' features adminstrative histories of many well-known parks, information about former Secretaries of the Interior, Directors of NPS, and Chief Historians in addition to other resources
Collection of studies, reports, essays, and online books specific to park units
The NPS thematic framework's eight concepts outline the interdisciplinary concerns for use in evaluating the significance and contexts of historic places and building contextual historic-site interpretive and educational programs. A list of parks categorized by areas of significance is also included here.
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      Maritime History
Research and Education has teaching materials, diversity resources, and addition research information.
Oral History has information on the National Park Service's oral history programs, and oral history in general

Please note: The following links may contain copyrighted material. Permission has been granted to the National Park Service to post this information online, but the copyrights are still reserved by the owner of the original books. While NPS-produced publications are normally considered to be in the public domain, many of the reports contain illustrations that are copies of materials NOT in the public domain, for which one-time reprint permission was obtained prior to each report's publication. Persons wishing to use these illustrations for any purpose beyond educational perusal must obtain their own permissions from the owners of the original materials.

National Park Service Archives, Records, and Research


  • NPS Historic Photograph Collection
  • Mapping the National Parks
  • National Park Service Maps
  • National Park Service History Collection Inventories
  • Value of Archives to National Park Service Historians


  • Guide to Federal Records in the National Archvies
  • Inventory of the Records of the National Park Service Record Group 79 (2007) (pdf)
  • National Park Service Records and Archives In the National Archives Of the United States: A Collection and Repository Guide
  • Preliminary Inventory of The Records Of The National Park Service (Record Group 79)
  • Records of the National Park Service
  • Records of the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service
  • Records of the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capitol
  • Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps
  • Records of the Historic American Buildings Survey(HABS)/American Engineering Record (HAER) Division

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