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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
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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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History of the National Park Service

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  • A Brief History of the National Park Service (1940)
  • A History of Mission 66 (pdf)
  • A History of the U.S. Department of the Interior During the Clinton Administration 1993-2001 (pdf)
  • Addresses and proceedings of the First National Conservation Congress held at Seattle, Washington, August 26-28, 1909
  • Administrative Histories in Alaska (pdf)
  • Administrative History Guide for the National Park Service
  • America's National Park System: The Critical Documents
  • Antiquities Act: The First Hundred Years of a Landmark Law (2006) (pdf)
  • Antiquities Act and National Monuments (pdf)
  • Antiquities Act of 1906
  • Antiquities Act of 1906 by Ronald Lee
  • A Public Face for Science: A. Starker Leopold and the Leopold Report (pdf)

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  • Birthdays of the National Park Service
  • Brief History of the National Park Service
  • Brief History of Mapping the National Parks

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  • Chief Historians of the National Park Service
  • Congress Debates Hetch Hetchy
  • Conservationists and the Battles to Keep Dams Out of Yellowstone: Hetch Hetchy Overturned (2001)
  • Creating the National Park Service: The Missing Years (1999)
  • CRM Magazine

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  • Directors of the National Park Service
  • Domestic Tranquility and the National Park System (pdf)

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  • Enigmatic Icon: The Life and Times of Harry Yount
  • Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
  • Exit Interview with Barry Mackintosh (pdf)
  • Expansion of the National Park Service in the 1930s: An Administrative History

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  • Family Tree of the National Park Service
  • Famous Quotes about the National Parks
  • Filing Scheme of NPS pre-1953 (1953) (pdf)
  • Former National Park System Units: An Analysis

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  • Glance Back in Time (MWAC History)
  • Giving a Dam: Congress Debates Hetch Hetchy

  • Highways in Harmony
  • Historic Listings of National Park Service Officials
  • Historic Railroads in the National Park System and Beyond (pdf)
  • Historic Roads in the National Park System
  • History and Prehistory in the National Park System and the National Historic Landmarks Program
  • History of National Park Service Museums
  • How the U.S. Cavalry Saved our National Parks

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  • Intangible Values Of Protected Areas: What Are They?: Why Do They Matter? (2004) (pdf)
  • Interpretation in the National Park Service
  • Invisible Men: Buffalo Soldiers of the Sierra Navada (pdf)

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  • Japanese-American Internment Sites Preservation

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  • List of National Park Publications (1912)

  • Mission 66 Visitor Centers
  • Mission Statements: Where We Need to Go—Lessons from Septima Clark
  • Museum Curatorship in the National Park Service
  • Museum Handbook

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  • National Monuments to National Parks
  • National Parks: The American Experience
  • National Parks-The Need of the Future (1913) (pdf)
  • National Park Service: The First 75 Years
  • National Park Service Act of 1916: A Contradictory Mandate
  • National Park Site Designations (pdf)
  • National Parks and Education: The First Twenty Years
  • National Park Service Program of Conservation for Areas and Structures of National Historical Significance
  • National Park Service Uniforms: Badges and Insignia: 1894-1991
  • National Park Service Uniforms: Badges and Uniform Ornamentation of the National Park Service (Revised 1997)
  • National Park Service Uniforms: In Search of an Identity, 1872-1920
  • National Park Service Uniforms: Ironing Out the Wrinkles, 1920-1932
  • National Park Service Uniforms: Breeches, Blouses, and Skirts, 1918-1991
  • National Park Service Uniforms: The Developing Years 1932-1970
  • National Park System Timeline
  • National Park System Timeline (Annotated)
  • National Monument Proclamations under the Antiquities Act
  • Native Americans, the Earliest Interpreters: What is Known About Their Legends and Stories of Yellowstone National Park and the Complexities of Interpreting Them(pdf) (2001)
  • "This paper is a shortened version of chapter one of the author's book STORYTELLING IN YELLOWSTONE: HORSE AND BUGGY TOUR GUIDES (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007), pp. 11-32."
  • New Research Mandate for America's National Park System

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  • "Oh, Ranger!" A Book about the National Parks
  • Origins of National Park Service Administration of Historic Sites
  • Organizational Structures of the National Park Service - 1917 to 1985

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  • Park Dates
  • Parks, Politics, and the People
  • Parks for America (1964)
  • Philanthropy and the National Parks
  • Philosophical Basis for National Park Management
  • Philosophical Underpinnings of the National Park Idea
  • Pilgrim Places: Civil War Battlefields, Historic Preservation, and America's First National Military Parks, 1863-1900 (pdf)
  • Presenting Nature: The Historic Landscape Design of the National Park Service (1916 to 1942)
  • Public Use of the National Park System 1872-2000

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  • Quotes (Conservation, Parks and Natural Beauty) (1966) (pdf)

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  • Rally on the High Ground: The National Park Service Symposium on the Civil War
  • Reading the Earth: From Wonder to Appreciation (pdf)
  • Report to the Secretary of the Interior: The Preservation of Historic Sites and Buildings (pdf)
  • Research and Education in the National Parks
  • Researching and Interpreting the Underground Railroad
  • Revision of the National Park Service Thematic Framework (1994)
  • Rustic Architecture 1916 - 1942

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  • Science in the National Parks (1992)
  • Selected Events in the Development of the American Conservation Movement, 1847-1920
  • Some Notes on Thematic and Multi-Park Administrative Histories (pdf)

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  • The Antiquities Act of 1906 at Its Centennial (pdf) (2006)
  • The Antiquities Act-Setting Basic Preservation Policies (pdf)
  • The Bearer Has Permission (pdf)
  • The American Civil War and the Preservation of Memory (pdf)
  • The Beginnings of a New National Historic Preservation Program, 1957 to l966 (pdf)
  • The Civilian Conservation Corps and the National Park Service, 1933-1942
  • The Department of Everything Else
  • The Emergence of the Mission 66 Visitor Centers
  • The Fight For Conservation by Gifford Pinchot (1910)
  • The Idea of Wilderness in the National Parks
  • The Interior Building: Celebrating a Department's Mission Through its Architecture and Art (pdf)
  • The Legacy of Mission 66/Mission 66 and "Rustication"
  • The Legacy of Mission 66/The Mission 66 Visitor Center
  • The Letters of Franklin K. Lane, Personal and Political
  • The Man and Nature; or Physical Geography as Modified by Human Action by George P. Marsh (1864)
  • The Meaning of Nature: Wilderness, Wildlife, and Ecological Values in the National Parks
  • The Monumental Legacy of the Antiquities Act of 1906 (pdf)
  • The National Parks: Shaping the System
  • The National Park Service and Cultural Resources (pdf)
  • The National Park Service: Groveling Sycophant or Social Conscience?
  • The National Park Service Looks Toward the 21st Century: The 1988 General Superintendents Conference and Discovery 2000
  • The Role of History in Managing NPS Areas (pdf)
  • Theodore Roosevelt and the National Park System
  • The Origin and Evolution of the National Military Park Idea
  • The United States Park Police: A History
  • The White House & Presidents Park Administrative History
  • Thoughts on the Preservation of Place

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  • Visitor Fees in the National Park System: A Legislative and Administrative History

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  • Writing Environmental and Park Histories

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  • Yellowstone Nature Notes
  • Yellowstone Nature Notes: A Neglected Documentary Resource (pdf)

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