Laws, Regulations, and Conventions
Related to Administration
National Park Service Organic Act of August 25, 1916 (16 USC 1-4, 22, 43)
(P.L. 64-235, 39 Stat. 535): Established the National Park Service; directed it to manage the parks to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.
Historic Sites Act of 1935 (16 USC 461-467)
(P.L. 74-292, 49 Stat. 666): Declared a national policy to preserve for public use historic sites, buildings, and objects . . .; authorized the programs known as the Historic American Buildings Survey, the Historic American Engineering Record, and the National Historic Landmarks Survey; authorized the NPS to restore, reconstruct, rehabilitate, preserve, and maintain historic or prehistoric sites, buildings, objects, and properties of national historical or archaeological significance and . . . establish and maintain museums in connection therewith; authorized cooperative agreements with other parties to preserve and manage historic properties.
Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended (40 USC 483 [b])
Museum Properties Management Act of 1955, as amended (16 USC 18)
(P.L. 84-127, 69 Stat. 242): Authorizes the National Park Service to accept donations or bequests of museum properties, purchase them from donated funds, exchange, transfer, convey or destroy them, and receive and grant museum loans.
Theft of Government Property (18 USC 641)
Freedom of Information Act (5 USC 552)
"Federal Property Management Regulations" (41 CFR 101) FPMR
36 CFR 65 (Regulations to the Historic Sites Act of 1935)
National Historic Landmarks Program establishes criteria and procedures for identifying properties of national significance, designating them as national historic landmarks, revising landmark boundaries, and removing landmark designations.
Note: There may be a lag between the passage of laws and updates listed on linked non-NPS sites. USC is the U.S. Code; while CFR is the Code of Federal Regulations.