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Glacier National Park

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

National Park Ranger: An American Icon
Monthly Feature
Featured Article
Notable Person
Frank Kowski
Special Studies
National Park Service Badges and Uniforms
(R. Bryce Workman, 1991-1998)

The National Park Service: Responding to the September 11 Terrorist Attacks (Janet A. McDonnell, 2004)

Norris Soldier Station, Yellowstone National Park Historic Structures Report (Aubrey L. Haines, Charles S. Pope and Erwin N. Thompson, 1969)

NPS 75th Anniversary

Historical Photographs
Ranger Force, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 1932
The wise use of our natural environment: it is, in the final analysis, the highest form of national thrift—the prevention of waste and despoilment while preserving, improving, and renewing the quality and usefulness of all our resources.

Amid this ferment of change, modern conservationists are faced with a far wider range of problems. The great battle of conservation in the Sixties, the Seventies, and the Eighties; and in the coming Century is no longer solely in the preservation of the spectacular. The real conservation fight of the future lies rather in every nook and cranny of this country—the fight is, for the creation of a livable total environment.

Our resource problems in the 1960's are measured by the flyway of a bird, the length of a river, the half-life of an element, the path of a wind, the scope of the oceans, the shape of our cities. The years ahead will require both public and private conservation statemenship of a high order.

Stewart L. Udall
Secretary of the Interior (1961-1969)
(From Quotes, 1966)

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

(United States Railroad Administration, 1919)

New eLibrary Additions

Poster: The Women of Wind Research in Rocky Mountain National Park (D.E. Glidden, 2015)

Brochures: Points of Origin of Native Plants (1993), Native Plants for National Parks, Native Plants for Parks, Native Plants for Parks (undated)

Native Plants for National Parks: Plant Materials Project Summary Reports — FY 2000, FY 2001, FY 2002, FY 2003, FY 2004, FY 2005, FY 2006, FY 2007, FY 2008, FY 2009, FY 2010

Systemwide Archeological Inventory Prograrm (Michele C. Aubry, Dana C. Linck, Mark J. Lynott, Robert R. Mierendorf and Kenneth M. Schoenberg, 1992)

Logan Pass Wooden Walkway Study Glacier National Park, NPS Progress Report, 1974 (Roberta V. Seibel, 1974)

The 1967-1968 List of Plant Manuals and Checklists for Use in the National Park Service (R.M. Linn, 1967)

Drawings Showing Insect Control Methods Used Against Bark Beetles in the Western National Parks and Forests (NPS Branch of Forestry, 1935)

Grade Change Protection for Valuable Trees Occasional Forestry Paper No. 2 (A. Robert Thompson, NPS Branch of Forestry, 1939)

Problems of Revegetation of Alpine Tundra Rocky Mountain National Park (David R. Stevens, 1976)

Report on Native Plant Protection in NPS Units (Jen Coffey, 1992)

Native Plant Revegetation Manual for Denali National Park and Preserve USGS Information and Technology Report 2000-0006 (Roseann V. Densmore, Mark E. Vander Meer and Nancy G. Dunkle, 2000)

Restoration of American Chestnut to Forest Lands Proceedings of a Conference and Workshop, May 4-6, 2004, The North Carolina Arboretum. Natural Resources Report NPS/NCR/CUE/NRR—2006/001 (Kim C. Steiner and John E. Carlson, eds., 2006)

Grounds Maintenance Manual Longfellow and Frederick Law Olmsted Historic Sites (Rudy J. Favretti, 1987)

The Archeology of the West Mesa Area: A Summary (Matthew F. Schmader, May 1987)

Public Involvement in Planning (August 1978)

Gorgeous Maps Reveal the History of America's National Parks (National Geographic Society, 2016)

The Chicago School of Architecture (Hugh C. Miller, 1973)

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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.