Promontory Summit prior to Last Spike ceremony. (Alfred Hart Photo)
National Park Service Electronic Library

The NPS 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.

While not affiliated with the National Park Service, our aim is to build on the legacy of the old NPS History e-Library. New content is added on the first of each month.

Featured Publications

Golden Spike National Historic Site

Cultural Landscape Report, Golden Spike National Historic Site, Box Elder County, Utah (2000)
General management plan, Golden Spike National Historic Site/ Utah (1978)
Golden Spike Rail Feasibility Study: Reconnaissance Survey, Ogden, Utah to Golden Spike National Historic Site (1994)
Golden Spike/Crossroads of the West, National Heritage Area (2008)
Historic Handbook #40
Historical Base Map and Documented Narrative 1869 Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah (F.A. Ketterson, Jr., 1969)
The Last Spike is Driven (Utah Historical Quarterly, volume 37, number 1, Winter 1969)
Promontory Summit, May 10, 1869 (2005)
Rails East to Promontory The Utah Stations (1981,1994)
Special Report on Promontory Summit, Utah: Golden Spike National Historic Site (1960)
Statement for Management (1985, 1988, 1990)
Transportation History: The Development of Golden Spike National Historic Site-A History of Its Creation (1996)
Union Pacific Locomotive #119 and Central Pacific Locomotive #60

New eLibrary Additions

RANGER: The Journal of the Association of National Park Rangers
all past issues ©1979-2015
in cooperation with the Association of National Park Rangers

Archeological Investigations at Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, Pennsylvania (Henry M.R. Holt and Michael L. Alterman, 1991)
The Analysis of a Late Holocene Bison Skull from Fawn Creek, Lemhi County, Idaho, and Its Implications for Understanding the History and Ecology of Bison in the Intermountain West (Kenneth P. Cannon, 1997)
Cultural Resources Management in Mammoth Cave National Park: A National Park Service/Kentucky Heritage Council Cooperative Project Summary (Bruce J. Noble, Jr., ed., 1991)
The California Desert A Recreation Study of the Desert Public Lands of California under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (1968)

Park Brochures

Arlington House (1977)
Yellowtail (Bighorn Canyon) (1975, 1980)
Fort McHenry (1961)
Fort Washington (1987)
Frederick Douglass Home (1975)
Hampton (1961)
Lincoln Memorial (1969, 1974, 1990)
Theodore Roosevelt (1959, 1978)
Theodore Roosevelt Island (1989)
The United States Marine Corps War Memorial/The Netherlands Carillon (George Washington Parkway) (1990)
Timpanogos Cave (1951, 1957, 1960, 1965, 1978)
Tonto (1951, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972)
Touro Synagogue (1965, 1988, 2000, 2003)
Tumacacori (1956, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1973, 1983)
Tuzigoot (1951, 1956, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1970)

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