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Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Georgia

National Park Service History Electronic Library

The NPS History Electronic Library is a portal electronic publications 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. The information contained in this Website is historical in scope and is not meant as an aid for travel planning; please refer to the official National Park Service Website for current information. While we are not affiliated with the National Park Service, we gratefully acknowledge the contributions by park employees and advocates, which has enabled us to create this free digital repository.

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2018 National Park Visitor Spending Effects: Economic Contributions to Local Communities, States, and the Nation NPS Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/EQD/NRR-2019/1922 (Catherine Cullinane Thomas, Lynne Koontz and Egan Cornachione, May 2019)

Polluted Parks: How America is Failing to Protect Our National Parks, People and Planet from Air Pollution (Stephanie Kodish, Ulla Reeves, Angela Gonzales and Kristin Henderson, 2019, ©National Parks Conservation Association)

Golden Spike Historical Handbook Series No. 40 (Robert M. Utley and Francis A. Ketterson, Jr., 1969)

Grand Canyon Nature Notes (1926-1935)

Bessie Darling: A Brief Report on the Life of a Catoctin Mountain Proprietess (K.C. Clay, May 2018)

Camp Hoover: A Brief Report on the Lore of a Presidential Camp on Catoctin Mountain in the 1930s (K.C. Clay, August 2018)

Rest Camp: A Report on the WWII Use of Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area by the Royal Navy (K.C. Clay, July 2018)

Emigrants and Death along the Overland Trail (K.C. Clay, December 11, 2014)

Ecology of Ungulates and Their Winter Range in Northern Yellowstone National Park: Research and Synthesis, 1962-1970 (William J. Barmore, Jr., Yellowstone Center for Resources, 2003)

Bison and Brucellosis in Yellowstone National Park: A Problem Analysis (William J. Barmore, July 1968)

Bandelier: Excavations in the Flood Pool of Cochiti Lake, New Mexico (Lyndi Hubbell and Diane Traylor, eds., 1982)

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and the National Park Service: A Report on the Initial Response (William S. Hanable, 1990)

Lessons to be Learned: The National Park Service Administrative History and Assessment of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (Rick S. Kurtz, 1995)

Investigative Services Branch Annual Reports: 201620172018

Serious Accident Investigation: Factual Report — Fatality of NPS Arrowhead Interagency Hotshot Crew, Captain Brian Hughes, July 29, 2018 (April 28, 2019)

Wilderness Values in the National Parks Wilderness Resource Distinguished Lectureship (Russell E. Dickenson, November 12, 1981)

The Civilian Conservation Corps at Acadia National Park Final Draft (James Moreira, Pamela Dean, Anu Dudley and Kevin Champney, May 12, 2009)

The "National Playground Service" and the Devils Hole Pupfish (Kevin C. Brown, extract from Forest History Today, Spring 2017)

How a tiny endangered species put a man in prison (Paige Blankenbuehler, extract from High Country News, April 15, 2019)

Vegetation Inventory, Mapping, and Characterization Report, Coronado National Memorial NPS Natural Resource Report NPS/SODN/NRR-2018/1818 (Sarah E. Studd, Jeff Galvin and J. Andrew Hubbard, November 2018)

Historic Structure Report: 526 Auburn Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site (WLA Studio, SBC+H Architects and Palmer Engineering, May 2017)

Harpers Ferry Becomes a Fortress, September 21, 1862 - October 3, 1863 (Charles W. Snell, December 16, 1959)

Historic Resource Study, Independence Mall, The 18th Century Development, Block One, Chestnut to Market, Fifth to Sixth Streets (Anna Coxe Toogood, August 2001)

Historic Resource Study, Independence Mall, The 18th Century Development, Block Two, Market to Arch, Fifth to Sixth Streets (Anna Coxe Toogood, November 2000)

Historic Resource Study, Independence Mall, The 18th Century Development, Block Three, Arch to Race, Fifth to Sixth Streets (Anna Coxe Toogood, January 2004)

Yellowstone Resources and Issues Handbook: 2019 (2019)

Paleontological Resources Inventory (Non-Sensitive Version), Chaco Culture National Historical Park NPS Natural Resource Report NPS/CHCU/NRR-2019/1915 (Phillip J. Varela, Vincent L. Santucci and Justin S. Tweet, May 2019)

Wilderness Recommendations, Crater Lake National Park (September 1972)

A "Fresh Start": Mission 66 and the Transformation of National Parks (Meghan White, National Trust for Historic Preservation, March 20, 2019)

How Mission 66 Shaped the Visitor Experience at National Parks (Lauren Walser, National Trust for Historic Preservation, February 8, 2017)

Mission 66: Where Are We Now? The Preservation and Re-Use of Mission 66 Visitor Centers (Rebecca A. Kinsley, Master's thesis, Columbia University, May 2013)

The Mission 66 Mission: Evaluating and Rehabilitating Yosemite's Midcentury Modernist Park Buildings (Kitty Vieth, Architectural Resources Group, February 14, 2018)

Proposed Park: Temple of the Gods National Monument, UT (1918-1919)

Foundation Document Overview, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida (Date Unknown)

Foundation Document Overview, National Capital Parks — East, District of Columbia/Maryland, Overview (2019)

Foundation Document, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico (June 2016)

Natural Resource Condition Assessment, Gauley River National Recreation Area NPS Natural Resource Report NPS/GARI//NRR-2019/1859 (Andy J. Nadeau, Kathy Allen, Hannah Hutchins and Andrew Robertson, January 2019)

Natural Resource Condition Assessment, Cabrillo National Monument NPS Natural Resource Report NPS/CABR//NRR-2019/1882 (Brian Hudgens, Kathryn McEachern, Jesica Abbot, Tonnie Cummings, keith Lombardo, Melissa Harbert, Jared Duquette and Amon Armstrong, March 2019)

Natural Resource Condition Assessment, National Park of American Samoa NPS Natural Resource Report NPS/NPSA//NRR-2019/1894 (Peter Craig, Jeremy Wimpy, Nathan Reigner, William Valliere and Tonnie Cummings, March 2019)

A Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Point Reyes National Seashore NPS Natural Resource Report NPS/PORE//NRR-2019/1985 (John Battles, Anne Eschtruth, John Sanders and James Bartolome, March 2019)

Natural Resource Condition Assessment, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park NPS Natural Resource Report NPS/HUTR//NRR-2019/1897 (Katharina Engelhardt, Todd Lookingbill, Nadia Bukach, Margaret Latimer, Kristin Ratliff, Regan Gifford, Joora Baek, Olivia Hurlbert, Austin Rizzo and Brianne Walsh, March 2019)

Natural Resource Condition Assessment, Channel Islands National Park NPS Natural Resource Report NPS/CHIS//NRR-2019/1899 (Ana D. Davidson, A. Kathryn McEachern, Tim J. Coonan, W. Tim Bean, Amon J. Armstrong and Brian R. Hudgens, March 2019)

Geologic Map of Walnut Canyon National Monument (May 2008)

National Monuments Redesignated as National Parks: Insights for White Sands National Monument (Headwaters Economics, May 2018)

National Monuments Redesignated as National Parks: Insights for Bandelier National Monument (Headwaters Economics, March 2019)

Archaeological Assessments/Surveys

Alibates Flint Quarries

Arkansas Post


Big Bend

Big Thicket


Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Canyon de Chelly

Fort Smith

Fossil Butte


Lake Meredith

Mount Rushmore

Padre Island



Archeological Assessment of Alibates National Monument (C. Britt Bousman, April 1974)

Archeological Assessment of Arkansas Post National Memorial (William A. Westbury, 1976)

Archeological Assessment of Bandelier National Monument (C. Britt Bousman, Paul Larson and Frances Levine, April 1974)

Archeological Assessment of Big Bend National Park (C. Britt Bousman and Margaret Rohrt, June 1974)

Archeological Assessment of Big Thicket National Preserve (Harry J. Shafer, Edward P. Baxter, Thomas B. Stearns and James Phil Dering, October 1975)

Archeological Survey of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument and Archeological Inventory and Evaluation of Curecanti Recreation Area Midwest Archeological Center Occasional Studies in Anthropology No. 7 (Mark A. Stiger and Scott L. Carpenter [Black Canyon] and Mark A. Stiger [Curecanti], 1980)

Archeological Assessment of the Buffalo National River (Daniel Wolfman, May 1979)

An Archeological Assessment of Canyon de Chelly National Monument Western Archeological Center Publications in Anthropology No. 5 (James A. McDonald, 1976)

Archeological Assessment for Fort Smith National Historic Site (Roger E. Coleman, 1990)

Archeological Assessment, Fossil Butte National Monument (George M. Zeimens, 1976)

An Archeological Survey of the Homestead National Monument of America (Christopher M. Schoen and Peter A. Bleed, February 1, 1986)

Archeological Assessment of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (C. Britt Bousman, May 1974)

Archeological Assessment, Mount Rushmore National Memorial 1973 (Adrienne B. Anderson, 1974)

An Assessment of the Archeological Resources of Padre Island National Seashore] (Dan Scurlock, Warren M. Lynn and R. Thomas Ray, June 1974)

Archeological Assessment and Resource Management Guide, Tumacacori National Monument (Lee Fratt, June 10, 1981)

Archeological Assessment of Wupatki National Monument (Dana Hartman and Arthur H. Wolf, February 1977)

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