Since the institution of monthly NOTES by Ansel F.
Hall in Yosemite in 1922, the idea of publication has grown until nearly
all of the major parks produce mimeographed leaflets, reports or
bulletins which appear regularly and are distributed throughout the
Service and to friends of the National Parks not connected with the
In same instances the original NOTES have been
adopted by cooperating organizations, such as the Yosemite Natural
History Association, and the mimeographed series has been converted to
printed form. In most instances, however, the "publications" have
continued as mimeographed pamphlets produced as a part of the routine
work of the Park Naturalist or other local executive. Whether printed,
multilithed or mimeographed the information which these little journals
carry has been seized upon by park workers and public alike. A purpose
THE REGIONAL REVIEW of Region One seeks to join the
ranks of useful publications produced in the Service. It . . . cannot
take the place of any existing journal sent out from a National Park. It
can, we believe, aid in the coordination of the varied program of work
engaged in by the army of specialists who plan and direct the activities
of Region One.
It is approximately 2,000 miles from Acadia National
Park, on Mount Desert Island in Maine; to Fort Jefferson National
Monument, on the Dry Tortugas of Florida, and it is at least half that
distance from the Perry Peace Memorial, in Put-in-Hay, Ohio, to
Chalmette National Battlefield Site, on the Mississippi River below New
Orleans. Those four areas represent extremes of the geographical
composition of Region One but they serve to illustrate how widely
distributed are its activities and its staff members.
In recognition of those needs, we are beginning,
with this first number of THE REGIONAL REVIEW, the distribution of a
simple periodical record which will be designed primarily to convey
general information concerning major developments throughout the Region.
It will contain articles describing our various conservation-recreation
programs, brief notices on personnel assignments, publication items
which have particular reference to the Region, and other materials
likely to prove useful to employees in camp and office. . . .
Carl P. Russell, Regional Director,
The Regional Review, Vol. 1, No. 1
CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) enrollees engaged in archeological
investigation, Morristown NHP, 1938.
National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection
Thus launched "The Regional Review" in July 1938.
Edited by Hugh R. Awtrey, this publication lasted just four short years
(1938-1941), however it contained an exceptional array of articles of
historical interest by the likes of noted historians such as Herb
Kahler, Roy Appleman, and Charles Potter. The quality of these articles
resulted in repeated requests to Region One for reprints of past issues,
which prompted the staff to seek funds to reprint selected articles in
1940-1941 under the NPS series title: the Popular Study Series.
Fourteen titles were originally published in this series, with a
fifteenth published in 1943 in a style different from the original ( No.
15 was later re-issued as No. 2 in the Interpretive Series ).
The "Notes" (or more commonly referred to as "Nature
Notes") referenced above, also served as a regular means by the Park
Service to help extend the interpretive efforts of early
ranger-naturalists beyond the boundaries of many western parks to
schools, libraries, and interested park friends. Past issues of Nature
Notes have been converted to the Web for Mount
Rainier and Crater Lake National Parks, the later still being
produced annually as of 2002.
For your reading pleasure, long out-of-print,
presented herein are online editions of all issues of The Regional