National Park Service
Museum Curatorship in the National Park Service 1904-1982
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Cover (HTML)

Cover drawing by Brigid Sullivan, Supervisory Conservator, Cultural Resources Center, National Park Service North Atlantic Regional Office. Book design by Candace Clifford.

Contents (PDF)

Forward (PDF)

Preface (PDF)

Chapter 1: Museum Beginnings in the National Parks (PDF)

     Natural Parks
     Archaeological Parks
     Historical Parks

Chapter 2: Philanthropy and Guidance, 1924-1934 (PDF)

     The Yosemite Museum
     Yavapai and Bear Mountain
     The Yellowstone Museums
     Park Museums and the Field Division of Education

Chapter 3: The Museum Division, 1935 - 1946 (PDF)

     The Eastern Museum Division
     The Interior Department Museum
     Eastern Park Museum Projects to 1942
     The Museum Division Program in the West to 1942
     The Wartime Museum Program

Chapter 4: The Museum Branch, 1947-1964 (PDF)

     Resumption of Museum Development
     Museum Growth Before Mission 66
     Museums in Mission 66

Chapter 5: The Museum Program, 1964-1982 (PDF)

     Redirection of Exhibit Functions
     Branch of Museum Development, 1964-1967
     Branch of Museum Operations, 1964-1967
     Division of Museums, 1967-1973
     Division of Exhibits, 1974-1980
     Branch/Division of Reference Services, 1974-1980
     Division of Museum Services, 1974-1981

Chapter 6: Furnished Historic Structure Museums (PDF)

     Historic House Museums in the National Parks to 1941
     Museum Branch Involvement, 1946-1955
     Evolution of the Furnishing Plan, 1955-1982
     Operational Aspects, 1958-1982

Chapter 7: Collections (PDF)

     Natural Resource Collections
     Cultural Resource Collections

Chapter 8: Collection Management (PDF)

     Accession Policies and Procedures
     Museum Records
     Specimen Protection and Routine Care
     Curatorial Staffing

Chapter 9: Conservation of Cultural and Scientific Objects (PDF)

     The Empirical Phase, 1916-1948
     The Scientific Conservation Phase, 1949-1982

Sources Consulted (PDF)

Index (PDF)

A complete PDF copy of this study is also available.

Ralph H. Lewis

Last Updated: 16-May-2016