Publication Series


In addition to (Historical and Natural History) Handbooks, the National Park Service has produced a number of "series" of titles that cover a range of subjects. The links below reflect some of the more popular series of publications (the contents of many are available online for your reading pleasure and more will be released in the future). They include:

The Archeological Research Series (subsequently renamed Publications in Archeology), started in 1951 as a series of research studies devoted to specialized topics which have been explored in connection with the various areas in the National Park System. The short-lived Anthropological Papers specifically covered an evaluation of the Inter-Agency Archeological Salvage Project and a scholarly interpretation of the available archeological data obtained from the Missouri River Valley of North and South Dakota. Extensive archeological work at Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde has resulted, in addition to titles in the aforementioned series, both the Reports of the Chaco Center and the Mesa Verde Research Series (published by the Mesa Verde Museum Association). The Smithsonian Institution started publishing Annual Reports of the Bureau of American Ethnology as far back as 1879; many of those titles covered early discovery and excavation of what would subsequently become national park units. Additionally, starting in 1940 the Southwestern Monuments Association published a Technical Series, which covered both National Park and adjacent sites in Arizona and New Mexico.

Founded in 1923. the National Park Service's Field Division of Education was headquartered at the University of California at Berkeley. While its main goal was to hire and train park naturalists (then called Ranger-Naturalists), this office also produced a number of reports which were useful for park naturalists and superintendents in developing interpretive programs or museum displays. These publications set the stage for more in-depth studies of the parks in subsequent years. Many of these publications were prepared by a special research group employed under the Civil Works Program of 1933-34.

The Fauna of the National Parks of the United States were a series of reports dealing with the vertebrate fauna of the national parks, initially prepared by the Branch of Education and Research of the National Park Service (first date of publication, 1933). Following on the success of the Fauna series, the Scientific Monograph and Occasional Papers series continued the rich tradition of presenting detailed research studies for various park units.

In many respects, both the Interpretive and Source Book series were the precursor to the Historical Handbooks, in format, with the Source Book Series focusing on contemporary narratives and letters of historical importance.

The Popular Study Series actually had its origins as articles in the National Park Service's Region One (Eastern) newsletter, The Regional Review. 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 aforementioned Interpretive Series ). Other NPS regions also produced their own newsletters, including Region III (Southwest, Region III Quarterly), the National Monuments of the Southwest produced both monthly and annual reports (Southwestern Monthly Reports), and many individual National Parks produced Nature Notes.

Our National Parks have hosted many conferences over the years (including the first National Park Conference hosted in Yellowstone in 1911) and many more conferences have been held about our parks. Some of those conference proceedings have been published in the Transactions & Proceedings Series, while many more papers from conferences have published by the National Park Service, or host organizations for these conferences.

Theodore W. Sudia was the author for the Urban Ecology Series. The recognition that every city functions as a biological community was addressed in this series which was produced in the 1970s.

The links below link to the covers of these publications; full electronic editions of many of these titles are available by clicking on the link below each document cover.

NPS Series
Field Division of Education
In-Service / Visitor Services Training

Occasional Papers
Popular Study
Scientific Monograph
Source Book
Transactions & Proceedings
Urban Ecology

NPS Series: Anthropology | Archeology | Field Division of Education | Fauna | Interpretive | Occasional Papers | Popular Study | Scientific Monograph | Source Book | Transactions & Proceedings | Urban Ecology

Date: 27-Aug-2021