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Creating the National Park Service : the missing years /
by Horace M. Albright and Marian Albright Schenck ; foreword by Robert M. Utley.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c1999.
xx, 350 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0806131160 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c1999.
0806131160 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [337]) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-09:
Albright and Schenck summarize the time span from 1913 to 1919, the years immediately before and after the establishment of the US National Park Service in 1916. They detail the numerous problems the infant park service faced. The first director, Stephen Mather, was a genius for getting other government bureaucracies, Congress, and powerful private citizens to support the National Park service. But it was Albright, who later became the second director of the park service, and other loyal subordinates, who did the daily work. Furthermore, when Mather was hospitalized for manic depression in 1917, Albright and others carried on Mather's work without the public's knowledge. This book is an extremely readable and authoritative account that shows how and why the Park Service adopted the policies that favor easy travel and comfort in the national parks. This illustrated book is supplemented by an excellent index and select list of recommended readings. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. R. G. McWilliams; Miami University
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Table of Contents
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Boyhood Days in the Owens Valley, 1890-1908p. 3
University of California, 1908-13p. 10
Washington, D.C., 1913-14p. 18
Enter Stephen Tyng Mather, 1914-15p. 30
Personnel and Personalities, 1915p. 41
First Steps toward a National Park Service, 1915p. 57
The Mather Mountain Party, 1915p. 67
Exploring the Parks, North by Northwest, 1915p. 85
Wonderland and Beyond, 1915p. 98
Hot Springs, Battlefields, and a Wedding, 1915-16p. 113
Western Adventures and Washington Maneuvers, 1916p. 123
A National Park Service Is Born, 1916p. 142
Troubling Signs, 1916p. 174
Collapse, 1917p. 187
On My Own, 1917p. 201
"Hoofed Locusts," 1917p. 213
Summer in the Parks, 1917p. 224
Exploring a New World of Parks, 1917p. 240
Light at the End of the Tunnel, 1917p. 254
Park and Resource Preservation, 1918p. 264
A Creed for the Park Service, 1918p. 274
Greater Yellowstone, 1918p. 285
"I'm Coming Down to Washington," 1918p. 296
A Step Backward, 1918p. 308
A New Year and a New Future, 1919p. 319
Suggested Readingsp. 337
Indexp. 339
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