In the Spotlight, August 2016:

In the Spotlight, August 2016:

Each month an item or group of items from the book, archives, manuscript or artifact holdings of Special Collections & Archives are selected for display in the Reading Room. This month’s featured items are in honor of the 100th anniversary of The National Park Service.

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the thirty-five national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established.  Today, the U.S. National Park System comprises more than 400 areas covering more than 84 million acres in fifty states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands.

Special Collections and Archives holds papers of National Park Service directors George B. Hartzog, Ronald H. Walker, Gary Everhardt, Russell E. Dickenson, William Penn Mott Jr., James M. Ridenour and Frances P. Mainella, as well as senior NPS administrators Hobart G. Cawood and Lemuel A. Garrison.