Creating the National Park Service: The Missing Years

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1999 - Political Science - 384 pages
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Two men played a crucial role in the creation and early history of the National Park Service: Stephen T. Mather, a public relations genius of sweeping vision, and Horace M. Albright, an able lawyer and administrator who helped transform that vision into reality.
In Creating the National Park Service, Albright and his daughter, Marian Albright Schenck, reveal the previously untold story of the critical "missing years" in the history of the service. During this period, 1917 and 1918, Mather's problems with manic depression were kept hidden from public view, and Albright, his able and devoted assistant, served as acting director and assumed Mather's responsibilities.
Albright played a decisive part in the passage of the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916; the formulation of principles and policies for management of the parks; the defense of the parks against exploitation by ranchers, lumber companies, and mining interests during World War I; and other issues crucial to the future of the fledgling park system.
This authoritative behind-the-scenes history sheds light on the early days of the most popular of all federal agencies while painting a vivid picture of American life in the early twentieth century.
 

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Contents

Boyhood Days in the Owens Valley 18901908
3
University of California 190813
10
WashingtonD C 191314
18
Enter Stephen Tyng Mather 191415
30
Personnel and Personalities 1915
41
First Steps toward a National Park Service 1915
57
The Mather Mountain Party 1915
67
Exploring the Parks North by Northwest 1915
85
Western Adventures and Washington Maneuvers 1916
123
A National Park Service Is Born 1916
142
Troubling Signs 1916
174
Collapse 1917
187
On My Own 1917
201
Hoofed Locusts 1917
213
Summer in the Parks 1917
224
Exploring a New World of Parks 1917
240

Wonderland and Beyond 1915
98
Hot Springs Battlefields and a Wedding 191516
113
Light at the End of the Tunnel 1917
254
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Horace M. Albright (1890-1987) was Assistant Director of the National Park Service from 1917 to 1919, became the first NPS superintendent of Yellowstone National Park in July 1919, and was named Director of the National Park Service in 1929.

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