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Creating the National Park Service: The Missing Years

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Albright (1890-1987) and his daughter reveal the previously untold story of how he secretly served as acting director of the Service in 1917 and 1918 while the official director, Stephan T. Mather, was disabled by manic depression. The two men played a crucial role in the creation and early history of the institution. No bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806131559
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction
1 Boyhood Days in the Owens Valley, 1890-1908 3
2 University of California, 1908-13 10
3 Washington, D.C., 1913-14 18
4 Enter Stephen Tyng Mather, 1914-15 30
5 Personnel and Personalities, 1915 41
6 First Steps toward a National Park Service, 1915 57
7 The Mather Mountain Party, 1915 67
8 Exploring the Parks, North by Northwest, 1915 85
9 Wonderland and Beyond, 1915 98
10 Hot Springs, Battlefields, and a Wedding, 1915-16 113
11 Western Adventures and Washington Maneuvers, 1916 123
12 A National Park Service Is Born, 1916 142
13 Troubling Signs, 1916 174
14 Collapse, 1917 187
15 On My Own, 1917 201
16 "Hoofed Locusts," 1917 213
17 Summer in the Parks, 1917 224
18 Exploring a New World of Parks, 1917 240
19 Light at the End of the Tunnel, 1917 254
20 Park and Resource Preservation, 1918 264
21 A Creed for the Park Service, 1918 274
22 Greater Yellowstone, 1918 285
23 "I'm Coming Down to Washington," 1918 296
24 A Step Backward, 1918 308
25 A New Year and a New Future, 1919 319
Suggested Readings 337
Index 339
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