HIST 476: History of America's National Parks

Primary Source Databases via CSU Libraries

Library of Congress Digital Collections

The Library of Congress has numerous primary sources collections related to U.S. National Parks. 

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920 

This collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage, through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress.

Chronicling America

Historic American newspapers selected and contributed by state partners in the National Digital Newspaper Program.

Mapping the National Parks

This collection documents the history, cultural aspects and geological formations of areas that eventually became National Parks. The collection consists of approximately 200 maps dating from the 17th century to the present, including 25 maps of Yellowstone National Park

Search Engines

Search engines can be useful for locating specific primary source documents. If you use Google, enter the names of specific documents in quotation marks.

  • "Yellowstone National Park"
  • "Civil Rights Act"

For broader searches, add primary source keyword terms, such as documents, primary sources, or papers to your search.

  • "Great Depression" "primary sources"
  • "Martin Luther King" "speeches"

Freely Available Online Archival Collections

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