Park Museum Collection Profile
Shenandoah National Park

Collection SummaryShenandoah’s museum collections, with the exception of archaeological objects, focus on the period 1875-1960. The primary areas of concentration are the development and operation of Skyland (a mountain resort established in 1886), Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover’s Rapidan Camp (their “summer White House”), the movement to establish National Parks in the east and the establishment and development of Shenandoah National Park, and the role of the Civilian Conservation Corps and New Deal agencies nationally and within Shenandoah National Park.

Archaeological objects and their associated records document sites spanning from the Early Archaic to Civilian Conservation Corps camps and a World War II military base. Over 52,000 objects are cataloged. Archival collections comprise over 340,000 items and include Civilian Conservation Corps architectural drawings and photographs of work projects in the park, Bureau of Public Roads engineering drawings related to the construction of Skyline Drive, park resource management records beginning from 1931 to the present, and Civilian Conservation Corps instructional manuals, newspapers, correspondence, photographs, menus, and yearbooks of national provenance. History objects, some 8,000, include CCC uniforms, dishes, handicraft items, insignia, work tools, and furniture, an extensive collection of early park souvenirs, and both Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt election ephemera.

Collection Size 821,429
 
Facilities Exhibiting Museum Items Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center
Massanutten Lodge
 
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