CAMPING HISTORY IN THE NPSHC

National Park Service History Collection RG 52

Container listing

A. Introduction:

This collection contains published and unpublished material on the administration of camping in national and state parks and the management of campgrounds.

B. Other collections:

The Harpers Ferry Center Library has a special collection of late 19th and early 20th century trade literature, which includes many catalogs of camping equipment, and motor campers from the 1920's and 1930's.

C. Listing:

Box 1 & 2 "Camping"

"Camping facilities in areas administered by the National Park Service" 1959 - present (title varies. Current title is "Camping in the National Park System")

"Camping policy statement and guidelines" (4/11/60)

"Camping trends and public areas" a paper presented by Julian Harris Salomon (NPS) at the 18th National Conference on State Parks. (5/13/38)

"The National Park Service in the field of organized camping" prepared for the 1937 yearbook "Park and recreational progress."

"Conference on camp planning" minutes of a conference held at Camp Edith Macy, Briarcliff Manor, NY, 5/20-23/36.

"Resident camps for children : present status & future needs" a report prepared by the American Caming Association for the National Park Service (1960).

"Camper activities in Yosemite Valley" by Lemuel A. Garrison. Yosemite Nature Notes v. 18:6, (June, 1939).

"Winter camping study, 1967-68" by the Camping Committee of the NPS (October, 1968).

"A summary report of 17 parks in the Campground Survey, 1966" by the Camping Committee of the NPS (November, 1967)

Box 3 "Campground Reservations"

This box includes material on the search for a campground reservation system for the NPS. Holdings include transcripts of oversight hearings in Congress, contract documents for the system as well as responses to the RFP. Also included is the following report:

"The campsite reservation system: a pilot program in six National Parks" (1973)

Other materials:

The Administrative Manuals Collection includes the following:

Special Park Uses Handbook (November, 1967) Part 2: "Camping"


Prepared 1988
Reformatted 1998