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HIST 452: Parks and Recreation: History of National Parks
Resources for your research project on Shenandoah National Park.
"Prompted by the condemnation of their land, the residents began writing letters to National Park and other government officials to negotiate their rights and to request various services, property, and harvests. Typically represented in the popular media as lawless, illiterate, and incompetent, these mountaineers prove themselves otherwise in this poignant collection of letters. The history told by the residents themselves both adds to and counters the story that is generally accepted about them."
Collections of images related to the history of the park. Photo galleries include Civilian Conservation Corps, Early Log Structures, Early Park, Early Park Souvenirs, Early Trail Construction, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) for Skyline Drive, Former Mountain Residents, Pre-Park Resort Life, Segregated Facilities 1939-1950, Skyline Drive Construction, Hoovers and Rapidan Camp, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
From the Library of Congress. Photographs of former residents from 1935 by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA (Farm Security Administration). Refer below to the film Rothstein's First Assignment: A Story About Documentary Truth for critical context.
Court records related to the park. "A collaborative project between James Madison University and the Rockingham County Circuit Courthouse that is making rare documents from Rockingham County’s storied past accessible to the public." Look for "SNP" collections.
Full online text and images for back issues of selected scholarly journals and monographs in history, economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, literature, etc.
*Temporary expanded access beyond JMU subscriptions is available until Jun 30, 2022. Use this link for a list of resources: https://about.jstor.org/covid19/expanded-access-to-collections/.