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Exhibit highlights CSU, Park Service connection

May 22, 2009

Colorado State Libraries is hosting an exhibit of items donated by national park historian and Colorado State instructor John Albright. The collection includes first edition books by Enos Mills and John Muir, publications about Yellowstone and other national parks, and documents which describe the evolving mission of the National Park Service.

'Protecting and Sharing our Scenic Heritage: Conservationists, the College, and the Parks'

Archives and Special Collections 
John Albright National Park Service Collection
Now - June 15
Room 202, Morgan Library 
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

For nearly a century, forestry deans and professors at Colorado's land-grant institution have assisted in the education of individuals destined for careers with the National Park Service or United States Forest Service. By the 1920s, this effort had become so successful that the college was sometimes referred to as the “ranger factory.” 

First edition books and other historical documents

In light of CSU's long-standing association and collaboration with the National Park Service, it seems appropriate that the Colorado State Libraries' Archives and Special Collections is introducing the "John Albright National Park Service Collection.'

This past March, National Park Service historian and Colorado State instructor John Albright donated his papers to the Colorado State University Libraries. The generous gift includes first edition books by Enos Mills and John Muir, publications about Yellowstone, Gettysburg, Mesa Verde and other national parks, and documents that describe the changing mission of the NPS from the 1960s through the 1990s. 

Collection on display in Archives and Special Collections

The John Albright collection was featured in an exhibit that accompanied the April 27 Monfort Professor-in-Residence Lecture by Robert Stanton, former director of the National Park Service. The exhibit can now be seen in the Archives and Special Collections reading room on the second floor of Morgan Library, room 202. 

Complementary collection of century old documents

The archive holdings also include another collection with items relating to national parks, forests, and the role of the state agricultural college in educating students about this country’s natural resources.

A second exhibit case in the reading room features a selection of century-old documents, including letters from conservationists such as Enos Mills, from the Records of the Colorado State Forestry Association. This combined exhibit will remain on display in the reading room through June 15.

Contact: Linda Meyer
Phone: (970) 491-4692