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National Parks around the world

September 22, 2011

Get a rare look at items from around the world that chronicle the development and evolution of national parks. The exhibit, 'The International Parks Publications Collection,' at Morgan Library features colorful post cards, books, and brochures from 18 countries. The exhibit is open now through October 31.

The impetus for the formation of national parks

During the early 1800s, naturalists living on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean advocated for governmental action that would protect areas of natural beauty and preserve wildlife habitat for future generations.

Soon after the world’s first national park was formally created in Yellowstone in 1872, lands were set aside for national parks in:

  • Australia (1879),
  • Canada (1885), and
  • New Zealand (1887).

During the next century, legislators from many other nations saw the value in designating protected lands as national parks.

Publications collection

To recognize the historical importance of the formation of these national parks located around the globe, the Colorado State University Libraries presents the exhibit, "International Parks Publications Collection." The exhibit features items from national parks around the world.

  • Now through Oct. 31
  • Morgan Library, Room 202 (Archives and Special Collections)

Exhibit coincides with colloquium

The exhibit coincides with the “National Parks Beyond the Nation” colloquium sponsored by the Public Lands History Center and the Department of History.

Display represents 18 countries

The display offers colorful park brochures, post cards, books, and ephemera from eighteen of the more than forty countries represented in the International Parks Publications Collection of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Archive at Colorado State University Libraries.

Archives reading room hours

Archives reading room hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For answers to additional questions about the exhibit or the collection, please contact:

Contact: Linda Meyer
Phone: 491-4692