National Park Service Turns 100

Summer is here and we hope your plans include visiting one or more of the 411 national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails in the National Park System.  If you can’t make it to one of the locations found in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands – join the National Archives online to celebrate the records of the National Park Service.

“The Tetons – Snake River,” Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. National Archives Identifier 519904


Letter from Frederick Harvey, owner of Fred Harvey Company to M. R. Tillotson, Superintendent of the Grand Canyon National Park. National Archives Identifier 27753707

Transcribing the digitized records in the National Archives Catalog is an important way to improve search results and increase accessibility to these historical records.
New to Transcription? Learn how to get started.

Are you ready to transcribe?  Jump right in and select the National Parks Transcription Mission.


Tagging is a fun and easy way for you to help make National Archives records more discoverable online. By adding keywords, terms, and labels to a record, you can do your part to help the next person discover that record.  Take a look at these photographs from the National Parks and add keywords that describe what you see.

Trail of the Ancients – Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park. National Archives Identifier 7722478

New to Tagging? Learn how to get started.

Are you ready to tag? Select the National Parks Tagging Mission and get tagging!


In the 1930s the Department of Interior made a series of films on the nation’s growing park system, from trails blazed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Yosemite, California, all the way up to Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.  Now you can see what your local parks looked like during the Great Depression, a time when many old parks were upgraded and many new parks were created.

View highlights from the National Archives’ collection of films from the National Park Service.

Now go and #FindYourPark!

One thought on “National Park Service Turns 100

  1. Is there going to be anyone proofreading these transcriptions? I’ve been a legal transcriptionist for quite a long time, and there are too many bad transcripts in the world because of a lack of proofreading.

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