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S. Herbert Evison donated his records in two phases. In 1967, he donated papers that comprise this collection. He later donated a series of audio recordings and transcripts.
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[Identification of item], S. Herbert Evison Papers, CONS31, Conservation Western History Collection, The Denver Public Library.
Number of Boxes: 4 boxes, 1 photo folio (4 linear feet)
Revised July 2009
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE :
S. Herbert Evison held many positions throughout his career, but is most noted for his work with state and national parks. He was involved in programs to increase and improve state parks throughout the United States, and later served in the National Park Service for over twenty years.
Born in April 1892, Evison initially pursued a career as a teacher of English and Latin. Later he became involved in journalism and eventually became executive secretary for the National Conference on State Parks. He remained in that position until 1933, when he began working for the National Park Service (NPS). He served as supervisor of State Park Emergency Conservation Work, during which time he worked closely with the Civilian Conservation Corps. Also during this time, Evison edited the book State Park Anthology, which contains numerous viewpoints on the future of state parks in America.
In 1946, Evison was promoted to Chief of Information for the NPS, a position he held for twelve years. He retired from that position and from the NPS in 1958. He spent his retirement years in Pennsylvania.
Following his retirement, Evison began an interviewing project in which he solicited the thoughts and opinions of many of his contemporaries in the NPS. These recordings contain many insights from the men who played a large part in NPS activities, and are one of Evison's many lasting contributions to the history of the Park Service.
S. Herbert Evison passed away in November 1988.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :
The S. Herbert Evison collection contains items from the years of 1940-1969. Included in the collection are correspondence, reports, published and unpublished articles, National Park Service (NPS) memos and statistics, and one folder of photographs.
Evison gathered the items that make up this collection in an attempt to write a history of the National Park Service. Some were obtained while he was an employee of the NPS, while others were obtained later to fill specific gaps in his proposed history. Many of the letters contain answers to specific questions asked of NPS officials and employees. Evison did not complete his history of the NPS, but an early draft of one chapter is part of the collection. The files are arranged according to the subject headings and order which Evison gave them.
In addition to his research materials, Evison also donated several recordings and transcripts of interviews he conducted with NPS employees.
SERIES 1 CORRESPONDENCE 1951-1967 BOX 1 :
This series is made up of correspondence to and from Evison. A variety of topics are addressed in the letters, which are not connected with the other topical files in this collection. Articles and book reviews by Evison and the NPS alumni association are among the topics covered in the correspondence. Two of the folders deal with specific National Parks and proposed changes in their management.
SERIES 2 HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE 1955-1969 BOX 1-2 :
Research notes, correspondence, and reports are all included in these files, compiled by Evison. The folders are arranged by topic, and ordered as Evison had intended to present the information in his book. Information gathered in his attempt to write a history of the NPS and in his interviews with NPS employees make up this series.
SERIES 3 AUDIO INTERVIEWS WITH NATIONAL PARK SERVICE EMPLOYEES 1960-1965 BOX 3-4 :
Includes tapes and transcriptions of his oral history interviews with Park Service employees.
SERIES 4 PHOTOGRAPHS 1940-1958 PHOTO FOLIO 1 :
Black and white photographs, some of Evison and colleagues, others with no identification.
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