Go deeper into the history of each park with scholarly articles and essays from Oxford University Press, freely available for the centennial year.

American National Biography

Hiram Martin Chittenden

historian/civil engineer

Has various connections to National Parks, from building roads in Yellowstone to investigating conditions in Yosemite

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American National Biography

Frederick Law, Jr Olmsted

landscape architect/planner

The 1916 bill establishing the National Park Service incorporated key language by Olmsted setting aside park lands for all time as places protected from development and preserved for human enjoyment. He advised the NationalPark Service on managing Yosemite National Park

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American National Biography

Howard Clinton Zahniser

editor/conservationist

Zahniser showed the film Two Yosemites to members of Congress to remind them of the controversy over damming the Hetch Hetchy Valley within Yosemite NationalPark forty years before

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American National Biography

Josiah Dwight Whitney

geologist

He also served as head of a board of commissioners to manage YosemiteNational Park.

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American National Biography

David Brower

editor/environmentalist

Occasional tour guide in Yosemite. Brower was in the vanguard of the dramatic battles waged by the Sierra Club and other groups for the integrity of national parks and the preservation of wilderness during the 1950s and 1960s. Without his efforts, national treasures such as the Grand Canyon, the Redwoods, and Dinosaur National Monument would have been irrevocably altered if not completely destroyed.

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OUP Books

The Battle over Hetch Hetchy: America's Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism

Robert W. Righter

The battle over Hecht Hecthy and the propsed damming of the Tuolumne River in the newly created Yosemite National Park sparked a firestore of criticism. In a narrative peopled by politicians and business leaders, engineers and laborers, preservationists and ordinary citizens, Robert W. Righter tells the epic story of the first major environmental battle of the twentieth century, which reverberates to this day.

The Battle over Hetch Hetchy: America's Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism
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