History of the National Park Service - Temple University
Assignment I: Legislative History
Most National Park Service units are created by an act of Congress and, therefore, have a legislative history. Your purpose in this assignment is to retrieve that history by finding your unit’s enabling legislation and infer from it why your park was created and under what circumstances.
The Congressional Record (follow link for a searchable version available at Paley Library) publishes the proceedings and debates of the U.S. Congress, and therefore contains in print the enabling legislation of all NPS units. Begin this assignment by searching the Congressional Record for your unit. HeinOnline is another database to try searching for congressional documents and legislation.
Once you’ve found your park’s enabling legislation, print a copy of it and turn it into me along with a summary of its contents—typed, stapled to the legislation, and with your name at the top—including: