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National Park Service Park, Winamac Recreational Demonstration Area "Park, Parkway and Recreational-Area Study" report

 Collection — Folder: S2319
Identifier: S2319

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a "Park, Parkway and Recreational-Area Study" conducted by the National Park Service for the Winamac Recreational Demonstration Area in Pulaski County, Indiana in circa 1936. The five-page "Form 2" supplies information for existing areas and facilities and includes the following sections: general, nature of area, facilities, activities, personnel, and finance. The study notes that one group camp had opened in 1936, two additional camps would be opening in 1937, and the total value of the land (without improvements) was $135,000.

The collection also includes reports showing the expenditures for park and recreation by Indiana cities with populations under 10,000, between 10,000 and 25,000, between 25,000 and 50,000, and over 50,000. The data was collected for the years 1928 to 1933. One additonal document shows the total expenditures of all Indiana cities for the same years.


  • 1928-1936


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

In June 1936, the United States Congress passed the Park, Parkway and Recreational Area Study Act that authorized the secretary of the interior to direct the National Park Service to make a comprehensive study of lands throughout the United States, other than land under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture, that might be valuable for public parks, parkways, and recreational area programs. No study would be conducted without the consent and approval of state officials, boards, or departments that had jurisdiction over such lands and park areas. The studies were intended to supply data helpful in developing a plan for coordinated and adequate public park, parkway, and recreational area facilities for use by the people of the United States.


National Park Service."Park, Parkway, and Recreational Areas Study Act, 1936." America's National Park System: The Critical Documents. Accessed May 2, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/05/02 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/05/02 by Laura Eliason.
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