Are you interested in a particular park/region, or the NPS as a whole? From a cursory search of the catalog, it looks like most of the records from the time period you're interested in are organized into series by region.
Thanks so much for getting back to me.
I am interested in national-level policy on law enforcement during this
period. I am looking for things like: training standards, dress standards
(do they wear a gun or not--this is not information included in the NPS
uniform history website), and standard operating procedures for law
enforcement duties. If there is information like this for a specific
region, I'd be pleased to use that as well.
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If you haven’t consulted it already, I found a book called National Park Service Law Enforcement: to Conserve and Protect (WorldCat link) which hopefully will have citations you can use to locate sources. There are also a number of memoirs that have been written by former law enforcement/protection rangers.
For administrative and policy issues, series created by the National Park Service with “central files,” “administrative files,” and “subject files” in the title will probably be the most likely sources of useful information.
I found a few series in the National Archives catalog (catalog.archives.gov) that may contain information relevant to your research questions-
Also, if you go to the advanced search in the catalog, you can search for keywords within the NPS record group (The NPS is Record Group 79, so just type “79” into the record group text field). A search for “uniform” produced several file units that fall within the time frame you’re interested in.
Many of the larger national parks have their own on-site archives, so you might have some luck contacting them. You might also find some useful information in the records of the US Park Police.
With regards to guns- According to the NPS old-timers I’ve talked to in the past, generally rangers did not start carrying weapons openly until the late 1960s/early 1970s. Guns and the “professionalization” of law enforcement in the NPS was a very controversial issue at the time, and if that is something that interests you, there’s definitely records relevant to that discussion Administrative Files, 1949 - 1971.
I hope this helps! Update us on what you find- this topic sounds fascinating!
Thank you so much for this! I will try to take a look at the Classified
Files and the Administrative files.
I have already read National Park Service Law Enforcement: to Conserve and
Protect and it was helpful.
I truly appreciate the engagement. Once I've been able to submit my paper,
I will certainly give an update!