Ansel Adams

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Letter from Ansel Adams to the superintendent of Yosemite National Park.

Celebrated American landscape photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams was a lifelong advocate for his country’s national parks.  His dramatic photographs and passionate correspondence influenced the preservation of numerous wilderness areas.  Although Adams supported balanced growth within the parks, he emphasized what he called the spiritual-emotional aspects of parks and wilderness areas and repeatedly opposed excessive tourism, over development and private concessionaires.  

A year after Adams’ death in 1984, an 11,760-foot peak on the edge of Yosemite National Park (California) was named Mount Ansel Adams.

Clemson University Special Collections NPS Director George B. Hartzog Jr. Papers