Although it was Woodrow Wilson who signed into law the 1916 act that created the National Park Service, Theodore Roosevelt is the U.S. president that most associate with the creation of the national parks. During his presidential tenure, Roosevelt passed the 1906 Antiquities Act and oversaw the creation of Crater Lake, Wind Cave, and Mesa Verde National Parks, in addition to Sullys Hill National Game Preserve and Platt National Park (now the Chickasaw National Recreation Area). The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University is dedicated to "preserving the legacy of America's 26th president" through a number of projects, including the creation of a digital library. As of this write-up, the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library hosts dozens of materials related to national parks and reserves, including maps, photographs, correspondence, speeches, and more. Visitors may conduct a text search of this extensive collection in the advanced search section of the website. In addition, visitors interested in learning more about Theodore Roosevelt and national parks may want to check out the conservation section in the TR Encyclopedia.
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