Badlands National Park

A page from a 1924 travel diary of Charles Ten Broeke Goodspeed shows the Badlands in the early part of the twentieth century, before it was named a national park. It did not receive its designation until 1978.

Norman Maclean, a professor of English literature and writing at the University of Chicago from 1941 to 1972, took photographs near the Badlands in August 1933. Maclean is well known for “A River Runs Through It,” which was the first work of new fiction ever published by the University of Chicago Press in 1976.

Badlands Postcard from 1912
From: Charles Ten Broeke Goodspeed Papers. Box 4 Folder 3.

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Photo of the Badlands in 1924
From: Charles Ten Broeke Goodspeed Papers. Box 4 Folder 3.

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Photo of the Badlands in 1933
From: Norman MacLean Papers. Box 84 Folder 16.

Special Collections Research Center. University of Chicago Library.