Happy Birthday to Ansel Adams, born 112 years ago today.
In 1941, Adams visited the Still Picture Branch in the National Archives to select and print images from the Mathew Brady collection for use in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit “Photographs of the Civil War and the American Frontier,” which would open in March 1942.
The National Archives holds 226 photographs taken by Adams in 1941 when the National Park Service commissioned him to create a photo mural for the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC. The project stopped because of World War II and never resumed. (For a full list of these photos, go to: http://go.usa.gov/Bf6P)
For more documents from Adams’s visit to the National Archives, go to: http://go.usa.gov/BfFW
Happy Birthday to Photographer Ansel Adams!
2/20/1902 - 4/22/1984
“Visit to the National Archives by the famous American photographer, Ansel Adams, to look at some of his work in the Still Picture Branch, September 10, 1979″ (64-MISC-1-5)
Not only does the National Archives hold a series of his photos taken for the National Park Service (we’ve featured several in the past), but the renowned photographer also visited the Archives in person on several occasions.
"This temple of our history will appropriately be one of the most beautiful buildings in America, an expression of the American soul."
— Herbert Hoover, February 20, 1933, at the laying of the cornerstone of the National Archives Building. (Photo: 64-NA-136)
Frederick Douglass, February 1818 - February 20, 1895
Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Douglass went on to become a prominent abolitionist, author, orator and statesman.
Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879
From the Frank W. Legg Photographic Collection of Portraits of Nineteenth-Century Notables:
Fact Sheet—Astronaut Glenn’s Space Mission
A somewhat dry by-the-book recap of John Glenn’s historic mission to become the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962. With the world watching the historic and live-televised event, Glenn orbited the Earth three times in his space capsule, Friendship 7. Four hours and 55 minutes after ignition, John Glenn and Friendship 7 returned to Earth and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.
Want to see more? Try this 5-minute version of NASA’s film “Friendship 7”: