Today we celebrate National Wildlife Day with a few photos from our online records database, http://research.archives.gov/search. There is a wealth of wildlife images in our records.
What images can you find in our online database? Post them with #ArchivesWildlife and we’ll try to reblog them!
We have started a board on Pinterest with more images: http://www.pinterest.com/usnatarchives/wildlife-in-national-archives-records/.
#Wilderness50! The Gila Wilderness:
Packing along the Gila River, the traveler pauses to sense the quiet on this riverside campground below jagged tan cliffs.
Location: New Mexico (33.183° N 108.207° W)
Status: Public domain. Photo by Joe Burgess
(Submitted by usnatarchives!)
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#Wilderness50: Shining Rock Wilderness
"From a rocky vista, the view opens to horizon of pine forests with mountainscapes lining the backdrop. This vast landscape is Shining Rock Wilderness, one of the first wilderness areas to be established with the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act."
Location: Shining Rock Wilderness, North Carolina (35.378° N 82.815° W) Status: Public domain.
The Shining Rock Wilderness of North Carolina - one of the first areas to be protected under the Wilderness Act and just one of the many images of wilderness areas to be found in National Archives holdings.
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"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."
Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson fifty years ago, the Wilderness Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System and protected an initial 9.1 million aces of Federal land. It now protects over 100 million acres of wilderness in 44 states. Read more at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library.
Where is your favorite wilderness?
CLEARED LAND ON OHIO KEY, WITH A SECTION OF THE OVERSEAS HIGHWAY IN THE BACKGROUND. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD, LAND HAS BEEN CLEARED TO MAKE ROOM FOR A “TRAVEL-TRAILER” CAMP. THIS SMALL KEY HAS CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE YEARS SINCE RACHEL CARSON CAMPED HERE TO DO RESEARCH FOR HER BOOK, THE EDGE OF THE SEA (1955), 06/1973
Did you notice today’s Google Doodle dedicated to pioneering marine biologist and author Rachel Carson? This DOCUMERICA photo from 1973 shows changes to Florida’s Ohio Key, one of the areas studied for Carson’s 1955 book The Edge of the Sea.
It’s Earth Day!
"City farmers" tend their gardens in the Fenway administered by the Fenway Civic Association. Four hundred twenty-five gardens are tilled on these five acres in metropolitan Boston, 04/1973.
This year’s Earth Day theme is “Green Cities” and the gardeners of Boston’s Fenway Victory Gardens have been at it since 1942! (We wonder if cityofbostonarchives has any other photos from these historic gardens…)
Mickey’s future home
This aerial photograph from March 1, 1954, shows the Lake Buena Vista area southwest of Orlando, Florida. Seventeen years after this photo was taken, the area would be transformed from mostly swampland into the home of the Disney World theme park complex. Today, this landscape has changed drastically as part of the theme park’s 28,000 acres. The lake’s southern and eastern shoreline, in the upper left corner of the photograph, has retained much of its shape since the development of the area.
Aerial Photograph of Disney World, 03/01/1954
From the series: Aerial Photography of the Soil Conservation Service, compiled 1934 - 1954; Records of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1875 - 2002
"ODD NUMBERS TODAY"
"On January 31, 1974, an odd-numbered day, motorists with odd-numbered license plates could obtain gasoline at this station. The limit was 15 gallons. 01/1974"
List of Measurements and Weights of Lobsters with and without Claws, 12/30/1893
Records of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This document consists of a list of measurements and weights of lobsters caught for scientific study at the Woods Hole Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Vinal N. Edwards compiled this type of data and submitted it weekly to the Office of the U. S. Commissioner on Fish and Fisheries in Washington, DC.
It’s National Public Lands Day!
Join our colleagues at the Bureau of Land Management in celebrating the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Celebrate with volunteers in your community at parks and other public lands.
The Bureau of Land Management is hosting an #NPLD20 Social Media Meetup on September 28 to help you share your experiences volunteering on National Public Lands Day! Visit http://blm.gov/npld to join in on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Yonder. They’ll retweet, reblog, like, and share the best pictures and posts throughout the day.
Are you a Woodsy Owl fan? While we’re not sure if Woodsy Owl is a protected species, did you know that he is a Federally protected mascot, covered by criminal statute? When researching this post, we came across an ominous “Use Restriction” note in our online catalog:
Use Restriction(s): Restricted - Possibly
Note: The use and reproduction of the Woodsy Owl symbol is restricted by Public Law 82-359, as amended by P.L. 93-318, Title 18 U.S.C. 711A, and 36 CFR 272.
We ran it past Hannah Bergman, our resident legal eagle from the Office of General Counsel and this was her response:
"This is the most enjoyable question I’ve answered all day. Woodsy is so cute. Plus he is protected by criminal statute. That’s amazing. The reg says:
Official materials produced for the Woodsy Owl campaign may be used without express approval from the Chief of the Forest Service where such use is solely for the purpose of increasing public knowledge about wise use of the environment and programs which foster maintenance and improvement of environmental quality.
I think your proposed gif sounds like it fits within that exception, so you should be fine.”
Thanks again, Hannah - and Happy National Public Lands Day!
"Children Play in Yard of Ruston Home, while Tacoma Smelter Stack Showers Area with Arsenic and Lead Residue, 08/1972"
This photo is among the highlights at the “Searching for the Seventies: the DOCUMERICA Photography Project” exhibit, which closes Sunday September 8, 2013, at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The exhibition offers a new look at the 1970s through the lens of an astonishing Federal undertaking. DOCUMERICA was a nationwide photography project run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Have you seen the #DOCUMERICA exhibit? What did you think?
- Be sure to check out the "Searching for the Seventies" exhibit now at the National Archives!
- Follow the USNatArchivesExhibits tumblr, where every day is DOCUMERICA day.
- Don’t forget our #DOCUMERICA tag!
- Want to do you own Documerica research? Browse the EPA’s DOCUMERICA series in the National Archives’ online catalog.
If you thought this selection of DOCUMERICA photographs was fascinating, don’t miss our exhibit “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Project" at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Today marks the start of Documerica Week on In Focus — a new photo essay each day, featuring regions of the U.S. covered by the photographers of the Documerica Project in the early 1970s. The Documerica Project was put together by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1971, with a primary goal of documenting adverse effects of modern life on the environment, but photographers were also encouraged to record the daily life of ordinary people, capturing a broad snapshot of America. Today’s subject is New York City, an area covered by many photographers, showing some of the urban decay and congestion that helped prompt environmental legislation, as well as glimpses of New Yorkers at work and play. Stay tuned for part 2 of Documerica Week tomorrow, when we travel southwest.
The Sierra Club, one of the oldest environmentalist groups in the United States, was founded by Scottish-American conservationist John Muir on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco.
Sierra Club Nature Hike, 05/1972