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
JIM WALTER, NATURALIST WITH EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK COUNTS LOGGERHEAD TURTLE EGGS AND RE-SETS THE NEST, 08/1972
From the Records of the Environmental Protection Agency (12/02/1970-)
Today is World Sea Turtle Day! Along the seashore, it’s lights out at night during the months of May to September to protect the nesting sea turtles.
May 8 is National Bike to School Day!
SCHOOL CHILDREN, WERE FORCED TO USE THEIR BICYCLES ON FIELD TRIPS DURING THE FUEL CRISIS IN THE WINTER OF 1974. THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH GASOLINE FOR SCHOOL BUSES TO BE USED FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, EVEN DURING DARK AND RAINY WEATHER, 02/1974
What did you ride to school? 10 Speed? BMX? Fixie?
It’s Arbor Day!
STUDENTS OF ROCK SCHOOL IN PICEANCE CREEK AREA ARE PLANTING TREES AROUND THE SCHOOL, 04/1973(More items from DOCUMERICA are currently on exhibit at the National Archives: “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project”)
40 years later, wonder if these trees are still there…
What will you be planting today?
Take Action for Earth Day!
ROADSIDE LITTER CLEAN-UP. 04/1972
Already did your part for Earth Day? Celebrate by checking out “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project” now on exhibit at the National Archives.
How are you taking action for Earth Day?
Auto Dump 4/1972
Gene Daniels, Photographer. From the EPA’s DOCUMERICA series. (now on exhibit as: “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project,”)
This pile of vintage 50-60s era junkers is likely a distressing sight to gearheads and environmentalists alike. Which makes & models can you identify?
DOCUMERICA: The Photographers
For the DOCUMERICA project, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired nearly 100 freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s. A panel of these photographers discuss their work shown in the exhibit, “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project,” including Jack Corn, Lyntha Scott Eiler, Tom Hubbard, Michael Philip Manheim, and John H. White. Presented in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the National Archives William G. McGowan Theater. (Enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance on Constitution Ave. )