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
- Colorado River. Grand Canyon, foot of Toroweap, looking up, easterly. The man on the top left side is unidentified. Hillers photo. 1871 - 1878.
NARA ID: 517845
- Grand Canyon. Muav Canyon, Colorado River. The very small figure, a man is down in the canyon, maybe a topographer. Hillers photo. 1871 - 1878.
NARA ID: 518025
These animated gifs were generated from stereograms taken by John Hillers during the Powell Surveys of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon in the 1870s. They are among some of the earliest photographs taken of the Grand Canyon.
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.
Everglades National Park Established December 6, 1947
The park was established to conserve the natural landscape and prevent further degradation of its land, plants, and animals in southern Florida. Today Everglades National Park is a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.
Chokoloskee Rookery In Everglades National Park, 07/1972
Fred Ward, photographer.
From the series - DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977
At the National Archives, we have a great series of stock photographs from the Environmental Protection Agency of Scenic Photographs Taken Throughout the United States and here at Today’s Document we love to share them!
Happy Alaska Day!
Photograph of View toward Worthington Glacier, 08/1974
Original caption: View west parallel to pipeline alignment toward Worthington Glacier which descends from 6,000-foot-high peaks almost to the Richardson Highway. The pipeline will be pushed through dense forest like that seen here prior to crossing the Richardson Highway and Tsina river for the second time in seven miles. Mile 749, near the Alaska pipeline route.
Photograph from the series DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977
On October 18, 1867, the United States officially took possession of the territory of Alaska, having agreed to purchase it from Russia for 7.2 Million Dollars. Alaska would become the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
The Great New England Hurricane
The deadliest hurricane to hit New England, the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 made landfall 75 years ago on September 21, 1938. Hurricane forecasting at the time was in its infancy and the intensity of the storm was underestimated and it struck further north than predicted. The storm left death and destruction strewn across all 6 New England states and Long Island, causing millions of dollars in damages and leaving between 600-800 fatalities.
The Battle of Chickamauga - September 19 - 20, 1863
Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s Army of the Tennessee defeated forces from the Union’s Army of the Cumberland under Major General William Rosecrans in the Battle of Chickamauga in Georgia on September 19-20, 1863. However, Rosecrans’ forces were able to slip away to Chattanooga, and later relieved by forces under Ulysses S. Grant.
Map of the Battlefield of Chickamauga, A. Hager Draft., 04/22/1864. From the series: Civil Works Map File, 1800 - 1947
Photos of the Chickamauga Battlefield from the Mathew Brady Photographs series
"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?
"The U.S. Geological Survey in camp at Red Buttes.
Figures are 1. F.V. Hayden, U.S. Geologist in Charge, 2. James Stevenson, 3. H.W. Elliot, 4. S.R. Gifford, guest, 5. J.H. Beaman, 6. C.S. Turnbull, 7 and 8. cooks, 9. Cyrus Thomas, 10. H.D. Schmidt, 11. C.P. Carrington, 12. L.A. Bartlett, 13. Raphael, hunter, 14. A.L. Ford, 15. W.H. Jackson.
Natrona County, Wyoming. 08/24/1870”
From the Hayden Survey photographs series by William H. Jackson, photographer, from the Records of the U.S. Geological Survey
National Parks 2-for-1 Day!
- Grand Canyon National Park, established by President Wilson on February 26, 1919, following its designation as a National Monument in 1908(View, dark shadows to right, high horizon, “Grand Canyon National Park,” Arizona., 1933 - 1942, Ansel Adams, Photographer.)
- Grand Teton Nation Park, established by President Coolidge on February 26, 1929, and later expanded in 1950