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March 2005

National Park Service Historic Photo Collection
Vast collection of images online.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This site features some 2,000 photos from the National Park Service Photo Collection of more than two million images of the National Parks’ grounds and buildings.
The site is simply but attractively designed in black and white. The database can be searched by theme, year, photographer, parksite, collection, keyword and catalog number. Links to the search tool can be found in the right side bar and the bottom of the page.

The NPS Historical Photograph Collection offers a virtual visit to some compelling photographs of the nation’s national parks. These photographs are the work of such eminent photographers as Jack Boucher, Arno B. Cammerer, George A. Grant, M. Woodbridge “Woody” Williams, and Abbie Rowe. The photograph database can be searched individually by photographer, theme, parksite, collection, eminent photographer, keyword and catalog number or by combining any of the search terms. The themes cover architecture, Civil War, flora and fauna, environmental impacts, events and more. Clicking on each image displays a complete record of the site. Some interesting photos include a 1929 photo of Yosemite National Park and the Wawona Tunnel Tree, the Memorial Bridge over the Appomattox River at Appomattox Court House NHP and Petroglyphs depicting animals and geometric symbols in Canyon de Chelly New Mexico.


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