Some of our favorite records of life in the United States include the Environmental Protection Agency’s Project DOCUMERICA collection held in the Still Pictures branch of the National Archives at College Park.
The National Archives digitized more than 15,000 photographs from the series. Some of the subjects are beach and mountain scenes; urban areas including junk yards, streets, buildings traffic control; air and water pollution; waterfronts; mining scenes; and people.
These images served as a visual record of roads designated as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads by the United States Department of Transportation based on archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities.
Help us tag details and features you find in these photographs, such as vehicles (can you identify the model and make?), highway structures, buildings, tourist cabins and motels, car washes, shopping centers, bus terminals, and parking garages.
New Citizen Archivist Mission: African American History
The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience. Explore our records documenting African American History and help transcribe these records to help make them more searchable and discoverable in the Catalog.
The National Archives celebrates Independence Day with musical performances, a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, and history-related family activities on July 4th, 2019 in Washington, DC. NARA Photo by Ted Chaffman.
Several hours of additional educational programming will be offered throughout the day.
For 50 years, the National Archives has hosted a reading of the Declaration of Independence at its iconic home in Washington, DC, to celebrate the founding of the United States. This year, the National Archives will lift the words of the Declaration of Independence off of its well-worn and much-loved parchment and bring them to homes across the country through this virtual program.
Host and narrator Soledad O’Brien will capture the patriotic spirit of the occasion and allow Americans across the country to take part in the Archives celebration. For the full schedule of programs from June 11 through August 2, visit www.archivesjuly4.org/schedule/virtual-journey.
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