For the Documerica Project (1971-1977), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s.
The U.S. National Archives digitized more than 15,000 photographs from the series "DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency's Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, compiled 1972-1977" (Record Group 412) (Local ID 412-DA) and included them in our online catalog. Our Web site has quick catalog search links for featured DOCUMERICA topics, locations, and photographers.
"Document Your Environment" Contest
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Hitchhiker with His Dog, "Tripper", 05/1972
"Hitchhiker with His Dog, "Tripper", on U.S. 66. U.S. 66 Crosses The Colorado River At Topock: 05/1972", by Charles O'Rear for DOCUMERICA
The George Washington Bridge in Heavy Smog, 05/1973
"The George Washington Bridge in Heavy Smog. View toward the New Jersey Side of the Hudson River: 05/1973" by Chester Higgins for DOCUMERICA
Earth, as Seen by Astronauts from Apollo 17, 12/1972
"Earth, as Seen by Astronauts Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt from Apollo 17: 12/1972" by NASA Apollo 17 for DOCUMERICA
Jet Zooms Over Southwestern Side of Neptune Road, 05/1973
"Jet Zooms Over Southwestern Side of Neptune Road: 05/1973" by Michael Philip Manheim for DOCUMERICA
Approaching Logan Airport, 05/1973
"Approaching Logan Airport. 05/1973" by Michael Philip Manheim for DOCUMERICA