Most of the photographs in this exhibition document the actions of a Federal agency or are a part of its work. When an agency no longer needs the images, they are sent to the National Archives.

The National Archives Building in Washington D.C.

Federal agencies took photographs of work and workers for many reasons.

The photographic holdings in the National Archives are immense and continually growing. In the Washington, DC, area alone they consist of

Also, millions of photographs are in the Archives’ Presidential Libraries, and thousands more are available among our National Archives locations nationwide.

All photographs in this exhibition are digital images made from the original media held by the National Archives. Captions in quotation marks are from the original record.