Press Release
Press Release · Thursday, March 1, 2001

Press Release
March 1, 2001
National Archives Major Photography Exhibition Now Available Online

College Park, MD. . . An online version of the National Archives' major exhibition "Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives" can now be viewed on the web at:

The virtual exhibition, "Picturing the Century" is based on the first part of a two-part exhibition located in the Circular Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The exhibition opened March 12, 1999 and is on display through July 4, 2001.

Celebrating the end of the century, this unique photographic exhibition marks the first time in more than 20 years that the National Archives and Records Administration has showcased its priceless collection of more than 9 million photographs. The photographs depict momentous events, illustrate changes in American society, and capture the hopes and fears of the American people throughout the 20th century. These photographs were taken by both famous and anonymous photographers who all worked, at one time, for the Federal Government.

The online exhibition is organized into six galleries (A New Century, The Great War & the New Era, The Great Depression & the New Deal, A World in Flames, Postwar America, Century's End). Also featured in the exhibition are portfolios of the work of seven distinguished photographers especially well-represented in NARA's holdings: Walter Lubken, Lewis Hine, George W. Ackerman, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Charles Fenno Jacobs, Danny Lyon.

Instructions about ordering copies of images appearing in "Picturing the Century" can be found at: An exhibition catalogue for "Picturing the Century", published in conjunction with the University of Washington Press, can also be ordered online or by phone, 1-800-234-8861.

Members of the media can download publication quality images from "Picturing the Century" at: For more information contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700.


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