About the U.S. National Archives Photographs on Flickr

The United States National Archives and Records Administration is delighted to join the Flickr community. We look forward to introducing some of our photographs to a new audience as well as interacting with experienced National Archives visitors and researchers in a new way. We invite you to explore our photographs. Please share your knowledge, insights, and experience by adding tags, notes, and comments. We would love to hear from you.


Only a small sampling of our photographs can be found on Flickr at this time. For the pilot project, we will post a selection of photographs from the Women's Bureau, the Environmental Protection Agency, and a few favorites. The photos you see here are only a sample of the more than 25 million photographs and 20,000 graphic images (posters and some original artwork) held in roughly 2,500 series at the U.S. National Archives in the Washington, D.C., area, our regional archives facilities from coast to coast, and from the twelve Presidential Libraries under U.S. National Archives administration. These photographs, most taken by agents of Federal agencies over the years, cover a wide range of subjects and themes documented in the work of the United States government. Higher resolution versions of many of these images can be obtained from the U.S. National Archives by following the links located below each image.


To learn more about our participation on Flickr, visit: www.archives.gov/social-media/flickr-faqs.html


What Is the U.S. National Archives?

The U.S. National Archives was established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt, but its major holdings date back to 1775. The National Archives keeps only those Federal records that are judged to have continuing value -- about 2 to 5 percent of those generated in any given year. By now, they add up to a formidable number, diverse in form as well as in content. In addition to the photographs and graphic images described above, there are approximately 9 billion pages of textual records; 7.2 million maps, charts, and architectural drawings; billions of machine-readable data sets; and more than 365,000 reels of film and 110,000 videotapes. All of these materials are preserved because they are important to the workings of Government, have long-term research worth, or provide information of value to citizens.


To learn more about photograph holdings at the U.S. National Archives, visit www.archives.gov/research/formats/photos.html.


To see more U.S. National Archives photographs, visit:

The National Archives' News and Events photostream on Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnews/

The Archival Research Catalog (ARC): www.archives.gov/research/arc/

The Digital Vaults online exhibit: www.digitalvaults.org




Photo Comment and Posting Policy


We welcome your comments on our photographs. Here is some information you should know in advance.


* Our Flickr photostream is moderated and we will only post comments from commenters over 13 years of age.


* We will remove comments that contain abusive, vulgar, offensive, threatening or harassing language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific individuals or groups.


* We will remove comments that contain personal information (whether your own or someone else's), including home address, home or cell phone number, or personal e-mail address.


* We will remove comments that are clearly off-topic, that promote services or products, or that promote or oppose any political party, person campaigning for elected office, or any ballot proposition.


* Communications made through Flickr’s e-mail and messaging system will in no way constitute a legal or official notice or comment to NARA or any official or employee of NARA for any purpose.


* The content of all comments are released into the public domain unless the commenter clearly states otherwise, so do not submit anything you do not wish to broadcast to the general public.


* We do not discriminate against any views, but reserve the right not to post or remove comments that do not adhere to these standards.


See National Archives on Flickr: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.


Reporters are asked to send questions to the NARA Public Affairs Office through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. NARA Public Affairs can be reached at 202-357-5300.




This site is not hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration and thus the privacy policies of NARA do NOT apply. The privacy policy for this web site may be found at info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/flickr/details.html. NARA retains records of the content on the NARA portion of this site, as is provided for in our records retention schedules and mandated by the Federal Records Act. These records include user comments and any personally identifiable information a commenter shares with NARA. Because these records are collected from a public web site, it may be disclosed to others and used by NARA in the conduct of agency business. Please do not share information such as social security numbers, birth dates, or other private information that you do not want to make available to others. NARA disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from any comments posted on this page. This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.


Information about NARA activities and other methods to communicate with NARA are also available on NARA's official web page at www.archives.gov/, along with archival photos, videos and other documents. The privacy policy for www.archives.gov/ maybe found there.

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