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Government “documents” come in all shapes and sizes and formats. I have never delved much into images available from government agencies, but there are a lot and it is increasingly easy to find collections of them. The current (April 4, 2014 — Volume 20, Number 13) edition of The Scout Report, for example, describes the Public Health Image Library (PHIL) as offering an “organized, universal electronic gateway to the Center for Disease Control’s pictures.” (Note: the site cautions that it “includes subject matter that might be unsuitable for children. Viewing discretion is advised.”)
Even better, the PHIL web site “links” page lists many United States Federal Government “Photo Repositories.” Here is a copy of that list:
- U.S. Government Graphics and Photos
- Department of State Portraits and Stock Photographs
- National Park Service Digital Image Archives
- Fish and Wildlife Service Digital Library System
- Federal Emergency Management Administration Photo Library
- U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library
- Bureau of Land Management Digital Photo Library
- National Aeronautics & Space Administration Ames Imaging Library
- National Aeronautics & Space Administration Video Gallery
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Photo Library
- Department of Agriculture On Line Photography Center
- Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Reading Room
- National Science Foundation Image Library
- Department of Defense Multimedia Library
- U.S. Mint Image Library
- Customs and Border Protection Image Library
Hat tip to The Scout Report.
This is from last year, in case you missed it. (I did.):
- Documerica Returns!, EPA blog (May 2nd, 2011).
Almost 40 years ago, EPA’s Documerica project captured thousands of images of environmental problems and everyday life. Now it’s your turn!
On Earth Day 2011, EPA put out a global call for current photos of life and our environment, PLUS a challenge to photograph the ‘now’ of places in Documerica. Your photo could be exhibited around the U.S. in 2012!
Sign up and submit photos through Flickr!
EPA wants your environment pictures, issues public photo challenge, by Michael Cooney, Network WorldBy (01/06/12).
Library of Congress Unveils Redesigned Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, News from the Library of Congress, April 7, 2010.
PPOC offers access to 1.25 million digital images and to more than 600,000 records describing the collections in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division (P&P). The improved catalog can be found at www.loc.gov/pictures/.
“The new features are wonderful,” said Helena Zinkham, acting chief of P&P. “People seeking specific subjects, or just wanting to explore what’s available, can interact more easily with the picture collections. They now have the tools they’ve come to expect from other websites, like a variety of viewing options and simple sharing of what’s found, plus improved keyword access and more indexes to browse.”