U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library, DenverEntry ID: USGS_PHOTO_LIBRARY
Abstract: This on-line system provides access to over 21,600 photographs dating from 1868
to the present. This site is currently ?under construction? and will change
over the next several months. Photographs will be continually added.
Captions are currently being edited for punctuation errors, misspellings, and
accuracy. Many captions are vague and will remain so, as this is the only
information the ... long-deceased geologist/photographer provided. The syntax of
the late 1800?s and early 1900?s will be preserved and changed only to allow
This collection of images emphasizes national parks and monuments, earthquakes,
the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens Volcano, and mining operations. Pioneer
photographers such as W.H. Jackson, J.K. Hillers, T.H. O?Sullivan, and A.J.
Russell are also included.
The photographs are not copyrighted and may be viewed and downloaded free of
charge. All photographs are available through this on-line archive in 100,
700, and 1400 dots per inch resolution.
The U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Archive provides access to over 21,600
photographs which date from 1868 (before the establishment of the U.S.
Geological Survey) to the present. It allows searching from a list of
subjects, as well as a free form search. When a search is complete, thumbnail
images of the selected data will appear. With the mouse positioned on the
thumbnail, a left click will produce a large size photograph with caption.
Another left click will produce a more detailed photograph with caption. A
right click will download the image; a right click with the mouse positioned on
the caption will download the caption.
All photographs are in the public domain; therefore, signed releases,
permissions, and payment for use or reproduction are not required. Also, U.S.
Geological Survey public domain photographs may not be copyrighted by private
authors or users outside the agency. All photographs are provided with the
understanding that such material may not be used to show, by implication or
otherwise, that the U.S. Department of the Interior or the U.S. Geological
Survey endorses any product or service. Credit should be given to the
individual photographer and the U.S. Geological Survey for any use made of a
The U.S. Geological Survey maintains a collection of over 500,000 photographs
taken during geologic studies of the United States and its territories from
1868 to the present. Some photographs have been used to illustrate
publications, but most have never been published.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Title: U.S. Geological Survey Photo Library
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey, DOIOnline Resource: http://libraryphoto.cr.usgs.gov/
Start Date: 1870-01-01
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > INFRASTRUCTURE > CULTURAL FEATURES
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > NATURAL HAZARDS > EARTHQUAKES
LAND SURFACE > EROSION/SEDIMENTATION > EROSION
LAND SURFACE > TOPOGRAPHY > LANDFORMS
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS > VISIBLE IMAGERY
SOLID EARTH > TECTONICS > EARTHQUAKES > EARTHQUAKE OCCURRENCES
ISO Topic Category
Distribution Media: Online HTTP
Email: Wayne.Trivelpiece at noaa.gov
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2010-05-04
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-05-12