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Documerica Returns: San Francisco Debut

2013 July 3

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the San Francisco Public Library’s Wallace Stegner Environmental Center today announce the installation of EPA’s historic “Documerica Returns” photo exhibit at the San Francisco Main Library’s Skylight Gallery. The display’s visit to San Francisco will wind down its national tour and will be on view at the library until October 1, 2013.

DOCUMERICA: Hunters Along Route 580, near San Francisco. 10/1972 Erik Calonius.

DOCUMERICA: Along Route 580, near San Francisco. 10/1972 Erik Calonius.

The Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, located within the San Francisco Main Library, is a resource center for information about the environment. Its goal is to inspire understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of life on earth by providing environmental literature and innovative public programs.

WHAT: EPA’s “Documerica Returns” Photographic Traveling Exhibit National Tour

WHERE: San Francisco Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco

WHEN: July 1, 2013 – October 1, 2013 Map and Directions

The call for photos is ongoing, with a special call to match the scenes of the past with what they look like today. State of the Environment will continue accepting and highlighting submissions through the end of 2013. You can search for 1970s images of San Francisco, California and other locations in two places:

1. A selection of Documerica is available on Flickr. Check out the 1970s in: 
San Francisco; California; Hawaii; Nevada; Arizona; New Mexico

2. Search the full Documerica Collection housed by the National Archives. Search by state, landmark, year or topic with in the OPA database. You will see a search page like this. Simply type in your state or key word to get started.

Example of search results OPA Database


Documerica covered each of the 50 U.S. states, as well as select territories and international locations from 1971-1977.  Help others match images near them by sharing:

All Then and Now entries will be shared far and wide. Check out this entry from Aspen, Colorado:

If you have trouble finding photos, please let us know as a comment here and we will get back to you!

Enjoy, have fun, and we look forward to your contributions to this historic project.

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One Response
  1. pam permalink
    July 3, 2013

    over time everything changes for the better. Aspen is so beautiful like Queenstown Nz have you been? Horses are great attactive to look at

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