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That ’70s Show: California

2013 July 15

The Documerica Returns exhibit remains on display in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Public Library’s Wallace Stegner Environmental Center is hosting this display in the Main Library’s Skylight Gallery from July 1, 2013 – October 1, 2013. Map and Directions

Over the coming months, we will be featuring scenes of the past from the pacific coast and southwestern United States. This week, the spotlight continues on California. Use our quick guide below to search the amazing Documerica treasure-trove for yourself.

DOCUMERICA: Southern California -- Big Sur Coastal Area, 05/1972 by Dick Rowan.

DOCUMERICA: Southern California — Big Sur Coastal Area, 05/1972 by Dick Rowan.

DOCUMERICA: Tony Owen Organic Farm; Seeding Machine, 04/1972 by Tomas Sennett.

DOCUMERICA: Tony Owen Organic Farm; Seeding Machine, 04/1972 by Tomas Sennett.

DOCUMERICA: Crop duster plane over Imperial Valley farms, May 1972 by Charles O'Rear.

DOCUMERICA: Crop duster plane over Imperial Valley farms, May 1972 by Charles O’Rear.

Read about a recent chat with Charles O’Rear about this day in the field.

DOCUMERICA: Bill Roothier, entomologist with the California Department of Agriculture, stapling paper bag to a mulberry tree. The bag is full of cryptolaemus lady beetles used to eradicate the comstock mealy bug, 05/1972 by Gene Daniels.

DOCUMERICA: Bill Roothier, entomologist with the California Department of Agriculture, stapling paper bag to a mulberry tree. The bag is full of cryptolaemus lady beetles used to eradicate the comstock mealy bug, 05/1972 by Gene Daniels.

The call for photos for Documerica’s modern, sister-project is ongoing with a special call to match these scenes of the past with what they look like today. State of the Environment will continue 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: bitly.com/DiscoverDocumerica.

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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