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USGS Photo Library Archive
This collection consists of thousands of photos dating from 1868 to the present with emphasis on geology, earthquake damage, and national parks and monuments. Pioneer photographers such as W.H. Jackson, J.K. Hillers, T.H. O'Sullivan, A.J. Russell and others are featured in one section. Other topics include the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption of 1980, and mines, mills and quarries. The system allows searching from a list of subjects, as well as a free form search. All photos are available in 100, 700, 1400 and 1600+ dots per inch resolution.
Intended for grade levels:
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Abstract / Summary
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The photographs are not copyrighted and may be viewed and downloaded free of charge.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-004-288
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey

Contact: Tommie Ann Gard
U.S. Geological Survey