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Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives

For Release: September 25, 2001
College Station, TX -

"Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives," includes breathtaking views of the American West, nostalgic images of rural America, emotion-filled portraits of urban blight; and snapshots of Americans at work and play. A new traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian features photographs from the National Archives that celebrate the past 100 years of American life.

"Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives" was created by the National Archives and Records Administration and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibition will tour through 2004.

"Picturing the Century" celebrates the 20th century. The images in this photography exhibit highlight major events from the past 100 years-from the Wright brothers' first flight to the construction of the Empire State Building, from Omaha Beach to the Persian Gulf. Other images provide historic glimpses of America's rural and urban landscapes as well as reflect times of economic or social change.

Six portfolios in the exhibition present works by six photographers: Lewis Hine, Walter Lubken, George Ackerman, Charles Fenno Jacobs, Dorothy Lange and Danny Lyon. The portfolios include both never before seen photographs and images that have become so famous they are icons of the events themselves.

In March 1999, the National Archives displayed the original exhibition containing a selection from the millions of both color and black-and-white photographs in its holdings. Working with the Archives, SITES has developed a traveling version of the exhibition containing 106 digitally produced prints of the images.

Congress established NARA in 1934, and over the years the federal government has increased the size and range of its photographic activities, bringing millions of photographic prints, negatives, and transparencies into its holdings. The images in "Picturing the Century" were selected from 33 NARA facilities nationwide and include agency photographs as well as photographs form private sources.

The exhibition's companion book Picturing the Century contains 157 images from the original show and was published by the National Archives and Records Administration and the University of Washington Press ($19.95).

The exhibit will run from October 6, 2001 through February 10, 2002. Museum hours are Monday- Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students, $3.50 for senior citizens 62+ and groups of 20 or more with reservations. Children under 16 are free. For more information call 260-9552.

Built with private donations from thousands of people throughout the world, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum officially opened on November 7, 1997, at a ceremony attended by President and Mrs. Bill Clinton, former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, former First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, members of the Bush family, and distinguished guests. Since its opening, the Bush Library has hosted more than 710,000 visitors, making it one of the region's most popular tourist attractions.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum sits on 90 acres located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The Bush Library is the tenth presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and is supported in part by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, a non-profit organization.

The Library's textual and audiovisual collections make it the ideal center of study for Bush Administration scholars. Its archives include more than 38,000,000 pages of personal, Vice Presidential, and Presidential papers of George Bush; 2,000,000 photographs, 5,000 video tapes, 7,000 volumes of printed material and 70,000 museum artifacts.

The financial support of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a model of public/private partnership. The Library is supported by the American people through Federal appropriations, fees generated by admission to the Museum, and through the generosity of thousands of individuals and corporations who donate money and in-kind services to the Bush Library Foundation to support the Library's mission.

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