Taken at Dusk or Dawn from Various Angles During Eruption, "Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park," Wyoming (Vertical Orientation) by Ansel Adams


In 1941 the U.S. National Park Service commissioned noted photographer Ansel Adams (1902-84) to create a photographic mural for the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC. The theme was to be nature as exemplified and protected in the national parks and national monuments of the United States. The project was halted because of World War II and never resumed. The holdings of the Still Picture Branch of the U.S. National Archives include 226 photographs taken for this project, most of them signed and captioned by Adams. Photographs of Kings Canyon National Park were taken in 1936, when establishment of the park was being proposed, and added by Adams to the mural project. The single photograph of Yosemite was a gift from Adams to the head of the National Park Service, Horace Albright, in 1933. Shown here is a view of Yellowstone National Park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, Yellowstone was established in 1872 as the nation’s first national park.

Last updated: September 18, 2015