Trees with Snow on Branches, "Half Dome, Apple Orchard, Yosemite," California 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, shown here, was a gift from Adams to the head of the National Park Service, Horace Albright, in 1933. Yosemite National Park was established in 1890 and expanded in 1906.

Last updated: January 8, 2018