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[Detail] Pinus scopulorum Reproduction, Jemez Springs, New Mexico


Collection Overview

American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936 contains 4,500 photographs that document the natural environment, ecology and plant communities in the United States between 1891 and 1936. A group of American botanists photographed dunes, bogs, forests, deserts, individual plants, and landscape features including the Grand Canyon, Lake Superior, and the Sierra Nevada. Their work provided an overview of important natural landscapes across the nation and influenced the development of modern ecological studies. Comparing early and later photographs in the collection reveals human-made and natural changes in the landscape.

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  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
  • Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930

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