Western Ways Poster
- Metal frame
- 32 X 22 inches
This framed vintage poster is from a National Archives exhibition that ran from October 1992 to October 1993. A variety of photographs, drawings, maps, and other documents in the exhibit showed the complexity of the exploration of the western frontier and told the stories of the people who took part.
The transition from a "wild" western frontier into organized segments of a federal union is documented in photographs. Private citizens and government officials took the recently developed camera on their western adventures to record nature's curious sights and the marks that they as men and women made on the landscape. It is a wonder that so many photographs survived the hardships of the western experience, since early negatives were made of large glass plates. Some of these photographs found their way into the National Archives as record materials of several federal bureaus and offices, such as the bureaus of Land Management, Indian Affairs, Public Roads, Weather, Agricultural Economics, and Reclamation; the Fish and Wildlife Service; the Geological Survey; boundary and claims commissions and arbitrations; the Corps of Engineers; the Forest Service; and the Signal Corps.