Searching for the Seventies
- Written by Bruce I. Bustard
- Foreword by William D. Ruckelshaus
- With a message from Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
- 132 pages
Bad fashion, odd fads, and disco dance music sum up the 1970s for many Americans. But the 1970s were much more than leisure suits, streaking, and disco. Profound changes took root in our politics, society, and economy. Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project draws on the National Archives' photographic holdings to take a new look at those years through the lens of a Federal photography project created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). DOCUMERICA photographers took thousands of color photographs and were given the freedom to also capture the era's trends, fashions, problems, and achievements. The result is an amazing archive and a fascinating portrait of America from 1972 to 1977.