With the NFL playoffs underway, millions of fans will crowd around their television sets, eat buffalo wings, and cheer for (or against) the remaining Super Bowl contenders. Yet football has played an important part in American culture far beyond the National Football League. Photographs at the National Archives reflect the pervasiveness of football in United States history, ranging from overseas army bases to Japanese internment camps, and from local towns to large cities. The following images represent some of the Still Photo Branch’s most popular series.
Photos from the U.S. Army Signal Corps:
Photos from the War Relocation Authority:
Photos from the United States Information Agency (USIA):
Photos from DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern:
The photos above are available in the National Archives Catalog. Follow the Unwritten Record for more highlights from our special media holdings.