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Contributed by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona
This collection was created to share artwork and posters created by the federal government that cover science in America. Many of these posters and prints were distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), though some pieces predate the FDLP. These posters cover a broad range of topics, including several wildlife series and another on volcanism.
Wildlife Portrait Series (43 items)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (and the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife before it) created 5 series of animals found throughout the United States. Each series is accompanied by descriptions of the animals and a few key facts about them, although these companion pieces vary considerably in length and style. Series 1 and 5 are photographs, with Series 2-4 featuring reproductions of Bob Hines' excellent paintings. Since these series ran in the 1960s-80s, some of these animals still represented significant mysteries to researchers.
Atlas of Volcanic Phenomena (20 items)
These posters, published in 1971, detailed our knowledge of volcanoes at that time. They cover various types of volcanoes, how different chemical compositions change the behavior of magma and lava, and they volcanoes affect human beings. The information on these posters was initially put together by the Smithsonian, but used by the United States Geological Survey to create and publish the series.
Perspectives From Space (8 items)
NASA created this series to help foster an understanding of our planet, solar system, and the cosmos beyond. These posters combine beautiful photography on the front with short summaries on the poster's topic on the back.
Fishes of the U.S. (29 items)
This set of original illustrations by artist Duane Raver offers an overview of quite a few fish found in the U.S. and its surrounding waters. Each poster also has a paragraph of information on about the fish it depicts on the back. Mr. Raver brings impressive detail to images that have been used by state wildlife agencies and private publications alike for identification of a given species.