Survey materials reflect a desire to provide a systematic record of a time or a phenomenon. Often these ambitious efforts were the product of an organization or group of people working collaboratively.
Even when the images were not made expressly for publication purposes, as the products of graphic and photojournalism were, they often reflect a desire both to document and to persuade. The division's documentary survey collections number among its most popular and widely known collections.
The following "Documentary Survey" collections are highlighted in these sections of the guide: