The Documentary Photography Archive (DPA) is a unique archive which documents the life of the Greater Manchester region. The archive began as a rescue project by an organisation called Manchester Studies in 1975. It now contains over 100,000 images, dating from the earliest days of photography to the present day. Since 1986, the archive has been housed at the Greater Manchester County Record Office. The vast majority of the images have been catalogued, and these catalogues are now available on a searchable database at the Access to Archives.
There are three parts to the DPA: the Family Photograph Albums, the Contemporary Commissions, and the Deposited Archives.