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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Tulare: 1940

Tulare: 1940

March 1940. Visalia, California. Band playing a Saturday night dance at the Farm Security Administration's Tulare migrant camp. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Bar Harbor: 1943

Bar Harbor: 1943

June 1943. The Civil Air Patrol Base at Bar Harbor, Maine. Flying field of Coastal Patrol #20. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

Saturday Night: 1942

Saturday Night: 1942

January 1942. Community house Saturday night dance in the Farm Security Administration settlement of Woodville, California. View full size. Medium format safety transparency by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Old Folks at Home: 1935

Old Folks at Home: 1935

October 1935. Brown County, Indiana. Prospective Resettlement Administration clients whose property has been optioned by the government. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Theodor Jung for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Papered Over: 1937

Papered Over: 1937

February 1937. "Negroes at Gee's Bend, Alabama. Descendants of slaves of the Pettway plantation. They are still living very primitively on the plantation." Here we see one of the celebrated Gee's Bend quilts. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Unknown Bureaucrat: 1936

The Unknown Bureaucrat: 1936

December 1936. This formidable-looking lady either had something to do with the Resettlement Administration's creation of Greenhills, Ohio, one of the first planned communities in the United States, or she was tragically misfiled at the Library of Congress. Either way, her caption has no name. View full size. Medium format negative by Brice Martin. [Update: The mystery lady is Dorothy M. Beck, a regional director of the Resettlement Administration.]

 

No Money, Ten Children: 1937

No Money, Ten Children: 1937

March 1937. Stalled in the Southern California desert. "No money, ten children. From Chickasaw, Oklahoma." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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