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The People in the Pictures: Agriculture, The Great Depression and Photography

posted on April 7, 2003 at 4:27 PM

American Life Histories
Manuscripts from the Federal Writer's Project 1936-1940Learn about life during the Great Depression through writings of people who chronicled their everyday lives for the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936-1940. The Library of Congress holds the collection of documents from over 300 writers. Read text versions or original documents.

Voices from the Dust Bowl
The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection 1940-1941Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection is an online presentation documenting the everyday lives of residents of migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. This collection consists of audio recordings and photographs. From the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt
Read authentic letters written to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt by children during the Great Depression. The New Deal Network, the producer of this site, is sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College/Columbia University. NDN is funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Picturing the Century
One Hundred Years of Photography from the National ArchivesView photos from the National Archives. Photos are categorized by subjects.

A Humanities Exhibit Featuring Documentary Photographs from the Farm Security Administration file and Companion Photographs taken in the late 1970s by Bill Ganzel
View photos of people during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s and "meet" them again in photos taken during the 1970s. Bill Ganzel tracked down survivors of the Dust Bowl who were photographed by photographers of the Farm Security Administration. Organized by the Texas Humanities Resource Center.

Dorothea Lange
The Migrant Mother SequenceView the sequence of photos taken by Dorothea Lange as she captured the famous photo, Migrant Mother in 1936. These photographs are part of America in the 1930s project by the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia.

Special Collections in the Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection
Learn more about the collection of photos from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection. View authentic photos. Library of Congress produced this site.

America from the Great Depression to World War II:
Black and White Photographs from the FSA-OWI 1935-1945
More information and photos from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection. Search photos by counties in Iowa and other states and by subject. Library of Congress maintains this collection and provides images on this Web site.

Library of Congress Photo Archives Index
Search the Library of Congress photo archives by subject. View Farm Security Administration photos from Iowa and other states.

Women in History:
Living Vignettes of Notable Women from U.S. History

Read about Margaret Bourke-White, photographer during the Great Depression and World War II, and a woman of many "firsts."

University Museum of Art:
Celebrating the Farm:
The Art of Living on the Land

The University Museum of Art will be hosting Celebrating the Farm: The Art of Living on the Land from March 7-May 4, 2003. March 30 begins with Celebrating the Farm, An Overview, followed by April 13 with Remembering the Family Farm: 150 Years of American Prints, and finishes May 4 with Rural Visions: Paintings by Marvin Cone.

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