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Media: Fiche and photographs - see long description
Coverage Dates: 1935 - 1946
Format: Guides available

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The photographs of the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, fully captioned and arranged by region and by subject.

'It seemed important to record the incredible events of those years, and the best way was to photograph them.'
Rexford Tugwell, Director, Farm Security Administration

The Farm Security Administration photographic collection is one of the most famous in the world, its images depicting living and working conditions in urban, suburban and rural America during the depths of the Depression and the outbreak of World War II. Yet the collection as a whole is barely known with public awareness based on a handful of photographs reproduced time and again.

Publication on microfiche of the 87,000 FSA photographs in the Library of Congress together with a printed Guide/Subject Index makes the collection genuinely accessible allowing researchers to scan through thousands of photographs going immediately to the regions and subjects that interest them.

1,574 monochrome microfiche with a printed guide and index to the 1,300 subject headings, and Scope Notes FSA-OWI Classified on microfiche

Arrangement by region
Each regional collection includes Scope Notes FSA-OWI Classifiedand the printed guide and index

Northeastern States
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
434 microfiche

Midwestern States
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin
254 microfiche

Northwestern States
Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
153 microfiche

Southern States
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
301 microfiche

Southwestern States
Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
205 microfiche

Farwestern States
California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington
159 microfiche

The following sections are not available separately but are included in the complete collection:

General USA 1,558 photographs
Canada and Alaska 146 photographs
Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico 2,200 photographs

Guide/Index: America 1935-1946 Guide and Subject Index to the Photographs of the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information. 1981 50pp. 210x148mm paperbound
ISBN 0 89887 017 8

  • Content Type: Guides available

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