National Youth Administration collection

Collection History

This digital compilation was developed in support of the NYPL website, "The African American Migration Experience," a sweeping 500-year historical narrative from the transatlantic slave trade to the Western migration, the colonization movement, the Great Migration, and the contemporary immigration of Caribbeans, Haitians, and sub-Saharan Africans.

Related Resources

NYPL. "In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience."(2005) <>

Collection Data

The National Youth Administration (NYA) was a government sponsored youth training and employment program from 1935 to 1943. The collection consists of images of primarily African American youths engaged in NYA activities including employment and training programs, meetings, and parades. The collection dates from 1935 to 1943 with the bulk of the images from 1942-1943 when the organization was placed under the War Manpower Commission. Other images include NYA's youth activities under the auspices of the Works Projects Administration (1935-1939) and the Federal Security Agency (1939-1942). Images that document the NYA administration are very limited.
United States. National Youth Administration (N.D.) (Sponsor)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1935 - 1943 (Approximate)
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo National Youth Administration
Youth organizations
African Americans -- Education
African American young adults
United States. National Youth Administration (N.D.)
Industrial mobilization -- United States
African American apprentices
La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947
Parris, Guichard
Physical Description
Extent: 442 items (1.4 cubic ft., 6 boxes) 1 photographic print : gelatin silver, b&w ; 51 x 39 cm. 33 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 36 x 28 cm. 196 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 210 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ; 18 x 16 cm. and smaller. 1 book: b&w ; 36 x 28cm., 37 p. 1 album: b&w ; 13 x 20 cm., 9 p.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16171043
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 186a93b0-c6be-012f-27f1-58d385a7bc34
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