Photographs concerning labor, housing and social conditions in the United States

Collection Data

Interior and exterior views concerning labor in various light and heavy industries, worker's housing and social conditions in the United States including Connecticut, Illinois, New England, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940 (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1900 - 1937 (Approximate)
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection
Shelf locator: MFZ (Hine) 93-6224
Economic & social conditions -- United States
Employment -- United States
Biographical/historical: Photographs by the pioneering social photographer Lewis W. Hine (1874-1940) came to the Library primarily in two ways. Romana Javitz, head of the Library's Picture Collection, began to solicit gifts and buy prints from Hine himself shortly after he exhibited his photographs of the Empire State Building in 1931. Then, in 1949, the Russell Sage Foundation transferred to the Library a series of prints it had commissioned from Hine for its library. The foundation had asked Hine in his final years to create a systematic, definitive collection of his life work. The commission was only partly completed; Hine mounted the earliest series uniformly with typed captions on dark gray board; and chose photos for the later series, but died in 1940 before preparing the latter group for library use. Mounting and titling was completed in the 1960s by the staff of what is now the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy. These photographs were transferred in the late 1980s to the Photography Collection of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
Physical Description
Gelatin silver prints
Extent: 104 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 24.3 x 19.3 cm. and smaller
Collection stamps, paper labels verso some items; Collection stamps recto below and/or on image lower right; Institutional stamps from "The National Child Labor Committee", "The National Council of Defense" and "The Milbank Memorial Fund" verso on some items; Photographer's stamps verso on some items; Titles, captions, subject designations, negative numbers, photographer's credits and dates inscribed in pencil and/or ink, verso, recto on or below image lower right on some items; "Injury noted" stamps, verso on some items
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11970058
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a675d330-c6cc-012f-0cfa-58d385a7bc34
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