Farm Security Administration Photographs

Collection Data

NYPL's Farm Security Administration (FSA) collection is comprised of approximately 40,000 photographs taken during the 1930s and 1940s by Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, Walker Evans, and Russell Lee, among others. Initially the government project documented the Resettlement Administration’s distribution of cash loans to displaced and struggling farmers and its construction of planned communities, but later broadened its focus to include migratory laborers in the Midwest and West, as well as sharecroppers in the South. Eastern locations including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are represented as well. Under the Office of War Information, the agenda shifted to themes of patriotism and war production. NYPL's FSA photographs were transferred to the Wallach Division’s Photography Collection from the Library's Picture Collection.
United States. Farm Security Administration (Sponsor)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1935 - 1944
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection
United States
Farm life
Rural conditions
Documentary photography
Acquisition: Transferred from the Picture Collection, 1991
Physical Description
Gelatin silver prints
Type of Resource
Still image
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e5462600-c5d9-012f-a6a3-58d385a7bc34
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