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Browse Yale’s 170,000 Photographs Of The Great Depression (1935-1946)

by | 4th, September 2014

YALE Universtity has published an archive of 170,000 photographs recording the Great Depression (1935 1946). The Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI)  employed photographers to record document the poverty and therebye create support for Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Yale University has launched  Photogrammar , “a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing” the pictures.



After a series of setbacks in the courts that repealed many of the First New Deal’s program, President Roosevelt pursued a new set of initiatives including the Resettlement Administration in 1935. It was charged with aiding the poorest third of farmers displaced by the depression and particularly focused on resettlement on viable lands and providing low-interest loans. Directed by Rexford Tugwell, a Columbia University economist, the RA came under immediate scrutiny. Realizing the battle for public opinion had begun, Tugwell hired his former student Roy Stryker to lead the Historic Section within the Information Division of the RA, which in 1937 was moved to the FSA.


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In order to build support for and justify government programs, the Historical Section set out to document America, often at her most vulnerable, and the successful administration of relief service. The Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) produced some of the most iconic images of the Great Depression and World War II and included photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein who shaped the visual culture of the era both in its moment and in American memory. Unit photographers were sent across the country. The negatives

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