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Materials in the Collections of the Prints & Photographs Division

Materials By New Deal Program |Other Materials From The Period | Exhibitions | Bibliographies

Image shows two persons walking (hitchhiking) along road near billboard
Toward Los Angeles, California. 1937.
Photographer: Dorothea Lange
Prints and Photographs Division

Materials By New Deal Program

Farm Security Administration--Office of War Information
The photographs of the Farm Security Administration (FSA)-Office of War Information (OWI), transferred to the Library of Congress in 1944, form an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1943.

Federal Art Project
The Division's collection of Federal Art Project materials consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943, as well as roughly roughly 230 fine prints produced by the Graphic Art Division of the Federal Art Project.

Federal Writers' Project Slave Narratives
Images associated with the Library's Federal Writers' Project Slave Narratives collection may be found in the Prints and Photographs Division's LOT 13262, Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Project slave narratives collections.

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections
Administered since 1933 through cooperative agreements with the National Park Service, the Library of Congress, and the private sector, ongoing programs of the National Park Service have recorded America's built environment in multiformat surveys comprising more than 350,000 measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 35,000 historic structures and sites dating from pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century.

Other Materials From The Period

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
The Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) provides access through group or item records to more than 50 percent of the Division's holdings, as well as to some images found in other units of the Library of Congress. Many of the catalog records are accompanied by digital images--about one million digital images in all. Search across the Division's collections for images of prominent New Deal figures such as Harry Hopkins, Harold Ickes, Rexford Tugwell, and Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Search the catalog for images of New Deal programs and activities by name. The list of collections and image groups below contain materials that may be of particular interest to researchers of the period. Search individual groups of images within the catalog for more relevant results.

Ansel Adams’s Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-84), America's best-known photographer, documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California and the Japanese Americans interned there during World War II. More...

Cartoon Drawings
The Division's Cartoon Drawings filing series offers more than 9,000 original drawings for editorial cartoons, caricatures, and comic strips spanning the late 1700s to the present, primarily from 1880 to 1980. To find cartoons related to President Roosevelt and the New Deal period, try searching the collection using terms such as: "New Deal,""Depressions," "Tennessee Valley Authority" and on the names of figures such as "Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945,""Hopkins, Harry," " Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952." " Tugwell, Rexford G. (Rexford Guy), 1891-," etc...

Horydczak Collection
The Theodor Horydczak Collection (about 14,350 photographs online) documents the architecture and social life of the Washington metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of commercial, residential, and government buildings, as well as street scenes and views of neighborhoods. A number of Washington events and activities, such as the 1932 Bonus Army encampment, the 1933 World Series, and World War II preparedness campaigns, are also depicted.

Lomax Collection
The collection includes 400 snapshot photographs made in the course of sound recording expeditions carried out by John Avery Lomax, Alan Lomax, and Ruby Terrill Lomax, between 1934 and ca. 1950 for the Archive of American Folk Song.


African-American Mosaic: WPA

Bound for Glory: America in Color
The first major exhibition of the little known color images taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information.


The FSA-OWI Collection -- Selected Bibliography and Related Web Sites

HABS/HAER: A Selected Bibliography

Posters from the WPA: A Selected Bibliography

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