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The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary
photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government
photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. In
the early years, the project emphasized rural life and the negative impact
of the Great Depression, farm mechanization, and the Dust Bowl. In later
years, the photographers turned their attention to the mobilization effort
for World War II. The core of the collection consists of about 164,000
black-and-white photographs. This release provides access to over 160,000 of these images; future additions will expand the black-and-white offering. The FSA-OWI photographers also
produced about 1600 color photographs during the latter days of the project.
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and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future
generations. The goal of the Library's National Digital Library Program is to
offer broad public access to a wide range of historical and cultural documents as
a contribution to education and lifelong learning.
The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record of
the past. These primary historical documents reflect the
attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress
does not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which
may contain materials offensive to some readers.
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