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Depression/New Deal Art Era Photograph Links

Library of Congress American Memories Page

Capital and Labor” Library of Congress Exhibit

Overview of LOC Exhibit featuring WPA artists

Microfilm Inventory
Microfilm Inventory to the Federal Art Project, Photographic Division Collection, 1935 – 1942 (Also known as the WPA Photograph Collection) (

New Deal Network Photo Archive
A good source of photographs from the New Deal (guide to one of the photo lists).

Photographs from Illinois CCC Camp

America from the Great Depression to World War II:
Black and White Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945
This is a great resource for teachers or for anyone seeking photographs of the Depression! It also has a nice curriculum-friendly outline of the material.

America from the Great Depression to World War II – Photographs from the Farm Security Administration
“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 55,000 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.”

New Orleans, LA WPA photos