It seems like a good time to visit the Library of Congress’s American Memory Collection again, this time to sample some of the color transparencies produced by the photographers working for the Farm Security Administration or Office of War Information between 1939 and 1945 during the New Deal era (see previous post, Photographic Legacy of New Deal Stimulus Plan).
The Library of Congress estimates that while 164,000 black and white negatives (and 107,000 prints) from this effort are in its collection, there are just 1600 color images (only a selection are digitized).
There are 1, 610 color images in the collection which date from between 1939 and 1945. They were produced under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and the Office of War Information (OWI). Most of the 644 images produced by the FSA are 35 mm Kodachrome slides; a few are color transparencies in sizes up to 4×5 inches. These photographs depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with an emphasis on rural areas and farm labor. The 965 images from the OWI are color transparencies in sizes up to 4×5 inches. These photographs focus on industrial facilities and women employees, railroads, aviation training, and other aspects of the mobilization effort for World War II.
All images courtesy of the Library of Congress’s American Memory Collection. Digital IDs and photographers’ names accompany photos’ captions.