US members: FSA historical photo archives available online

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by pdh, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    As many people know the FSA (Farms Security Administration) in the USA sent both teams of and individual photographers across the country to document the state of the nation's rural communities during the 1930s and 1940s/

    Many "iconic" images emerged from this programme, and some equally stellar photographers worked for the FSA - Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Gordon Parks amongst them.

    I'm sure many of us are familiar with the programme, and with some of of the more famous images that emerged, but Yale University have now made them available online here FSA Archive

    I expect this is of most interest to US members of TPL, but the scope of the project and the results are astonishing enough for any of us anywhere to want to browse.
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I wish the photos were larger. But it's nice how searchable it is.
     
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  3. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Super cool stuff, thanks!

    I wonder if full resolution versions are available elsewhere... e.g., I can order high resolution archive scans from my local historical society.
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Kyle, you might check the Library of Congress website. I know I downloaded a couple a few years back, but don't recall the size. If anyone has bigger ones, it'll be them.
     
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  5. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    I wish I would have been alive to take advantage of the pre-war North Platte, Nebraska nightlife!


    8b14115v.





    Mildred Irwin, entertainer in saloon at North Platte, Nebraska. She entertained for twenty years in Omaha before coming to North Platte

    Photographer: John Vachon
    Created: October 1938
    Location: North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska
     
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  6. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Kyle your eye and photographic sensibility would have suited the fsa down to the ground!
     
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  7. conyon

    conyon SC Rookie

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    Sep 3, 2013
    Philadelphia
    As Luke said, I think the Library of Congress online.
    http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/

    Martin