1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 17, 2021 11:11 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking information on photographs of Louisiana farmers

    Nikki Brown Newbie

      I am doing research on the photographs of African Americans in rural Louisiana and the Farm Security Administration.  The primary photographer was Russell Lee, and Margaret Bourke-White contributed additional photographs. The time period is 1935 to 1940.

        • Re: Seeking information on photographs of Louisiana farmers
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Brown,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 25 record series with photographs from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) during the 1930s and 1940s. For more information on these records, please email the reference units listed in the Catalog descriptions.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from various NARA Units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Additionally, we searched the Library of Congress’s catalog and located the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives collection and the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs. Most of these images have been digitized and are available online using their website. For assistance with these records, please contact the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.


          Additionally, we searched HaitiTrust and located the publication 12 million Black Voices that combined FSA photographs selected by Edwin Rosskam and text by author and poet Richard Wright.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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