1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 3, 2017 12:04 PM by Alan Walker

    seek Arthur Rothstein files from 1936

    Russ Czaplewski

      During the five years that he spent working in the Farm
      Security Administration, photographer Arthur Rothstein took around 80,000
      images.  Among the images was this one at
      the farmsteads project at Loup City, Nebraska:
      https://www.loc.gov/resource/fsa.8b38365/

      Posed in the picture are my grandmother, father, and
      uncle.  Is it possible that additional Rothstein
      material (not photography) may exist with the National Archives from that month? 

       

      Context for Rothstein’s activity that year is provided by
      the wonderful composite map
      visualizing the 170,000 photographs from
      1935 to 1945 created by the FSA and Office of War Information. [
      http://photogrammar.yale.edu/map/]

       

      I am aware of the Arthur
      Rothstein papers, 1936-1984, held by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian
      Institution.

        • Re: seek Arthur Rothstein files from 1936
          Alan Walker

          Hi Russ,

           

          A colleague from NARA's Still Pictures unit offers these suggestions:

           

          "For textual materials more relevant to the photo operation, the inquirer is going to have better luck with the Roy Stryker Papers (1935-43) at the Archives of American Art (lots of direct Stryker-Rothstein correspondence in this set of microfilmed papers), the Roy Stryker Papers (1924-1972) at the University of Louisville Photographic Archives (also microfilmed), and the Resettlement Administration-Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Written Records: Office Files, Caption Lists, Supplementary Reference Files (1935-1943) in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (on microfilm as well). There isn't going to be correspondence or other background documentation on each and every RA/FSA assignment, but there are references of one sort or another to a good many, so these sources are worth checking."

           

          Good luck with your search!

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