FSA-OWI photographs have been published in hundreds of books and articles. Photographers of the Farm Security Administration: An Annotated Bibliography, 1930-1980, by Penelope Dixon (Garland Publishing, Inc., 1983) [LC call number Z7136.D63D59 1983], provides an extensive list of books and articles about the FSA photographers or featuring FSA photographs. Documenting America, edited by Carl Fleischhauer and Beverly Brannan (University of California Press, 1988) [LC...
Rights and Access
The Library of Congress does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not license or charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot grant or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute the material.
Digitizing the Collection Digital images made in the 1990s have provided reference access to the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information negatives for many years. In 2009, the Library developed a plan to rescan the collection and begin to provide digital images that more completely satisfy research and reproduction needs. Specifically, the Library will produce scans that fully capture the subject content of each...
Classification Scheme Used in the Reading Room
After the FSA-OWI photographic prints were microfilmed in LOTs, they were re-sorted and grouped according to geographic region. Paul Vanderbilt devised the arrangement for the photographic prints that would eventually result in the Prints and Photographs Division's FSA-OWI Reading Room File. He established the following geographical divisions: B--Alaska and Canada; D-- Northeastern states; E--Southern states; F--Midwestern states; G--Northwestern states; H-- Southwestern states; J--Farwestern states;...
Photographer: Dorothea Lange Imperial Valley, California, February and March 1937 Resettlement Administration, Lot 345
New York City Block
Photographer: Walker Evans New York, New York, August 23, 1938 Farm Security Administration, Lot 962
Photographer: John Vachon Omaha, Nebraska, November 1938 Farm Security Administration, Lot 412
Photographer: Arthur Rothstein Gee's Bend, Alabama, February and April 1937 Resettlement Administration, Lot 1616
FSA and OWI Photographs: A Portrait Sampler
This sampler of portraits from the Prints and Photographs Division depicts photographers who worked for the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information. It includes well-known figures such as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Ben Shahn, as well as other, less well-known FSA/OWI photographers. A comprehensive nonvisual list, "Roy E. Stryker and the Photographers of the FSA/OWI: A List of Portraits," is also available through...
FSA and OWI Popular Requests
No statistics are available regarding which images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection have been most frequently requested or reproduced. However, members of the Prints and Photographs Division reference staff have selected fifteen that have been regularly requested over the years.
FSA and OWI Popular Staff Selections
No one can work long with Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information photographs without developing some personal favorites. One of the pleasures of using the collection lies in sharing "finds" with others. The development of this site offered the members of the Prints and Photographs Division reference staff a much-appreciated opportunity to share some of their favorites with the public. Some of the selections...
FSA OWI Photographic Prints
Photographic prints were made, usually by FSA-OWI photo laboratory staff, from those negatives that Roy Stryker and the photographers selected as suitable for printing. The prints were mounted on cardboard mounts and captions were applied to the mounts. The captions include the location and date of the photograph, the photographer's name, descriptive information, and, a negative number. During the FSA-OWI years, the mounted photographs...
FSA OWI Written Records
The FSA-OWI photographic unit's written records that are held by the Library of Congress (LOT 12024) provide insight on the operations of the unit. They are made up of office files, captions for the photographs, supplementary reference files, and scrapbooks. A brief description of some related materials is also included here.