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The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division.

[Untitled. Related to Fourth of July Parade,]
Untitled. Related to Fourth of July Parade, Vale, Oregon. Photo by Russell Lee, July 1941.

Drum roll please! Fireworks, too! Please join us in celebrating not only the Fourth of July, but the arrival of new scans that showcase close to 45,000 of the beloved Great Depression era photographs in the Farm Security Administration Collection (FSA).

A multi-year project is now underway to digitize the full archive of more than 170,000 images at higher resolution. In the first phase, all of the 35mm FSA negatives were scanned to a specification that reveals the “the full information content of the original scene.” (Next up: the larger format nitrate sheet film.)

The fastest way to explore the freshly scanned 35mm negatives is to use the call number code USF33. Fast being a relative term—it’s still tens of thousands of pictures, but with much to enjoy as you step back into the 1930s and 1940s.

Let us know: Which FSA photos are your favorites when it’s time to celebrate?

Flag Bought for the Fourth of July.
Flag Bought for the Fourth of July, Caldwell, Idaho. Photo by Russell Lee, 1941.

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  1. Great. Just amazing. Good luck with all the work. Can’t wait to see them.

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