Double Take: FSA Photographer at Work, Cameras in Hand

The following is a guest post by Jan Grenci, Reference Specialist for Posters, Prints and Photographs Division. This post is the latest entry in the occasional Double Take series, where we take a closer look at images. As a reference specialist, it should come as no surprise that I enjoy doing research. What may surprise […]

Sampling Slices of the FSA/OWI Collection

Anyone who has ever dipped into the amazing Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information photograph collection has probably experienced the same sensations that a pie eating contestant must face: mouth-watering temptation combined with a sinking sense that one will soon be overwhelmed. There are many ways to explore the 175,000 black-and-white photographs in the collection. […]

The FSA/OWI Collection: New Videos Provide a Visual Introduction

How can one ever come to understand a collection of 170,000 pictures? If you read my post a few weeks ago about finding unprinted Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (FSA/OWI) photographs, you probably quickly realized that the collection is complex, consisting of many interrelated parts. I hope you also got a sense of the […]

Finding Unprinted FSA/OWI Photographs–It’s Easier Now!

I started out this week to reflect on the joys of summer with one of our “Caught Our Eyes” posts.  It also turned out to be a fine opportunity to celebrate the results of a recent project to improve access to the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (FSA/OWI) Collection of photographs from the Depression […]

Celebrate Sparkling New FSA Scans

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

Women at Work: Glimpses through Time

Recently, while preparing to present a virtual orientation offering a sampling of Prints & Photographs Division collections for representations of work, workers and labor themes, I found myself selecting image after image that showed women working in a variety of industrial and office settings (at the same time recognizing that for centuries women have also […]

Behind the Scenes: Caring for Collections on the Go

The following is an interview with Georgia Joseph, Circulation Technician in the Prints & Photographs Division. Melissa: Thanks for agreeing to an interview, Georgia. We’re excited to learn more about your work. Could you start off by telling us a little bit about your background, and how you came to work in the Prints & […]

Gadgets in Images: Obvious or Mysterious?

Barbara Natanson, Head of the Prints & Photographs Reading Room, recently searched the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog for “gadgets” and shared one of the images that appeared in the results – this photograph by Russell Lee likely taken at the Gonzales County Fair in Texas in 1939. Lee did not, or perhaps could not, […]