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Dorothea Lange

"Migrant Mother" and other Great Depression documentary photographs.Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Jobless Men Lined up for the First Time in California to File Claims for Unemployment Compensation
Dorothea Lange was one of America's greatest documentary photographers best known for her chronicles of the Great Depression and for her photographs of migratory farm workers. U.S. Farm Security Administration (FSA) hired her to document living conditions of farm workers families relocated west to escape the Dust Bowl, the drought which devastated millions of acres of farmland in Midwestern states such as Oklahoma.
Born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1895, Lange studied photography at Columbia University then went on a career as a portrait photographer in San Francisco. Her photos of the homeless and unemployed in San Francisco's breadlines, labor demonstrations, and soup kitchens led to a job with the FSA. Her image "Migrant Mother" is arguably the best-known documentary photograph of the 20th century.
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Marilyn Watson Sevaly

Marilyn Watson Sevaly

Artist: Dorothea Lange.Artist Bio: American, 1895 - 1965.Creation Date: 1921.Print Date: 1921.Process: gelatin silver print.Credit Line: Gift of Elizabeth V. Watson ... More

Mrs. G. Gaylord Watson (May V. Landis) and daughters (E.V. Watson & M.W. Sevaly)

Mrs. G. Gaylord Watson (May V. Landis) and daughters (E.V. Watson & M....

Artist: Dorothea Lange.Artist Bio: American, 1895 - 1965.Creation Date: 1921.Print Date: 1921.Process: gelatin silver print.Credit Line: Gift of Elizabeth V. Watson ... More

Migrant agricultural worker's family. Seven children without food. Mother aged thirty-two. Father is a native Californian. Nipomo, California

Migrant agricultural worker's family. Seven children without food. Mot...

Photograph shows Florence Thompson with two of her children as part of the "Migrant Mother" series. For background information, see "Dorothea Lange's M̀igrant Mother' photographs ..." http://www.loc.gov/rr/prin... More

Jobless Men Lined up for the First Time in California to File Claims for Unemployment Compensation

Jobless Men Lined up for the First Time in California to File Claims f...

Photographs of the Social Security Board Activities

'Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California'

'Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California'

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965); Gelatin Silver..This iconic portrait of a mother and her three children was taken in the USA in 1936. The family lived in a tent in a pea-pickers camp in Nipomo Valley, California. ... More

Adobe school. Bosque Farms Project, New Mexico. 1935.
Temporary home of a resettled family. Each farm comprises 40 acres of land leveled and suitable for irrigation. Bosque Farms Project.
Supper time. Drought refugee from Oklahoma, shelterless, hoping to work in the peach harvest. Marysville, California.
Pare Lorentz and Paul Ivano making Resettlement film near Bakersfield, Calif. 1935.
Mrs. Howard and the baby.
Squatters' camp on highway. Characters in scene from Resettlement film. Near Bakersfield, Calif. 1935.
Mrs. Howard shows the beginning of a garden to a neighbor.
El Monte Federal Subsistence Homesteads. 100 homes, all occupied. Each with nearly an acre of ground. Average family income $800 year. Calif. 1936.
El Monte Federal Subsistence Homesteads. 100 homes-all occupied. Each with 3/4 acre. Average family income $800 per yr. Feb. 1936.
Sugar beet field showing tractor with plowshare attached and Mexican operator. California.
Car and homemade trailer on U.S. 101 near King City, California. Man and wife middle-aged, from Wisconsin. "Old Man Depression sent us out on the road ... You don't know anything about how many people are living in trailers till you 'hit' Florida.
Adobe school house. Bosque Farms Project, New Mexico. 1935.
Bosque Farms project. Making adobe brick. These bricks made on the project for use in construction of school and permanent homes.
Mexican family. Brawley County, Imperial Valley, California.
Adobe school house. Bosque Farms Project, New Mexico. 1935.
[A street in Brawley, Imperial Valley.]
Marysville migrant camp. California fruit tramp and his family (mother, twenty-two years old).
Bosque Farms Project. Resettled families temporary home. Each settler is alotted a plot of 40 acres.
Food." Southern California.
San Fernando homesteads, Cal. Feb. 1936.
In a migratory camp. California.
At the Self Help Association, dairy farm unit, California.
Rural rehabilitation client, Carbon, Utah. This man has applied for a loan from Rural Rehabilitation. His plan is to work in the mines in the winter and to run his farm in the summer, thus saving himself and his children from the living conditions of the Utah coal camps. He plans to use his loans for the construction of a house.
The present home of the Howard family. This family was photographed in April 1935. At that time they were on their way from Okla. to Calif. Camped in an open field. Mother pregnant with five starving children. Raw green onions were all that they had to eat. They were again photographed during the potato harvest. The baby was born then, and they had food. Now there is some prospect of a fairly decent home. A pile of odds and ends of lumber will eventually be a house. A truck garden is planted.
Berry pickers. Southern New Jersey. These pickers are Negroes brought in by truck from Delaware.
Accepted applicant for resettlement on the Hightstown project. Jewish-American.
Midway Dairy cooperative near Santa Ana, California.
Background photo for Hightstown project. The present home of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Solomon and family, 133 Avenue D, New York City. This family is included in the first unit of thirty-five families to be resettled at Hightstown in July, 1936. For four very small rooms in tenement they pay eighteen dollars monthly
Squatter's camp on a dump outside of Sacramento, Calif. "Built this so that if they run us out, I can take my home with me."
Midway Dairy cooperative, near Santa Ana, California.
Midway Dairy cooperative, near Santa Ana, California.
New York City. Post office, Lower East Side.
Father and son building home on wheels. Yuba Co. Calif. 1936.
Self Help Association, dairy farm, California.
New Jersey cabbages packed for market, near Hammonton, New Jersey.
Midway Dairy cooperative, near Santa Ana, California.
Background for Hightstown project photographs. Seventh Avenue and West 28th Street, New York.
Self Help Association, dairy farm, California.
New York City. Post office, Lower East Side.
Migrant's home, California.
Migrants. California.
New York City. Post office, Lower East Side.
Migrant family in Kern County.
Accepted applicant for resettlement on the Hightstown project. Jewish-American. This man is already employed on the project as carpenter, working on the nearly completed first unit of thirty-five houses. He says, "Will we succeed? Any people who will go through what we did--any people with such patience--will succeed"
Hightstown, New Jersey. Child of Jewish-American farmer.
Typical East El Centro home, (Mexican field laborer) El Centro, Imperial Valley, Calif. 1936.
U.S. resettlement camp. California, Marysville.
Midway Dairy cooperative, near Santa Ana, California.
The Great Reaping Day. Hymn singing, Sunday afternoon. The woman had been "saved" the week before. Oklahoma potato pickers. Kern County, California
Lettuce workers. Calif. 1937.
The delta land of the Mississippi River is the largest alluvial section in the world, an area of 18 miles by 300 miles. It produces 500,000 bales of cotton annually.
Farmers mixing grasshopper bait with assistance of the county supervisor. Outskirts of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Wife of tractor driver on the Aldridge Plantation. [Near Leland,] Mississippi.
Farmers sacking grasshopper bait. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
San Francisco, California. In front of the local paper at Chinatown. Chinese reading news of the surrender of Canton to the Japanese. Most of San Francisco's Chinese are Cantonese.
Taos, New Mexico. Indian reservation.
Taos Indian Reservation, New Mexico.
New Mexico family.
The Pueblo at Taos, New Mexico.
Taos, New Mexico.
Taos, New Mexico.
New Mexico.
New Mexico.
Along the highway near Bakersfield, California. Dust bowl refugees.
Camp of California "fruit tramp." The car has done duty on the fruit route for 16 years. Outskirts of Marysville, California.
Portrait of a Mexican-American child. Imperial Valley, California.
One of the 74 temporary homes. The permanent adobe structures are now under construction. Bosque Farms Project.
Mrs. Howard shows the beginning of a garden to a neighbor.
Squatters' camp on highway. Characters in scene from Resettlement film. Near Bakersfield, Calif. 1935.
Surveying gang. WPA workers. Bosque Farms Project.
Making the roads. The roads will be dirt roads with 18 foot gravel surface. Bosque Farms Project.
Checking for alfalfa. California. 1935.
Migrants' camp, California. 1935.
El Monte Federal Subsistence Homesteads. 100 homes, all occupied. Each with nearly an acre of ground. Average family income $800 year. Calif. 1936.
Man with cultivator. California.
El Monte federal subsistence homesteads. 4 bedroom house. Rent $16.20 a month rent to apply. 8 in family 6 boys ages 1 to 14. Father street car conductor earns $100 month. Calif. 1936.
[A street in Brawley, Imperial Valley.]
Food." Southern California.
Migrant workers' shack. California. 1935.
From Texas tenant farmer to California fruit tramp. Marysville, Calif. His story: "1927 made $7000 in cotton. 1928 broke even. 1929 went in the hole. 1930 went in still deeper. 1931 lost everything. 1932 hit the road."
Portrait of an unidentified man with glasses
Home of rehabilitation client near Phoenix, Arizona. $500 loan. 1935.
Road sign. Ford Nat'l advertising campaign. A note on social trends.
New York City. Post office, Lower East Side.
Migrant's camp. California.
Hightstown, New Jersey. Jewish-American farm mother, Mrs. Cohen, wife of the farm manager.
Hightstown, New Jersey. Type house. 2 family. Incomplete. Ready for occupancy July, 1936.
Migrants camped. So. Calif. 1936.
Background photograph for Hightstown project.
Migrants' camp. California.
Migrants' camp. California.
Young family, penniless, hitchhiking on U.S. Highway 99, California. The father, twenty-four, and the mother, seventeen, came from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, early in 1935. Their baby was born in the Imperial Valley, California, where they were working as field laborers.
In a migratory camp. California.
Migrant's shack. California.
Midway Dairy cooperative, near Santa Ana, California.
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