American Life Histories, Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project 1936-1940
The Life Histories Collection is part of the U.S. Work Progress Administration Federal Writers’ Project and Historical Records Survey. From the home page of the collection, you can conduct subject searches and extract interviews on specific issues.
The Clash Over the Most Disputed Clause in the Recovery Act
Beulah Amidon Survey Graphic, vol. 23, no. 5 (May, 1934), p. 213
The Early History of Local 601
Shown Through Correspondence of Margaret Darin and A. Logan Burkhart
Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother”
Photographs in the Farm Security Administration Collection: An Overview
“An Emergency is On!” by Opportunity
Journal of Negro Life, September, 1933
The Forgotten People (Memory): American Treasures of the Library of Congress
The Forgotten People Between 1935 and 1943, Lange and other top-caliber photographers hired by Roy Stryker of the Resettlement Administration produced what was to become the world’s best-known photographic survey, the Farm Security Administration (FSA) collection.
The Great Flint Sitdown
Historical Voices: The Flint Sit-Down Strike 1936-1937
Other Voices from the Depression,
“Harlan Working Under the Gun” by John Dos Passos, published in The New Republic (December 2, 1931)
President Franklin Roosevelt’s Radio Address
Unveiling the Second Half of the New Deal (1936)
"I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean- to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it. (From: Popular Photography, Feb. 1960)."
(photo courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC 20540)
Texas & N.O.R. Co. v. Brotherhood of RY. & S.S. Clerks,
281 U.S. 548 (1930)
Voices from the Thirties
Life Histories from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940