Found in the Archives

116th Birthday of Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange was one of several professional photographers hired by the government to document the plight of rural poverty in Depression-era America. Lange’s work on behalf of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) effectively humanized the epic scope of the Dust Bowl.

The FSA, created in 1937 as part of FDR’s New Deal, sought to ameliorate widespread and devastating poverty by funding farm development programs and “rural rehabilitation” for the nation’s dispossessed. The striking images produced by Lange and other FSA photographers brought much public attention to daily hardships faced by displaced sharecroppers, migrant workers, and Americans whose tragedies had been largely invisible.

The National Archives has over 1,000 of Dorothea Lange’s FSA documentary photographs online: 

You can also find more from photos from the FSA photography project through the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division:

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  1. .Dorothea Lange in 1936 photographer….Born.May 25 1895…Occupation. …Spouse s .Maynard Dixon 1920-1935 .Paul Schuster Taylor 1935-1965 …Children.Daniel and John Dixon…Dorothea Lange May 25 1895 October 11 1965 was an influential documentary photographer and best known for her Dust Bowl photographs taken throughout the American south and the west chronicling the hard scrabble lives of migrant workers.

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