FSA COLLECTION: Dorothea Lange – “Arkansas Hoosier” (1938)

An “Arkansas Hoosier” born in 1855. Conway, Arkansas. “My father was a Confederate soldier. He give his age a year older than it was to get into the army. After the war he bought 280 acres from the railroad and cleared it. We never had a mortgage on it. In 1920 the land was sold, […]

FSA COLLECTION: Dorothea Lange – “From Abilene, Texas” (1936)

Drought refugees from Abilene, Texas, following the crops of California as migratory workers. “The finest people in this world live in Texas but I just can’t seem to accomplish nothin’ there. Two year drought, then a crop, then two years drought and so on. I got two brothers still trying to make it back there […]

FSA COLLECTION: Dorothea Lange – “Memphis, Tennessee” (1938)

In Memphis, Tennessee hundreds of colored laborers congregated near the bridge every morning at daylight in hopes of work chopping cotton on a plantation. They are hauled to and from work on trucks. Reduced cotton acreage has made employment scarce for this class of seasonal labor in all towns. “You can’t live the commonest way […]

FSA COLLECTION: Dorothea Lange – “Between Dallas and Austin” (1936)

Family between Dallas and Austin, Texas. The people have left their home and connections in South Texas, and hope to reach the Arkansas Delta for work in the cotton fields. Penniless people. No food and three gallons of gas in the tank. The father is trying to repair a tire. Three children. Father says, “It’s […]

FSA COLLECTION: Dorothea Lange – “Oklahoma Refugees” (1936)

Drought refugees from Oklahoma camping by the roadside. They hope to work in the cotton fields. The official at the border (California-Arizona) inspection service said that on this day, August 17, 1936, twenty-three car loads and truck loads of migrant families out of the drought counties of Oklahoma and Arkansas had passed throught that station […]

FSA COLLECTION: Dorothea Lange – “Brawley” (1939)

On U.S. 99. Near Brawley, Imperial County. Homeless mother and youngest child of seven walking the highway from Phoenix, Arizona where they picked cotton. Bound for San Diego, where the father hopes to get on relief “because he once lived there.”. On U.S. 99. Near Brawley, Imperial County. Homeless family of seven, walking the highway […]

FSA COLLECTION: Dorothea Lange – “Imperial County” (1939)

In Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant labor camp during pea harvest. Family from Oklahoma with eleven children. Father, eldest daughter and eldest son working. She: “I want to go back to where we can live happy, live decent, and grow what we eat.” He: “I’ve made my mistake and now we can’t go back. I’ve […]

DOROTHEA LANGE COLLECTION: “Japanese Internment Camps” (1942)

As evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry progressed in April 1942, this sign, advertising a swimming pool, was posted in many San Francisco districts. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration. Photographer: Lange, Dorothea — San Francisco, California. 4/13/42

DOROTHEA LANGE COLLECTION: “Japanese Internment Camps” (1942)

Hayward, Calif.–Two children of the Mochida family who, with their parents, are awaiting evacuation bus. The youngster on the right holds a sandwich given her by one of a group of women who were present from a local church. The family unit is kept intact during evacuation and at War Relocation Authority centers where evacuees […]

DOROTHEA LANGE COLLECTION: “Japanese Internment Camps” (1942)

Following evacuation orders, this store, at 13th and Franklin Streets, was closed. The owner, a University of California graduate of Japanese descent, placed the I AM AN AMERICAN sign on the store front on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the […]

DOROTHEA LANGE: “Colored Laborers” (1938)

In Memphis, Tennessee hundreds of colored laborers congregated near the bridge every morning at daylight in hopes of work chopping cotton on a plantation. They are hauled to and from work on trucks. Reduced cotton acreage has made employment scarce for this class of seasonal labor in all towns. “You can’t live the commonest way […]

DOROTHEA LANGE: “Hop Picker with Her Children” (1939)

Hop picker with her children goes from paymaster’s window to company-owned store adjoining. She had earned forty two cents that morning, spent it for one pound bologna sausage, one package “Sensation” cigarettes, one “mother’s cake.” Oregon, Josephine County, near Grants Pass.

DOROTHEA LANGE: “Contractor’s Camp” (1939)

A grandmother in a contractor’s camp. Stanislaus County, California. “Been in California fourteen months from Oklahoma. The main thing is to get our families located and quieted down. Ain’t no use to send them back; it’s a waste of money. They won’t stay.”.

DOROTHEA LANGE: “Cedargrove Team” (1939)

Fourth of July, near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Rural filling stations become community centers and general loafing grounds. The men in the baseball suits are on a local team which will play a game nearby. They are called the Cedargrove Team.

FSA: DOROTHEA LANGE – February, 1939

Colored family from near Houston, Texas. Been in California for two years. Husband came first, later sent for wife and two children, who traveled by bus (on licensed car, fare six dollars, traveling night and day). Husband now on Works Progress Administration (WPA). February, 1939