The photographs of the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection form an extensive record of American life between 1935 and 1944. The FSA was created as one of the New Deal programs during 1937, and was designed to assist poor farmers during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. During it's eight-year existence, the section created over 77,000 black-and-white documentary still photographs, and are a landmark in the history of documentary photography.
The images show Americans at home, at work, and at play, with an emphasis on rural and small-town life and the adverse effects of the Great Depression.
The collection of photographs here were all taken by staff photographer John Vachon. The information about his assignments are scant, but it appears he traveled through Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and other states in the midwest. I searched the records of the Library of Congress, and gathered as many of his photographs of the Copper Country as I could find. There are many images here that I have never seen before, and I was amazed by the impression that these images left on me. All of these photographs date to July, 1941. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
John Vachon (1914 - 1975)
Staff photographer for the Farm Security Administration.
Credit: From the FSA-OWI Photograph Collection, Library of Congress