this activity, you will meet one of the curators at the Library
of Congress and examine photographs taken by Farm Security Administration
photographers during the 1930s.
Go to the Website and read the article Meet
the Curator. Prints
and Photographs Curator, Beverly Brannan, shares her expertise
and great insight into the photographs of the Farm Security Administration
(FSA) and Office of War Information (OWI).
From pea picking to cotton picking, migrant workers searched for
work. Examine two of the photographs that depict the life of farm
workers during this era using the What
Do You See Guide. Click on the photograph or text that will
take you to the bibliographic record and a larger image. One of
the unique features of the FSA collection is the ability to display
adjacent images. Take advantage of this feature. It will often
lead to more photographs of the same individuals that will provide
a greater depth of information.
The English teacher, via PowerPoint, will show the students seven
(1) Black blizzard over
Prowers Co., Colorado, 1937. (Western History Collection, University
of Oklahoma); (2) Dust Storm in Baca County, Colorado (Library of
Congress) (3) Aftermath of dust storm in Colorado (Library of Congress)
(4) Dust storm approaching Lubbock, Texas (Library of Congress) (5)
Dust storm approaching Elkhart, Kansas in May 1937
Congress) (6) Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm
in Cimarron County, Oklahoma (Library of Congress) (7) An abandoned
farm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma (Library of Congress)
2. By way of journaling, students will be
asked to answer to the best of their ability: What is happening
When do you think these photographs were taken? Why? What geographical
area(s) is captured in these photographs?
3. To culminate this activity, students will discuss their findings.
This can be in class or via an online discussion forum.