American Memory:   Technical summary

Color Photographs from 
the FSA and OWI, ca. 1938-1944
Photo Montage


Collection Overview

Photographs of rural and small town America during the late 1930s and scenes of the defense and war mobilization effort from 1939-1944. Topics include agriculture, factory work (including women and African Americans in defense industries), county fairs, cattlemen, sheep-herders, surplus commodity distribution, dam construction, gold mining camps, migrant workers' shacks, tobacco, farm cooperatives, and more.
Source collection
FSA/OWI Collection, Prints and Photographs Division.
LCCN 93-845501 [Link to catalog record (z39.50 query) will not work when main cataloging system is not available.] .
Technical features
Large number of varied scenes, color imagery, image quality is moderate
Original material formats
Number of original items
ca. 1600
Status of collection
Available online as of November 1997.
Public access
The Library is not aware of any restrictions that inhibit public access to this collection. See notes on rights and restrictions provided by the Library to users of this collection.

Aids to intellectual access

Type & granularity
MARC bibliographic records. Each bib. record describes a single item.
Sample bibliographic display in American Memory.
Linking to digital reproductions
Bibliographic record contains identifier used in filenames for all versions of image. Last character of filename indicates image type.

Digital reproductions

Total file-space for digital reproductions: 11 Gbytes

Photographs Archival image Service image Inline thumbnail Additional thumbnail
Marker Filename ends "u" Filename ends "r" Filename ends "t" Filename ends "t"
Tonal resolution (color) 24 bit 24 bit 8 bit 8 bit
Spatial resolution (approx) 550x440 pixels 550x440 pixels 150x100 pixels 150x100 pixels
Quantity (approx) 1,600 1,600 1,600 1,600
Sample Sample archival Sample service Sample thumbnail Sample thumbnail

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