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Oral history interview with Paul Vanderbilt

Interviewee:
Vanderbilt, Paul  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Rosskam, Edwin, 1903-1985  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Extent:
27 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1964 November 10
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Paul Vanderbilt conducted 1964 November 10, by Richard Doud, for the Archives of American Art.
Vanderbilt speaks of his background and education in art history at Harvard, his work with books and in libraries before getting involved with the Farm Security Administration project; starting with the FSA and developing a plan to get its work organized; the goals and philosophies of the FSA, and the realities of its accomplishments; what the photographs produced by the project say about America; and the project's relevance to current times. He recalls Edwin Rosskam and Roy Stryker.
Biographical / Historical:
Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992) was a librarian and archivist from Madison and Middleton, Wisconsin.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 38 min.
Provenance:
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Archivists -- Wisconsin -- Madison -- Interviews  Search this
Librarians -- Wisconsin -- Madison -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.vander64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw907bd7280-4ef0-443a-b328-712eaa3a1a2c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-vander64
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ben Shahn

Interviewee:
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Evans, Walker, 1903-1975  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Rosskam, Edwin, 1903-1985  Search this
Rothstein, Arthur, 1915-1985  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Extent:
29 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1964 April 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ben Shahn conducted 1964 April 14, by Richard K. Doud, for the Archives of American Art New Deal and the Arts Project.
Shahn speaks of his travels and work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA); the American image as portrayed by FSA photographs; techniques and materials; exhibitions and publications of his work; and the effectiveness of the FSA project overall. He recalls Roy Stryker, Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, Edwin Rosskam and Dorothea Lange.
Biographical / Historical:
Ben Shahn (1898-1969) was a painter and photographer from Roosevelt, N.J.
General:
Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 23 min.
Provenance:
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Painters -- New Jersey -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Photographers -- New Jersey -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.shahn64
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw988bc9cc3-2f76-4e17-a315-11bcef420595
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-shahn64
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Edwin and Louise Rosskam, 1965 August 3

Interviewee:
Rosskam, Edwin, 1903-1985  Search this
Rosskam, Edwin, 1903-1985  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Subject:
Rosskam, Louise, 1910-2003  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson  Search this
Vachon, John  Search this
Wolcott, Marion Post  Search this
Wright, Richard  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Photographers -- New Jersey -- Roosevelt -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Photography  Search this
New Deal  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13112
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213752
AAA_collcode_rosska65
Theme:
Photography
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213752
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Roy Emerson Stryker

Interviewee:
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Names:
Collier, John, Jr., 1913-1992  Search this
Delano, Jack  Search this
Evans, Walker, 1903-1975  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Lee, Russell, 1903-1986  Search this
Mydans, Carl  Search this
Rosskam, Edwin, 1903-1985  Search this
Rothstein, Arthur, 1915-1985  Search this
Extent:
159 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1963-1965
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Roy Emerson Stryker conducted 1963-1965, by Richard Doud, for the Archives of American Art, at the artist's home, in Montrose, Colorado.
Stryker speaks of his youth; early career in ranching and social work; the origin of the photography project in the Farm Security Administration; bureaucratic problems; photography and journalism; photographers on the project; subjects' reaction to being photographed; public perception of the FSA project; Paul Vanderbilt's work with the project's photographs; ethics of the photographers and staff; interaction between the photographers and subjects; the influence of earlier documentary photographers, such as Matthew Brady and Lewis Hine; political and media problems with the project; use of the photographs as a force in social change; and other issues surrounding the FSA photography project. He recalls Jack Delano, John Vachon, Edwin Rosskam, Arthur Rothstein, Rexford Tugwell, John Collier, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Carl Mydans, Ben Shahn, and Marion Post Wolcott.
Biographical / Historical:
Roy Emerson Stryker (1893-1975) was the director of the Farm Security Administration Historical Section of Washington, D.C. Under Stryker the Photographic project of the FSA documented the drought, poverty and despair of rural and urban America during the Depression.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 9 digital wav files. Duration is 8 hr.
Provenance:
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Identifier:
AAA.stryke63
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d788605e-fa3e-4eb3-b02c-ea0b1d9e7130
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-stryke63
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Edwin and Louise Rosskam

Interviewee:
Rosskam, Edwin, 1903-1985  Search this
Rosskam, Louise, 1910-2003  Search this
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith  Search this
Creator:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Vachon, John, 1914-1975  Search this
Wolcott, Marion Post, 1910-1990  Search this
Wright, Richard, 1908-1960  Search this
Extent:
70 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1965 August 3
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Edwin and Louise Rosskam conducted 1965 August 3, by Richard Doud, for the Archives of American Art, at their home, in Roosevelt, N.J.
Edwin Rosskam speaks of his background and youth in Germany; coming to the United States; his education in painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the early development of his interest in photography; getting his photojournalism career started; joining the Farm Security Administration and working under Roy Stryker; the view of America presented by the work produced by the FSA; photography exhibits he has done; the effect upon him of the people he met and photographed during his FSA career; the political impact of the FSA; applications and uses of the photographs produced by the FSA; the project's strengths and weaknesses; books and other projects he has contributed to. He recalls Roy Stryker, Dorothea Lange, Marion Post Wolcott, John Vachon, and the novelist Richard Wright. Louise Rosskam discusses the impact upon her of the people who were photographed, propagandistic aspects of the work, and the impact of the FSA project on photojournalism.
Biographical / Historical:
Edwin (1903-1985) and Louis Rosskam (1910-2003) were photographers from Roosevelt, N.J.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 49 min.
Provenance:
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Documentary photography  Search this
Photographers -- New Jersey -- Roosevelt -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.rosska65
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ba89d9eb-7946-40b2-ad3c-86e22b450e77
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rosska65
Online Media:

Farm Security Administration photographs

Creator:
Wool, Helen D.  Search this
Names:
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section -- Photographs  Search this
Collier, John, Jr., 1913-1992  Search this
Delano, Jack  Search this
Lee, Russell, 1903-1986  Search this
Locke, Edwin  Search this
Rosskam, Edwin, 1903-1985  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Vachon, John, 1914-1975  Search this
Extent:
3 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1943]
Scope and Contents:
A photograh of Grand Central Station's mural "Past Pearl Harbor"; A photograph of Helen D. Wool; and a group photo of Jack Delano, John Vachon, Edwin Rosskam, John Collier, Edwin Locke, Russell Lee, and Roy E. Stryker.
Biographical / Historical:
Secretary, Farm Security Administration; Washington, D.C.
Provenance:
Donated 1964 by Helen D. Wool.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts -- Photographs  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare -- Photographs  Search this
Art and state -- Photographs  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.woolhele
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw997e64c6c-219f-44a1-80bd-ea862efcd827
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-woolhele

Farm Security Administration (FSA) selected records and photographs

Creator:
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section  Search this
Names:
Collier, John, Jr., 1913-1992  Search this
Delano, Jack  Search this
Evans, Walker, 1903-1975  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Lee, Russell, 1903-1986  Search this
Mydans, Carl  Search this
Rosskam, Edwin, 1903-1985  Search this
Rothstein, Arthur, 1915-1985  Search this
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975  Search this
Vachon, John, 1914-1975  Search this
Wolcott, Marion Post, 1910-1990  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (Textual records: 2 partial microfilm reels)
218 Items (Photographs)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1935-1942
Scope and Contents:
Scattered textual records selected from the Farm Security Administration, Historical Section records at the Library of Congress and the Farmers Home Administration records at the National Archives primarily revolving around activities of Roy Stryker. Included are personnel and travel records, typescripts of photograph captions, correspondence, memoranda, files on public relations and exhibits, and printed material.
218 copy prints of photographs of America taken for the FSA, including landscapes, people, homes and other architecture, rural scenes, urban scenes, workers, products of farm and industry, transportation, entertainment, and the Quarter Circle U Ranch, Birney, Montana. Photographers include: Arthur Rothstein, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, John Collier, Marion Post Wolcott, Jack Delano, Russell Lee, John Vachon, Ben Shahn, Carl Mydans, and Edwin Rosskam.
Biographical / Historical:
Established 1935 in the Resettlement Administration Historical Section's photographic project to document poverty stricken rural America under the direction of Roy E. Stryker. In 1937, Roosevelt established the FSA, and the Resettlement Administration and its programs fell under its auspices. The Historical Section of the Resettlement Administration remained intact under the FSA, and continued its photographic survey and historical documentation under Stryker's direction.
After 1942, the photographs project was transplanted to the Office War Information, and the emphasis of the project shifted from rural and urban conditions throughout Depression-era U.S. to the domestic impact of the war. In 1946, Congress created the Farmers Home Administration (FHA) which absorbed the FSA and its programs.
Related Materials:
Additional FSA-OWI records located at: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (microfilm available at LC)
Additional Stryker papers located at: Photographic Archives University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky. 40208
Provenance:
Microfilm and copy prints donated by the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, 1965.
Reel FSA/WDC2: Record Group 96, textual records of the Farmers Home Administration include the records of the FSA, predecessor to the FHA.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Photography -- United States -- Landscape -- Photographs  Search this
Photography -- United States -- Portraits -- Photographs  Search this
Architectural photography -- United States -- Photographs  Search this
Federal aid to the public welfare -- Photographs  Search this
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
New Deal, 1933-1939  Search this
Function:
Agencies
Identifier:
AAA.unstfsad
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93760d8ca-0e22-4f9b-8bfb-c9d6ba0078c4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-unstfsad

San Francisco : west coast metropolis / by Edwin Rosskam ;with an introduction by William Saroyan

Author:
Rosskam, Edwin 1903-1985  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 11-136 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
San Francisco (Calif.)
Date:
1939
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_633115

12 million black voices; a folk history of the Negro in the United States. Photo-direction by Edwin Rosskam

Author:
Wright, Richard 1908-1960  Search this
Rosskam, Edwin 1903-1985  Search this
Physical description:
152 p. illus. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1941
Topic:
African Americans--Social conditions  Search this
Call number:
E185.6.W9X 1941
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_426753

Roosevelt, New Jersey; big dreams in a small town & what time did to them

Author:
Rosskam, Edwin 1903-1985  Search this
Subject:
Shahn, Ben 1898-1969  Search this
Physical description:
148 p. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Roosevelt (N.J.)
Date:
1972
Topic:
History  Search this
Call number:
F144.R86 R6 1972X
F144.R86R6 1972X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_17414

Washington, nerve center, by Edwin Rosskam; co-editor, Ruby A. Black, with an introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt

Author:
Rosskam, Edwin 1903-1985  Search this
Black, Ruby A (Ruby Aurora) 1896-1957  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. illus. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1939
[c1939]
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
F199 .R82
F199.R82
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_63384

Re-viewing documentary : the photographic life of Louise Rosskam / Laura Katzman and Beverly W. Brannan

Author:
Katzman, Laura  Search this
Brannan, Beverly W. 1946-  Search this
American University (Washington, D.C.) Museum  Search this
Subject:
Rosskam, Louise 1910-2003  Search this
Rosskam, Louise 1910-2003  Search this
Rosskam, Edwin 1903-1985  Search this
Physical description:
197 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2011
C2011
Topic:
Women photographers  Search this
Documentary photography  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_985823

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