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Walker Evans, documentary photography, American Photography, 1930's, New Deal Resettlement Administration, Farm Security Administration, Greate Depression, New Deal, Rural Poor



Walker Evans was a self-taught photographer who pointed a new direction in American documentary photography in the 1930s. In the mid-1930s, he worked for President Roosevelt’s New Deal Resettlement (later Farm Security) Administration, taking photographs intended to alert America’s increasingly urban society to the plight of the rural poor during the Great Depression. The collection consists of reproductions from the Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information Photograph Collection, used in a 1978 exhibition at the University Art Gallery.

Size of Collection:

4.5 ft.



Acquired by the USM Art Gallery for an exhibition and then donated to Special Collections.

Ownership and Literary Rights:

The Walker Evans Photographs are the physical property of the University of Southern Maine Libraries. These images are reproductions from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection in Special Collections, Library of Congress. The Library of Congress has a digital Collection of the images available at Please see that site for more information.

For further information, consult the Head of Special Collections,



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