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Ben Shahn, Painting, photography, American Photography, 1930's, New Deal Resettlement Administration, Farm Security Administration, Great Depression, New Deal, Rural Poor



Ben Shahn was an artist who used photographs primarily as a starting point for paintings. He was employed in the New Deal Resettlement (later Farm Security) Administration as an artist, but also assisted with the photographic projects. The collection consists of reproductions from the Library of Congress, Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information Photograph Collection, used in a 1976 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 Ben Shahn 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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