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Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Microfilm of Farm Security Administration photographs, 1936-1942.
6.00 microfilm reels 35 mm
Numerical by image group number. Each group of images documents a particular activity and/or geographic location.
Terms Governing Use:
Legislation of 1979 (79-322, SB 1208) transferred to the Department of State the Florida Folk Arts component of the Stephen Foster Memorial and authorized appointment of a Folk Life Director to oversee the program. The Florida Folk Life Program was charged to "identify, research, and develop Florida folk artists, performers, folklore, traditions, customs, and cultural heritage and make folk art resources, festivals, and folk life projects available throughout the state." Known as the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs from ca. 1985 until a 1995 reorganization, the bureau operated under the Division of Historical Resources, coordinating the annual Florida Folk Festival and directing such programs as Folk Arts Apprenticeships, Folk Arts in Education, Folk Heritage awards, and numerous research and collecting projects and programs. Part of the bureau was the Florida Folklife Archive, originally established in 1976 and maintained by the bureau as a depository for field notes and research findings of the folklife program and for the folklife collections of other researchers.
Since 1995, the Florida Folklife Program has operated within the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources in Tallahassee and continues most of the same programs as the Bureau.
From 1935 to 1942, photographers for the Farm Security Administration (FSA), including such gifted photographers as Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, and others, shot over 270,000 photographs documenting rural conditions, life in urban communities, and the war effort on the home front. In 1942, the photographic unit of the FSA was transferred to the Publications Bureau of the Office of War Information (OWI). On January 1, 1944, the entire OWI photographic archive, including the FSA photo collection, was transferred to the Library of Congress, where it remains today.
This series consists of microfilm of selected U.S. Farm Security Administration photographs, including images documenting conditions in farming, rural, and small town communities in Florida. There is no indication of how or why this microfilm came to be filed with the records of the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs, although it may have been used by Bureau staff for general reference purposes. The Florida photographs included on the film include images of the Escambia Farms (June 1942); Welaka wildlife and forest conservation project; Withlacoochee River agricultural demonstration project near Brooksville (June 1936); Careyville, an abandoned lumber town (July 1937); Withlacoochee land use project (February 1937); Polk and Hernando County citrus production (February 1937); Winterhaven grapefruit production (January 1937); Fort Pierce fruit packing (January 1937); and other rural and industrial places and activities throughout Florida.
Microfilm listing available.
Additional Physical Form:
Prints of some of the Florida images are available from the Florida Photographic Collection, Florida State Archives.
Location of Originals/Duplicates:
Original photographs are in the Farm Security Administration Photographs Collection, Prints and Photographs Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Electronic Records Access:
Subject Access Fields:
Farms Florida Agricultural laborers Florida Agriculture Florida Migrant labor Florida Rural poor Florida Citrus fruit industry Florida Turpentine industry and trade Florida Sponge fisheries
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