Oklahoma History Center Opens Depression-era Photo Exhibit

Jul 24, 2015

Credit Oklahoma Historical Society

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma History Center has opened a Depression-era exhibit of 20 black and white photographs from the Farm Security Administration taken between 1935 and 1945.

The exhibit, "Photographing the Plains: Farm Security Administration, 1935-45," is being displayed in the Chesapeake Events Center Monday through Saturday.

The FSA began in 1937 as the successor of the Resettlement Administration, a branch of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal responding to the devastating effects of the Great Depression. Roy Stryker was responsible for documenting this program by providing photographs to media outlets, including newspapers and magazines.

During the run of this project, approximately 175,000 black and white negatives and 1,600 color transparencies were produced. These images are now housed at the Library of Congress, have been digitized and are available to the public.