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Library of Congress Photos - Aroostook farms

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Re: Library of Congress Photos - Aroostook farms

Nicholas Hawes (View posts)
Posted: 1061301112000
Classification: Query
Many (if not all) of the photographs mentioned in the above posting appear to come from a series of photographs made in 1940 and in 1942-1943 by Jack Delano and John Collier Jr. The two photographers were working on assignment from the Farm Security Administration and the U.S. Office of War Information to document farming practices and farm life in Aroostook County, notably among F.S.A. client farmers and potato growers in the Saint John Valley. (They also documented the State Experimental Farm in Presque Isle, the first international potato barrel rolling contest, wartime Memorial Day ceremonies, a Congregational church service, and scenes along US Route 1.)

Many of these photographs appear in a book by historian C. Stewart Doty: "Acadian Hard Times: The Farm Security Administration in Maine's St. John Valley, 1940-1943" (Orono: University of Maine Press, 1991). A revised edition containing many more identifications of individuals appearing in the photographs was released in 1996. People interested in identifying individuals may find that the Doty book is easier to use than the website. (Certainly, the caption information is much more complete, particularly in the revised edition.)

Further information on this collection and on related collections can be obtained from the finding aid prepared by Acadian Archives staff.

Nicholas Hawes
Assistant Director
Acadian Archives / Archives acadiennes
University of Maine at Fort Kent

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