images depict people who were driven from their homes in the
Southwestern states by drought and economic depression and migrated
to the West in search of work. Most of the images in this archive
were taken in the mid to late 1930s by Dorothea
Lange, one of several photographers hired by the Farm
Security Administration (FSA) to document migrant life.
Many of the FSA photographs were used to publicize the deplorable
living and working conditions of the migrants.