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Archive of Depression Era Photos Available By County

Russell Lee

Back in the late 1930’s, President Roosevelt started a massive photography campaign across America to document poor farmers.  Thousands upon thousands of photographs were taken, and they’re in the Library of Congress.

Credit Russell Lee
Hay stack and automobile of peach pickers, Delta County, Colorado

Recently, Yale University created a new way to look at them.  Anyone can go online and find depression era photographs by county. 

The site has hundreds of photographs from Delta, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Gunnison, and San Miguel counties.  There’s color and black and white photos of abandoned Telluride gold mines, the 1940 delta county fair, barbeques and more.  You can find the site here.

Credit Russell Lee
Sheepherder, Ouray County, Colorado

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