Times of Sorrow and Hope: Documenting Everyday Life in Pennsylvania During the Depression and World War II: A Photographic Record / Edition 1

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2003 Hardcover Oblong 4to, hardcover. NEW in dust jacket. Bright, crisp & clean, unread; dj glossy. xviii, 265 p., chiefly illus. w/ full-pg b&w photos. Based on photographs ... made by a team of photographers employed by the U.S. Farm Security Administration and the U.S. Office of War Information. Read more Show Less

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Between 1935 and 1946 a group of photographers working for the federal government fanned out across the country to record American life in pictures. Among them were some of the great documentary photographers in American history—including Marjory Collins, Jack Delano, Sheldon Dick, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, and Marion Post Wolcott. This massive photographic project, carried out primarily under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and the Office of War Information (OWI) and later preserved at the Library of Congress, was unrivaled in scope: no comparable attempt to document life in this country has ever been made. Times of Sorrow and Hope is devoted to the Pennsylvania photographs in the FSA-OWI collection. It is both a book and an online catalog.

The Times of Sorrow and Hope book features 150 selected images from the approximately 6,000 Pennsylvania photographs, and they cover themes ranging from coal mining, steelworkers, and women in wartime industries to cities and small towns, farm life, family life, and life among the Amish and Mennonites. The book also includes an essay introducing the FSA-OWI project, an introduction to the catalog of the entire collection of Pennsylvania photographs, and a historical essay on Pennsylvania during the Great Depression and World War II.

The website that accompanies this volume offers a complete catalog of all the FSA-OWI photos taken in the state as well as detailed descriptions and guides to the images. The catalog is keyed to the holdings of the Library of Congress, which houses the fullest collection of FSA-OWI photographs. The Times of Sorrow and Hope website, sponsored by the Penn State University Libraries, can be found at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/crsweb/arts/drc/psupress/frame.html.

Times of Sorrow and Hope provides a unique, comprehensive visual and written record of Pennsylvania history as the state struggled through one of its darkest periods and confronted new economic, political, and social challenges.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The book, published last year by Penn State Press, was probably 30 years in the making.”

—Lisa Christopher, Intelligencer Journal

“Still much intrigued by American Expressionism, I was happy to also have this book along.”

—Kurt Shaw, Tribune Review

“Still much intrigued by American expressionism, I was happy to also have this book along.”

—Kurt Shaw, Tribune-Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271022529
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: A Keystone Book ?
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen Cohen is a retired librarian from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a bibliographer, and a film historian whose most recent book is a co-authored work, John Huston: A Guide to References and Resources (1997).

Ronald L. Filippelli is Professor of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations as well as the Associate Dean for Administration and Undergraduate Studies at Penn State. His most recent book is a co-authored work, Cold War in the Working Class: The Rise and Decline of the United Electrical Workers (1995), and he has been a frequent reviewer for The International Journal of the History of Photography.

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Table of Contents


Foreword by Miles Orvel

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. Pennsylvania from Depression to War

2. The FSA-OWI Photographic Project

Photographs from Pennsylvania


Town and City

At Home

At Leisure

On the Move

On the Land

The Plain People



The Westmoreland Project

Patriotic Activity

The War at Home

About the Photographers

3. Introduction to the Times of Sorrow and Hope On-line Catalog

4. Guides to the Times of Sorrow and Hope On-line Catalog

Appendix: FSA-OWI Photographs in This Book


Resources and Selected Bibliography


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