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Series of photographic documents of social conditions, 1905-1939

Series of photographic documents of social conditions, 1905-1939 [graphic] / by Lewis Wickes Hine.
Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940.
1899-1939, most printed later.

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431 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w; 21 x 26 cm. or smaller on mounts 27 x 34 or smaller.
  • Portraits.
  • Artists' signatures.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Silver gelatin prints.
  • Tear sheets.
  • Typescripts.
  • Title from accompanying typescript.
  • Includes photographs by Hine, and images of Hine by other photographers.
  • Collection consists of five units of photographs (one with two parts), each separately cataloged. Accompanying the photographs are manuscript and published materials, including original mounts and captions, a typescript text describing Hine's photography of immigrants, tear sheets from pubications containing Hine's images, and later publications about Hine and his work.
  • Most photographs are mounted and numbered. Prints in Units I and II are mounted on gray mounts which bear typed labels and numbering by Hine. (Dark mounts were chosen to minimize signs of handling -- c.f. Abbott, A guide to Better photography, 1941, p. 127) Units III and IV were organized and mounted by the U.S. History, Local History and Geneology Division, Unit V was organized by USLHG, and a calendar describing the entire collection was prepared in 1967. Some are signed, recto, or in the negative.
Reproduction (note)
  • consists of study prints.
Provenance (note)
  • Transferred from U.S. History Local History and Genealogy Division, 1986; Gift of the Russell Sage Foundation Library, 1949.
Unit I, Immigration, part 1, Ellis Island, scenes and personalities -- Unit I Immigration, part 2, Life and labor in America with emphasis upon racial contributions -- Unit II, Child labor in the U.S. -- Unit III, Women at work -- Unit IV, Men at work -- Unit V, Miscellaneous photographs.
Call Number
MFZ (Hine) 95-33 to 95-38
Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940.
Series of photographic documents of social conditions, 1905-1939 [graphic] / by Lewis Wickes Hine.
1899-1939, most printed later.
Units I-IV consist primarily of images of immigrants, children and workers that Lewis Hine printed in 1939 for the Russell Sage Foundation Library. Unit V contains images made in Europe for the Red Cross, images of Hine and his family, and images that supplement or duplicate images in units I-IV.
Milstein Division copy (AZ 19-236 to 19-240) consists of study prints.
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Research Call Number
MFZ (Hine) 95-33 to 95-38
AZ 19-236 to 19-240
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