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Jack Delano papers, 1939-1943

Delano, Jack, 1914-1997



Collection Information

Size: 75 Items, (on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Correspondence, mostly with Roy Stryker, Chief of the Historical Section of the Farm Security Administration. Stryker gives Delano his field assignments as a traveling photographer; discusses FSA policy, photographic techniques; his own philosophy about the work; change in budget and focus because of defense emphases; the war; subjects to photograph; activities of other personnel; and personal matters.

Biographical/Historical Note

Illustrator, photographer; New York, N.Y. Born 1914. Delano was a photographer for the Farm Security Administration photography project which documented urban and rural America during the Depression.


Lent for microfilming 1965 by Jack Delano.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to the lender, Jack Delano, after microfilming. Some of the papers were subsequently donated to the Library of Congress; some are on deposit at the Luis Munoz Marin Foundation, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel NDA 21 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American Art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Jack Delano papers, 1939-1943. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.