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Roy Emerson Stryker collection, 1932-1964

Stryker, Roy Emerson, 1893-1975

Directors (performing arts)


Collection Information

Size: 7 Items

Summary: A letter from Archie Robertson to Stryker about traveling photographic exhibitions; 2 manuscripts on the origins of the FSA and containing biographical information of Stryker, the staff, and photographers on the project; a photograph of a poem, "Merry Christmas to Stryker"; "Stryker's Credo," a statement he made upon leaving the "Jersey Company" (Standard Oil); "The Children of Esso," 1948 by John Vachon, a psalm-like parody about Stryker and his affiliation with Standard Oil; and a copy of "Their Blood is Strong," 1940 by John Steinbeck on migratory agricultural workers in California illustrated with photos by Dorothea Lange for the FSA, signed by Steinbeck.

Biographical/Historical Note

Director of the Farm Security Administration Historical Section; Washington, D.C. Under Stryker the Photographic project of the FSA documented the drought, poverty and despair of rural and urban America during the Depression.


Donated 1965 by Roy Stryker.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

All items except for Steinbeck publication are available on microfilm reel 3472 and are available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Roy Emerson Stryker collection, 1932-1964. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.