Dorothea Lange

Supported by government programs and new picture magazines like LIFE, Dorothea Lange and other photographers of the 1930s and '40s created an indelible record of everyday life in difficult times. The Great Depression caused many photographers to consider the camera as an instrument of social change. Foremost among this group was Berkeley photographer Dorothea Lange, whose intimate pictures of people in distress were driven by a deep personal empathy. She continued her intensely personal work after the Depression, creating series on the forced relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II, Irish country life, and postwar suburban California, among many other projects. The Oakland Museum of California houses Lange’s personal archive, a gift from the artist that includes 25,000 negatives, 6,000 vintage prints, field notes, and personal memorabilia. Curators and researchers from around the world visit the Museum to access the Lange collection.


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Pledge of Allegiance|One Nation Indivisible|One Nation Indivisible, San Francisco|Pledge of Allegiance at Rafael Weill Elementary School a Few Weeks Prior to Evacuation, San Francisco

Evidently this is Dorothea Lange's personal duplicate negative. This negative has been assigned this number so that we can get the image on the video disc. When the actual negatives are taken...

c. 1930

This duplicate negative has been assigned this number because it appears next to .5892 in Contact Sheets vol. 2 --when the actual negative is removed from cold storage it may be assigned a...

Cable Car, S.F.

The original negative is probably in cold storage -the accession number may be changed later. It has been assigned this number to get the image on the video disc.


Handwritten on negative envelope: "Shipyard End of Day Shift at Yard 1 Sept, 1943"

ca. 1943

Handwritten on negative envelope: "New California - note People scattering after work & Race relations around yards"

CA. 1942
Macdonald, Miscellaneous Street Items|Woman Standing in front of Richmond Cafe
ca. 1942

Handwritten on negative envelope: "Macdonald Miscellaneous Street Items Contains 1 good "Conversation" Refer to #6 Richmond" Note written in Catalog Sheet Volume 5: "-...


This is one of a strip of two negatives cataloged as 67.137.38196.4 and .5

ca. 1938

Note in Catalog Sheet Colume 4 page 40 reads: "-the screen hanging down over the counter separates the service area for white & black customers" This is one of a strip of two negatives...

ca. 1938

Original in FSA

Note in Proof Sheet Volume 29 reads: "See also, Hoeing, EXODUS #38218"

ca. 1958

Note in Catalog Sheet Volume 11 reads:

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