Lecture Description

Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother is ubiquitous in American visual culture. Yet FSA photographs took thousands of other photographs (174,999 of them), most of them digitized at the Library of Congress. What can scholars learn with instantaneous access to such archives, all keyword searchable within seconds? Digital sources and digital platforms offer scholars and students new tools with which to think about historical archives, ask questions, and formulate and document their arguments. Using her own born-digital project on FSA photography as an example, this talk will explore some of the innovations which illuminate new meanings of such extraordinary sources.


Digital history Photography

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