Distinguished Professor Emerita Constance Schulz was director or codirector of the award-winning public history program at the University of South Carolina for more than twenty years. She currently directs and serves as senior editor for a born-digital edition of the Papers of the Revolutionary-Era Pinckney Statesmen (2016 - ), funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Her digital edition of The Writings of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry (2012) was recognized by Choice as an outstanding academic publication. She lectures regularly on digital scholarly editing. She has also written on public history education and served as a consultant for colleges and universities establishing public history programs. While a Fulbright lecturer in England and Italy, she studied how museum, archival, and historic preservation activities are carried out in other nations. In her work as an archival educator, she has focused on the importance of archivists' preservation and historians' use of visual images, particularly photographs, for understanding the past, and she has published five books on the representations of individual states in the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information collection of 180,000 images from 1935 to 1943.
This lecture covers the 1935-43 collection of 180,000 photographs in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division of the 48 United States and Puerto Rico known as the "Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information " or FSA/OWI photographs. Schulz discusses the importance of these photographs not just for understanding the impact of the great depression of the 1930s and then the shift to wartime production in the late 1930s / early 1940s upon ordinary American people, but also the window that these photographs can provide into ordinary people living and working in specific localities. Lecture can be focused on the specific local and state history of the community for the lecture, but will also cover how ordinary citizens today can see and search these photographs online for historic images of places they know and love or remember. The talk begins with an overview of the agency and of the photographers who worked in the particular location and is heavily illustrated with slides and images from the FSA/OWI collection at the Library of Congress.