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Employment signs in Spanish and English. These ranches (1938) increasingly use Negro pickers. Near Fresno, California

Motherless migrant children. They work in the cotton

Marysville camp for migrants. Resettlement Administration. Shows utility unit and camp sites (toilets, showers, laundry). California

Dust storm near Mills, New Mexico

Squatter camp facilities

Men at work under SERA (State Emergency Relief Administration). Outskirts of Los Angeles, California

Resettled child of Bosque Farms, New Mexico. She herds cows for neighboring families for five cents per day

Date picker's home. Coachella Valley, California

Man with young boy in his arms, both wearing caps

The rolling lands used for grazing near Mills, New Mexico

Oklahoma dust bowl refugees. San Fernando, California

A new home on wheels (father and son). Yuba County, California

Typical farm in the Mills area, New Mexico. These people are to be resettled, their land to revert to cattle range

Marysville camp for migrants. Supervised play for the children is part of the child welfare program at the Resettlement Administration camp. California

Drought refugees from Oklahoma looking for work in the pea fields of California. Near San Jose Mission

Arkansas squatters. Three years in California. Near Bakersfield, California

Map of Alaska indicating Matanuska area

Adults and children registering as ship passengers at dock in San Francisco

Ideal grazing conditions are afforded by this area if it is properly utilized. Overgrazing has depleted natural forage until feeding scenes like this are common. Mew Mexico

Bosque Farms project. Making adobe brick for school and permanent houses. New Mexico

Migrant agricultural worker in Marysville migrant camp (trying to figure out his year's earnings). California

The town of Mills, New Mexico. The grain elevator in background at right has been long ago abandoned. The bank is closed

Truck driver's family. Imperial Valley, California

Ingenuity of man

Slums of San Francisco, California

Roadside camp near Bakersfield, California. "Come to California." The wordly posessions of refugees from Texas dust, drought and depression

Temporary home. These buildings to be remodeled later on for barns and outbuildings. Bosque Farms project, New Mexico

Youngest child of four of rural rehabilitation client. Father assisted in establishing poultry farm. Loan successful. Near San Fernando, California

Jack Neill, "migratory fruit tramp," on banks of Pulah Creek near Winters, California. He owns one acre subsistence farm near Porterville. Represented migratory laborers as speaker at Commonwealth Club, San Francisco (See published "Transactions" of the Club). Education: two years to University of Montana

Young man wearing cap

Homes of Mexican field workers. Brawley, Imperial Valley, California

Date picker's home. Coachella Valley, California

The slums of Brawley. Homes of Mexican field workers. Imperial Valley, California

Entrance to Marysville camp for migrants. Marysville, California

Children of Oklahoma drought refugees on highway near Bakersfield, California. Family of six; no shelter, no food, no money and almost no gasoline. The child has bone tuberculosis

Dispossessed Arkansas farmers. Bakersfield, California

Over this bridge drought refugees are crossing the Colorado River into California. U.S. 80 / Dorothea Lange, 1935.

Leveling the land for irrigation on the Bosque Farms project. The tract of two thousand four hundred acres to be cultivated under irrigation. New Mexico

Migrant Mexican children in contractor's camp at time of early pea harvest. Nipomo, California

Imperial Valley, California, Mexican. He tells his story: he helped drive the French out of Mexico, fought against Maximilian, and he has, by serving the crops for many years, help build up Imperial Valley

Making adobe bricks. Bosque Farms project, New Mexico. These bricks are to be used in construction of the new school building

Along the highway near Bakersfield, California. Dust bowl refugees

Housing for Mexican field laborers. Brawley, Imperial Valley, California

No garbage disposal. Brawley, Imperial Valley, California

Temporary housing for the settlers. Bosque Farms project, New Mexico

Mexican family. Brawley County, Imperial Valley, California

Fence corner and outbuilding being buried by dust. Misuse of lands is the chief cause of results such as this. Mills, New Mexico

Potato harvesters. Kern County, California

Camp of single men by the roadside. They have come in to work in the pea fields. Nipomo, California

Two scenes aboard the U.S.A.T. St. Mihiel: A family group posing on deck, and a man looking through a porthole

Housing. Brawley, Imperial Valley, California

Pea pickers from Vermont - 6 weeks earnings $7.00 - at squatter's camp, Nipomo

Imperial Valley, California. Old Mexican laborer saying "I have worked all my life and all I have now is my broken body"

Farm child. Family now settled on the Bosque Farms project, New Mexico

Transient potato workers camping along the highway. Near Shafter, California

Discouraged farmers have been leaving this area over a period of years, leaving their heavy equipment in the fields. Mills, New Mexico

Migrant agricultural worker's family. Seven children without food. Mother aged thirty-two. Father is a native Californian. Nipomo, California

Between Laton and Fowler, central San Joaquin Valley, California. One man-one horse methods are rare in California

A new start. Bosque Farms project, New Mexico

Off for the melon fields (Mexican labor). Imperial Valley, California

Home of Mexican field worker showing water supply. Brawley, Imperial Valley, California

Father and child on train

Mexican mother in California. "Sometimes I tell my children that I would like to go to Mexico, but they tell me 'We don't want to go, we belong here.'" (Note on Mexican labor situation in repatriation.)

Squatters along highway near Bakersfield, California. Penniless refugees from dust bowl. Twenty-two in family, thirty-nine evictions, now encamped near Bakersfield without shelter, without water and looking for work in the cotton

Village of the Tewa Basin in winter. Chimayo, New Mexico

Outlying fields of Mexican village in the hills of the Tewa Basin, New Mexico

Migrant agricultural worker's family. Seven children without food. Mother aged thirty-two. Father is a native Californian. Nipomo, California

On location of Resettlement Administration film near Bakersfield, California. Three brothers, drought refugees from Texas (note water barrel)

Dispossessed Arkansas farmers. These people are resettling themselves on the dump outside of Bakersfield, California

Title page including photographic print of American flag

Texans earning their way westward, bound for a new start in Oregon. United States No. 99, California

Mother of family camped near a creek bed, panning for gold. "Slept in a bed all my life long till now--sleeping on the ground." Near Redding, California

Colonist to Alaska from Minnesota

Garbage disposal. Brawley, Imperial Valley, California

Oklahoma squatter's family, Riverside Co.

Once a prosperous Texas farmer, near Bakersfield, California, now come to California looking for work and work for his family in cotton. No work, and no money

An example of how listing soil into furrows helps impede erosion. Mills, New Mexico

Mobile housing--a trend. One of the many housecars under construction by homeless people who formerly lived in tents. California

Stand of vega grass eaten off close. In good seasons hay can be cut from areas like this. New Mexico

Mexican field worker, father of six. Imperial Valley, Riverside County, California

More Oklahomans reach Calif. via the cotton fields of Ariz. ; "We got blowed out in Oklahoma." Share-croppers family near Bakersfield, Apr. 7, 1935

Drought refugees from Oklahoma looking for work in the pea fields of California. Near San Jose Mission

Negro field worker. Holtville, Imperial Valley, California. He has just made himself shoes out of that old tire

Migrant workers' camp, outskirts of Marysville, California. The new migratory camps now being built by the Resettlement Administration will remove people from unsatisfactory living conditions such as these and substitute at least the minimum of comfort and sanitation

Outskirts of San Bernardino, California. A new home in California. Drought refugees from Colorado now making a new start in California. Living in Cotton Gardens

Mobile housing--a trend. One of the many housecars under construction by homeless people who formerly lived in tents. California

Corral near Cordova, New Mexico

A corral practically buried by drifted dust. Mills, New Mexico. Therefore, the fertile top soil of a grazing area cannot be utilized

Potato harvesters. Kern County, California

Drinking water for field worker's family. Imperial Valley, California, near El Centro

Texas tenant farmer in Marysville, California, migrant camp during the peach season. 1927 made seven thousand dollars in cotton. 1928 broke even. 1929 went in the hole. 1930 still deeper. 1931 lost everything. 1932 hit the road. 1935, fruit tramp in California

Departure

"Water." Southern California

All races serve the crops in California

Two scenes of rural rehabilitation: Young couple with baby in railroad passenger car during journey from Minnesota to San Francisco, and railroad tracks outside of train station

Street of Mexican village up in the hills. Cordova, New Mexico

Typical Teutonic farm wife and child of Mills, New Mexico, area. Client for resettlement

Home of Mexican field laborers. Brawley, Imperial Valley, California

Resettled at Bosque Farms project. Family of four from Taos Junction shows temporary dwelling

Sunday morning in Tennessee

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