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After the United States entered World War Two the FSA photographic section was transferred to the Domestic Operations Branch of the Office of War Information to document the war effort on the homefront. Congress eliminated the branch in 1943 and the vast visual archive of photographs and negatives was deposited in the Library of Congress where the collection remains as a detailed record of the lives and beliefs of depression-era Americans - both the people photographed and those who took the pictures.

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For more reading on documentary photography and the Great Depression, see Pete Daniel, et. al., Official Images: New Deal Photography (1987); Carl Fleischauer and Beverly W. Brannan, eds., Documenting America, 1935-1943 (1988); and James Curtis, Minds Eye, Mind's Truth: FSA Photography Reconsidered (1989).