Erosion of the Land and Erosion of the People: Illinois in the Great Depression (Full Video)

Drawing upon Farm Security Administration photographs and archival film footage captured during the 1930s, this Illinois State Geological Survey video production presents a new visual portrait of a time period in Illinois for which the oral history and physical landscape have largely disappeared. The story of the decade-long Great Depression is explored during this full length 40-minute video. Individual parts can be revisited at the playlist on the ISGS YouTube channel.

For more information on this project and the people involved, see the PDF downloads below:

 FSA-OWI black and white photography

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives (pdf)

 FSA-OWI color photography

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs (pdf)

 erosion of the land

Erosion of the Land (pdf)

 Erosion of the People

Erosion of the People (pdf)

 Jack Delano

Photographer: Jack Delano, 1942 (pdf)

 Walker Evans

Photographer: Walker Evans, 1937 (pdf)

 Dorthea Lange

Photographer: Dorthea Lange, 1934 (pdf)

 Russell Lee

Photographer: Russell Lee, 1942 (pdf)

 Carl Mydans

Photographer: Carl Mydans, 1938 (pdf)

 Arthur Rothstein

Photographer: Arthur Rothstein, July 1938 (pdf)

 John Vachon

Photographer: John Vachon, 1942 (pdf)

 Marion Post Wolcott

Photographer: Marion Post Wolcott, 1940 (pdf)