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Marjory Collins (1912-1985)

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Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection (FSA/OWI)
The largest single body of surviving Collins photographs, about 3,200 negatives (more than 2,000 captioned images) is part of the FSA/OWI collection at the Library of Congress,

Other Institutions

National Archives and Records Administration
Still Picture unit
College Park, MD
One photograph by Collins is online in "Pictures of African Americans During World War II,"

Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Marjorie Collins Personal papers and photographs


Works by Collins

Peace Concern (began 1962).

Prime Time, a bi-monthly independent feminist publication for older women, (1971 to April 1976), New York.

Works About Collins

Bendavid Val, Lea. Propaganda and Dreams: Photographing in the 1930s in the USSR and the US. Zurich: Edition Stemmie, 1999.

Carson, Jeanie Cooper. "Interpreting National Identity in Time of War: Competing Views in U.S. Office of War Information (OWI) Photography." Paper delivered at the American and New England Studies Program, Boston University, January 1995.

-----. "Shifting Icons of Womanpower from Depression to Wartime in US Office of War Information Propaganda." Paper presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, June 1996.

-----. Untitled, Retrospections, August 26, 1992.

Denning, Michael. The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century. New York: Verso, 1998. [Leftist intellectual history of the 1930s and 1940s in which Collins aspired to participate.]

Ellis, Jacqueline. Silent Witness: Representations of Working-Class Women in the United States. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1998, 110-12, 114.

Endres, Kathleen L., and Therese L. Lueck, eds. Women's Periodicals in the United States: Social and Political Issues. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996, 295-307.

Fisher, Andrea. Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: Women Photographers for the U.S. Government, 1935-1944. London; New York: Pandora Press, 1987.

Fleischhauer, Carl, and Beverly W. Brannan. Documenting America, 1935-1943. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1986, 252-75, 337. LC call number: E806.D616 1988 (FSA Carrel)

McDannell, Colleen. Picture Faith: Photography and the Great Depression. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. LC call number: BL2525.M395 2005 (FSA Carrel)

Milkman, Paul. PM: A New Deal in Journalism, 1940-1948. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1997. [History of one of the magazines that Collins worked for, 1940-41.]

Orvell, Miles (ed.) John Vachon's America: Photographs and Letters from the Depression to World War II. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003, 242, 245-6, 309. LC call number: TR140.V33A4 2003 (FSA Carrel)

Parks, Gordon. A Choice of Weapons. New York: Harper and Row, 1966, 234-37. LC call number: PS3566.A73C5 (FSA)

Westerbeck, Colin, and Joel Meyerowitz. Bystander: A History of Street Photography. Boston: Little, Brown, 2001, 231 and 256-7.

Works That Feature Collins's Photographs (in chronological order)

"Progressive School." U.S. Camera 1939, 93.

Schwars, Daniel, "Television from Backstage" New York Times, Oct. 1, 1939, 120. [Photo credit: Collins, Marjory. Black Star.]

PM Magazine 6 (June-July 1940), masthead.

Martin, Betty Fible, "Country Supper--50cents." New York Times, Aug. 4, 1940, 88. [Photo credit, Marjory Collins photo from F.P.G.]

Collins, Marjory, and Wilfrid Zogbaum. "Hoboken: The Photographers' Forbidden Paradise." U.S. Camera, August 1941, 4, 2: 39-54.

"Young Artist." U.S. Camera 1942, 128.

"City Schools Will Adopt Activity Program in Spring, fight to Be Pressed to Save Lincoln School, Where Progressive Methods Were Tested." New York Times, Jan. 11, 1942, D5.

American Society of Magazine Photographers (ed.) Photo-graphic: The Annual of America's Leading Photographers. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company. 1948, 99.

Hoffman, Paul, "Italy. A Land Full of Friends, Romans and Countrymen." New York Times, Feb. 22, 1953, ITS43. [Photo credit: Marjory Collins from Guiliumette.]

Mooney, Richard E., "Tourist Frontier: Alaska Offers Its Sight-Seers the Last of Nation's Great Open Spaces" New York Times, Nov. 30, 1958, X23. [Photo credit: Marjory Collins from Rapho-Guiliumette.]

"Photo Standalone 4--No Title." New York Times, Jan. 11, 1959, X1.

Rabinowitz, Paula. "The Woman in the Window: Esther Bubley Invents Noir." Film International. March 2003, 2:3.

Scrivano, Paolo. "Signs of Americanization in Italian Domestic Life: Italy's Postwar Conversion to Consumerism." Journal of Contemporary History 40 (2005): 317-340.

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