Sharecropper's shack in Missouri

Description
As part of his job with the Farm Security Administration, Mydans traveled to Missouri and captured the lodgings of a sharecropping family. Mydans' F.S.A. caption indicates that this is a photograph of a kitchen in a cabin purchased for the Lake of the Ozarks project.
Lake of the Ozarks is one of the world's largest manmade lakes. The main objective during the project was the construction of the Bagnell Dam in order to maintain a hydroelectric power plant. Hundreds of support buildings --serving as housing, a hospital, a jail, and a commissary-- also needed to be constructed to accommodate the thousands of workmen for the project's completion. The cabin pictured here may have served as lodging for one of these workers and his family.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
photograph
Date made
1936-05
1936
photographer
Mydans, Carl
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 in x 19 3/4 in; 40.64 cm x 50.165 cm
place made
United States: Missouri
ID Number
2005.0228.007
accession number
2005.0228
catalog number
2005.0228.007
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Carl Mydans
Photography
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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