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Relating to Lewis Hine
The following publications reproduce a number of Hine's photographs. Several also provide an introduction to Hine's life and work.
America & Lewis Hine: Photographs, 1904-1940.
Foreword by Walter Rosenblum; biographical notes by
Naomi Rosenblum; essay by Alan Trachtenberg; design
by Marvin Israel. Millerton, N.Y.: Aperture
Monographs, 1977. [LC call number: TR820.5.H56 1977
Published in connection with a major retrospective of Hine's work at the Brooklyn Museum, this work provides biographical information, a sampling of Hine's photos from all stages of his career, an extensive bibliography of books and articles featuring Hine's photos and discussing his work, and a synopsis of the holdings of several public collections of Hine photographs. Approximately one-fifth of the 109 photos (or close variants of them) can be found in P&P's National Child Labor Committee collection.
Curtis, Verna Posever and Stanley Mallach.
Photography and Reform: Lewis Hine & the
National Child Labor Committee. Milwaukee, Wisc.:
Milwaukee Art Museum, 1984. [LC call number:
Reproducing Hine photographs held by the Milwaukee Art Museum, this work features two essays on Hine from the perspectives of social and art history. By focusing on Hine's work on behalf of child labor reform, they contextualize the images. At least 72 of the images included have been identified in P&P's National Child Labor Committee Collection.
Doherty, Jonathan L., ed. Women at Work: 153
Photographs by Lewis W. Hine. New York, N.Y.: Dover
Publications, in association with George Eastman
House (Rochester), 1981. [LC call number:
TR820.5.H564 1981 P&P]
Selected from the collections at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House (Rochester, NY), the images are divided by period (1907-1917 and 1920-1928) and show women engaged in various kinds of work (e.g., textile, food packing, artificial flower, printing, glass industries piecework, and sweatshop labor). Only a few of the earlier photographs have been identified in P&P collections.
Freedman, Russell. Immigrant Kids. New York, N.Y.:
E.P. Dutton, 1980. [LC call number: HQ796.F7635
Intended for children, this book includes photos by Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine, illustrating text about the immigration experience from the perspective of those who came through Ellis Island and settled in urban areas, such as New York City. Approximately one-quarter of the 16 Lewis Hine photos can be found in P&P collections (the book also includes other photos from P&P collections).
Freedman, Russell. Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the
Crusade Against Child Labor. New York, N.Y.:
Clarion Books, 1994. [LC call number: HD6250.U3F67
Intended for children, this book gives information about Hine's life and photography, as well as providing contextual information about child labor, especially in textile industries, canneries, coal mines, street trades, and agriculture. Hine's later work is briefly covered. Approximately two-thirds of the 60 photographs can be found in P&P collections.
Gutman, Judith Mara. Lewis W. Hine and the American
Social Conscience. New York, N.Y.: Walker and
Company, 1967. [LC call number: TR140.H52G8]
In addition to offering an overview of Hine's career, this work features discussions of Hine's camera technique, summaries of the nature and provenance of major Hine collections in U.S. institutions and galleries, and an extensive bibliography. At least 48 of the photographs from Hine's National Child Labor Committee work and American Red Cross work have been identified in P&P collections.
Gutman, Judith Mara. Lewis W. Hine, 1874-1940: Two
Perspectives. London: Studio Vista, 1974. [LC call
number: TR654.H66 1974]
Includes Gutman's 1967 essay, "Lewis Hine and the American Social Conscience," and a later essay, "The Eyes of Lewis W. Hine," both of which reflect on the subject matter, style, composition, and significance of Hine's photographs, covering all stages of his career. Also included are a bibliography, a list of Hine exhibitions, and a list of public institutions holding collections of Hine's work. Approximately one-third of the 49 photographs can be found in P&P collections.
Kaplan, Daile. Lewis Hine in Europe: The Lost
Photographs. New York, N.Y. :Abbeville Press, 1988.
[LC call number: TR820.5.K36 1988]
In addition to offering extensive biographical information about Hine, this work discusses Hine's work on behalf of the American Red Cross in Europe during and after World War I, setting it in the context of the progressive and pacifist movements. A bibliography and list of repositories holding collections relating to Hine is included. As of Jan. 1995, P&P's holdings of Lewis Hine photos taken for the American Red Cross are unprocessed, but at least 40 of the photos included can be printed from existing copy negatives.
Kaplan, Daile, ed. Photo Story: Selected Letters
and Photographs of Lewis W. Hine. Washington, D.C.:
Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992. [LC call
number: TR140.H52.A3 1992 P&P]
Introductory material discusses Hine's development as a photographer in the context of the movement for progressive reform. The body of the work consists of selected letters by Lewis Hine to various correspondents, drawn from manuscript sources in several repositories, arranged by theme and date. Also included are biographical notes prepared by Hine in 1940, and a brief bibliography and collection listing. None of the 10 photographs reproduced in the volume have been identified in P&P collections.
Kemp, John R. Lewis Hine: Photographs of Child
Labor in the New South. Jackson, Miss.: University
Press of Mississippi, 1986. [LC call number:
Reviews Hine's career and provides a detailed account of his documentation of child labor in the southern United States, drawing on manuscript materials in the National Child Labor Committee Records (LC Manuscript Division) and reprinting many of Hine's explanatory captions. While the 78 photos were reproduced from those in the Hine Collection at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, nearly all of them can also be found in P&P's National Child Labor Committee Collection.
Nasaw, David. Children of the City: At Work and At
Play. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press/Doubleday,
1985. [LC call number: HQ792.U5N36 1985 P&P]
A discussion of children's activities in American cities in the first decades of the twentieth century, this book features many photos from Hine's National Child Labor Committee work, focusing particularly on street trades (e.g., newspaper sellers, shoeshine boys, messenger boys) and recreational activities. Approximately 90% of the 68 photos (including some by photographers other than Hine) can be found in LC collections.
Panzer, Mary. Lewis Hine. London ; New York :
Phaidon, 2002. [LC call number: TR820.5 .P273
Not yet examined.
Winthrop, Elizabeth. "Through the Mill"
Smithsonian, 37 (Sept. 2006), 19-20.
Available online: <
Recounts the author's efforts to trace the biography of one of the spinners Hine photographed in a Vermont cotton mill.
- The journal, History of Photography, has published several articles on Hine, most recently in the October-December 1990 and Summer 1992 issues.
Relating to the National Child Labor Commitee:
- Trattner, Walter I. Crusade for the Children: A History of The National Child Labor Committee and Child Labor Reform in America. Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1970. [LC call number: HD6250.U3T7]
- Child Labor in the Carolinas. [A]ccount of
Investigations Made in the Cotton Mills of North and
South Carolina, by Rev. A. E. Seddon, A. H. Ulm and
Lewis W. Hine, Under the Direction of the Southern
Office of the National Child Labor Committee.
Originally published 1909. Electronic Edition. Academic
Affairs Library, UNC-CH, University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill.
- Lewis Wickes Hine. J. Paul Getty Trust - Explore Art Collections. Accessed Feb. 13, 2004. < http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artMakerDetails?maker=1601>
- Manning, Joe, Mornings on Maple Street - Lewis Hine Project. Accessed March 2, 2007. < http://morningsonmaplestreet.com/lewis-hine-project-index-of-stories/lewis-hine-project/ >
- National Child Labor Committee - NCLC Fact Sheet. KAPOW (Kids and the Power of Work). Accessed June 23, 2016. < http://www.kapow.org/nclc.htm>
- Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan:
Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor. National Archives and Records Administration, Digital Classroom. Accessed: March 2007. < http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/hine-photos/>
- Troncale, Anthony T. About Lewis Wickes Hine. New York Public Library Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs Photography Collection. Accessed: February 13, 2004. < http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/spe/art/photo/hinex/empire/biography.html>