Louise Rosskam (1910-2003)
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Photographed by Louise Rosskam for the U.S. Office of War Information. Washington, D.C. May, 1943. Victory gardens in the Northwest section. 88 photographic prints.
Photographed by Edwin and Louise Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.
Small towns and countryside in Vermont. July, 1940. 46 photographic prints.
Selected prints by photojournalist Louise Rosskam and portraits of Rosskam taken by family and friends. 1935-1990. 20 photographic prints.
Louise Rosskam collection. 1990-2002. 15 photographic prints: color. Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2003:023. Photographs of the contents of Rosskam's kitchen.
The Making of a Mural. Handmade photobook presented by photographer-editor Edwin Rosskam and Louise Rosskam to his mother, shows preparation of giant photomontage in Grand Central Station, NY, at the beginning of World War II. Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 1996: 043
The Library of Congress has six LOTS containing up to 155 photographs the Rosskams produced for Standard Oil. The exhibition quality prints and original negatives are at the University of Louisville which owns the reproduction rights.
Edwin and Louise Rosskam, photographers. Operations of the Standard Oil Company refinery at Baton Rouge, La., Dec. 1943-Feb. 1944. 42 photographic prints.
Edwin and Louise Rosskam, photographers. Standard Oil Company operations in wheat fields near Susank and Pratt, Kansas, June 1944. 8 photographic prints.
Edwin and Louise Rosskam, photographers. Standard Oil Company operations in the Elk Basin oil fields, Wyoming, July 1944. 29 photographic prints.
Edwin and Louise Rosskam, photographers. Standard Oil Company operations at Cut Bank, Montana, Aug. 1944. 18 photographic prints.
Rosskam and others, photographers. Standard Oil Company's humble refinery at Baytown, Tex., largest in the United States, Jan.-Dec. 1944. 11 photographic prints.
At Other Institutions
Rosskam and others, photographers. Standard Oil Company products and their uses, 1944-1946. 47 photographic prints.
The University of Louisville maintains the Standard Oil (New Jersey) 500,000 item collection (19443-1951) that includes the work of Edwin and Louise Rosskam.
1965: Rosskam, Edwin and Louise. Interview at Archives of American Art, Aug. 3, 1965,
1979: Rosskam, Edwin and Louise. Transcript of an interview with Steve W. Plattner, March 31, 1979. Special Collections, Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville.
1996: Rosskam, Louise. Transcript of an interview by Beverly Brannan and Laura Katzman, May 28, 1996. Library of Congress, Center for the Book, New Deal Arts Project.
2000: Rosskam, Louise. Interview with Gary Saretzky, March 24, 2000. Monmouth County Library,
Selected Resources about Louise Rosskam
Fisher, Andrea. Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: Women Photographers for the U.S. Government, 1935-1944. New York: Pandora Press, 1987. Call Number: TR820.5.L48 1987
Graff, Nancy Price. Looking Back at Vermont: Farm Security Administration photographs, 1936-1942. Middlebury: Middlebury College Museum of Art; Hanover [N.H.]: Distributed by University Press of New England, 2002. Call Number: F54.G69 2002
Katzman, Laura, and Beverly W. Brannan. Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam. Washington, DC: American University Museum in association with Penn State University Press, 2011.
Lesy, Michael. Long Time Coming: A Portrait of America, 1935-1943. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002. Call Number: E169.L597 2002 FSA
Mora, Gilles, and Beverly W. Brannan, eds. FSA: The American Vision. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2006. Call Number: TR820.5.B736 2006 P&P Ref FSA
Munoz Marin, Luis. Memorias Autobiografia Publica, 1898-1940, vol. 1. Puerto Rico: Universidad Interamericana, 1982.
Murphy, Mary. Hope in Hard Times: New Deal photographs of Montana, 1936-1942. Helena, Mont.: Montana Historical Society Press, 2003.
Nazarov, Amy Rogers. "A Life in Photography: Louise Rosskam and the Documentary Tradition," Photo Review. 28: 2, (2007), 8-12.
Plattner, Steven W. Roy Stryker, U.S.A., 1943-1950: The Standard Oil (New Jersey) Photography Project. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1983. TR820.5.P57 1983 FSA
Saretzky, Gary D. "Bliss on the Old Miss: The Rosskams and Towboat River." The Photo Review. 24: 1 and 24: 2 (Winter/Spring 2001) 6-16, 33-34.
---. "New Jersey in Transition: Louise Rosskam's Barn Photographs," New Jersey History 121: 1-4 (2003), 83-87.
---. "She Worked Her Head Off: Edwin and Louise Rosskam and the Golden Age of Documentary Photography Books." The Photo Review. 2: 3 (Summer 2000), 2-10; 51.
--- and Beverly W. Brannan, "In Passing," The Photograph Collector, 24: 6 (June 15, 2003), 11-12.
Schulz, Constance B., ed. Boom to Bust: Documentary Photographs of Kansas, 1936-1949. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, 1996. Call Number: F682.B87 1996 P&P Ref FSA
About Edwin and Louise Rosskam
Muse, Orene. "They Are Here Again--That Rosskam Photographic Team." Baton Rouge State-Times, July 13, 1945.
Weaver, Polly. "Two Montana Farmers." Mademoiselle 14 (March 1945): 153-55.
Articles that Feature Rosskam's Photographs
American Magazine issues with Louise's photos in "Interesting People" feature:
Other articles in The American Magazine illustrated with photographs by Louise Rosskam
- "Bottles Are His Messenger Buoys," vol. 134 (December 1942): 92.
- "Millions for Dinner," vol. 136 (July 1943): 112.
- "Boss of Your Dinner Table," vol. 136 (August 1943): 109.
- "One Flag for 32 Nations," vol. 136 (August 1943): 110.
- "Guns for the Underground," vol. 136 (September 1943): 124.
- "Godfather to 7,500,000 Yanks," vol. 136 (November 1943): 121.
Don Eddy, "Who Came Back," vol. 136 (November 1943): 44-45, 133: 135-36.
Chaplain William C. Taggart, "Your Prayers Are Answered," vol. 136 (July 1943): 17; 86-87; 90.
Resources by Edwin and Louise Rosskam
Rosskam, Edwin. "Camera Tales of the Town." The Philadelphia Record. Selections from December 1936 to September 1937.
- "Crossing the Delaware." December 27, 1936, 18 (A).
- "Rehearsal" [Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra]. March 7, 1937.
- "Luncheon at the Zoo." March 28, 1937, 12 (Pix).
- "Campus Stroll." April 4, 1937, 12 (Pix).
- "The [2d Battalion of the] 111th [Pennsylvania National Guard.]" April 18, 1937.
- "The Art Museum." April 25, 1937.
- [Backstage at the Chestnut Street Opera House]. May 9, 1937.
- "Lime." July 18, 1937, 8 (Pix).
- "Curtain!" September 12, 1937.
Rosskam, Edwin. Washington Nerve Center. New York and Toronto: Alliance Book Corporation, 1939. (Co-edited by Ruby Black, with an introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt.)
Rosskam, Edwin, with an introduction by William Saroyan. San Francisco: West Coast Metropolis. New York: Alliance Book, 1939.
Rosskam, Edwin, and Louise. Towboat River. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1948.