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Books by Jacob Riis

  • Riis, Jacob A. The Children of the Poor. (1st edition, 1892) New York: Garrett Press, 1970.
  • _______________. How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York. (1st edition, 1890) New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1971.
  • _______________. The Making of an American. (1st edition, 1901) New York: The Macmillan Company, 1970.
  • _______________. Jacob Riis Revisited, Poverty and the Slum in Another Era, ed. with intro by Francesco Cordasco. Garden City, New York: Anchor Books (Doubleday), 1968.

Books about Jacob Riis

  • Alland, Sr., Alexander. Jacob A. Riis: Photographer & Citizen. New York: Aperture, 1973
  • Buk-Swienty, Tom. The Other Half: The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008.
  • Fried, Lewis and John Fierst. JacobA. Riis: A Reference Guide. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1977.
  • Lane, James B. Jacob A. Riis and the American City. Port Washington, NY: National University Publications, Kennikat Press, 1974.
  • Yochelson, Bonnie. Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half: A Complete Catalogue of His Photographs. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014.
  • Yochelson, Bonnie and Daniel Czitrom. Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn-of-the-Century New York. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2014.

For Younger Readers

  • Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Kids On Strike. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999 (reprint 2003).
  • Hopkinson, Deborah. Shutting out the Sky, Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924. New York: Orchard Books, An imprint of Scholastic, Inc., 2003.
  • Marrin, Albert. Flesh & Blood So Cheap. New York: Random House Children’s Books, 2011.
  • Meyer, Edith Patterson. “Not Charity, but Justice:" The Story of JacobA.Riis. New York: Vanguard Press, 1974.
  • Napoli, Donna Jo. The King of Mulberry Street. New York: Random House Children’s Books, 2005.
  • Pascal, Janet B. Jacob Riis, Reporter and Reformer. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 
  • Winthrop, Elizabeth. Counting on Grace. New York: Yearling, An imprint of Random House Books for Young Readers, 2007.

Companion Volume

Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half is the first comprehensivestudy and complete catalogue ofJacob Riis’s photographs and isthe culmination of more than twodecades of research on Riis byphotographic historian BonnieYochelson; published by YaleUniversity Press in association with the Museum of the City of New York and the Library of Congress. The book is supported by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Resources Outside the Library

Jacob Riis: Revealing “How the Other Half Lives” is a co-presentation of the Library of Congress and the Museum of the City of New York.