August 19, 2005 Press Invited to Preview Library Exhibition of Early Color Photographs on Sept. 1 and 2

“Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1939-1943” to Open Sept. 8

Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
Contact: View the exhibition online.

A preview of “Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1939-1943,” the first major exhibition of the little-known color images taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (FSA/OWI).

Press will have an opportunity to interview Jeremy Adamson, chief of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division; Beverly Brannan, curator of documentary photography; and Paul Hendrickson, author of the introduction to the companion book “Bound for Glory,” published by the Library of Congress in collaboration with art book publisher Harry N. Abrams Inc.

Sept. 1 and 2, by appointment. Contact 202-707-0022 or

South Gallery of the Great Hall of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

A new Library of Congress exhibition titled “Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1939-1943,” opens to the public on Sept 8 and will be on view through Nov. 26. The exhibition, which features 70 digital prints made from color transparencies taken between 1939 and 1943, provides an unusual record of a period in American history previously seen only in black and white. These vivid full-color portraits—taken by famed photographers such as John Vachon, Jack Delano, Russell Lee and Marion Post Wolcott—capture the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small-town populations, the nation’s tireless efforts to overcome economic challenges and its patriotic response to mobilization for World War II. The exhibition will be accessible on the Library’s Web site at


PR 05-176
ISSN 0731-3527