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Esther Bubley (1921-1998)

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Resources in the Prints and Photographs Division

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection

About 2,060 captioned photographs, ca. 1943. (Note: Some "Untitled" photographs may also have been taken by Bubley.)
[retrieve images in Prints & Photographs Online Catalog]

LOTs 11755-11771

Selected images from Standard Oil (New Jersey) photographic projects, ca. 1943-1945, including work by Bubley on oil industry operations in:
  • New Jersey (LOT 11755)
  • North Carolina (LOT 11759)
  • Mississippi (11762)
  • Texas (LOT 11770)
  • various rural and urban locations (LOT 11771).

LOT 13350
Twenty-five photographic prints and related printed matter. Moroccan women, children, and health care workers. 1953 and 1954.
[retrieve catalog record in Prints & Photographs Online Catalog]

Resources in Other Institutions

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Esther Bubley photographs made in Pittsburgh.

National Archives and Records Administration
Still Picture unit
College Park, MD

Photographs Relating to the Activities of the Children's Bureau (RG 102), including images made by Bubley in schools and clinics in the United States, especially New York and New Jersey, ca. 1940s-1960s.

University of Louisville
William F. Ekstrom Library
Special Collections: Photographic Archives
Louisville, KY

Esther Bubley's photographs for Standard Oil (New Jersey) and related materials.


Works About Bubley

Davol, Leslie T. "Shifting Mores: Esther Bubley’s World War II Boarding House Photographs," Washington History 10:2 (Fall/Winter 1998-99): 44-62.

Dieckmann, Katherine. "A Nation of Zombies,"Art in America (November 1989): 55-61.

Ellis, Jacqueline. Silent Witnesses: Representations of Working-Class Women in the United States. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Press, 1998. [catalog record] [catalog record]

Fisher, Andrea. Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: Women Photographers for the U.S. Government, 1935-1944: Esther Bubley, Marjory Collins, Pauline Ehrlich, Dorothea Lange, Martha McMillan Roberts, Marion Post Wolcott, Ann Rosener, Louise Rosskam. New York: Pandora Press, 1987. [catalog record]

Fleischhauer, Carl and Beverly W. Brannan. Documenting America: 1935-1943. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. [catalog record]

Gee, Helen. Limelight: a Greenwich Village Photography Gallery and Coffeehouse in the Fifties : a Memoir . Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997. [catalog record]

Keller, Ulrich. Highway as Habitat: A Roy Stryker Documentation. Santa Barbara: University Art Museum, 1986. [catalog record]

Lemann, Nicholas. Out of the Forties. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985. [catalog record]

----. "Esther Bubley’s America" American Heritage Magazine. 52 (May 2001): 66-72.

McEuen, Melissa. "Exposing Anger and Discontent: Esther Bubley's Portrait of the Upper South During World War II." In Searching For Their Places: Women in the South Across Four Centuries, edited by Thomas H. Appleton, Jr. and Angela Boswell, 238-60. Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 2003. [catalog record]

Morris, John G. Get the Picture. New York: Random House, 1998. [catalog record]

Plattner, Steven W. Roy Stryker U.S.A., 1943-1950: The Standard Oil Photography Project. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1983. [catalog record]

Rabinowitz, Paula. Black & White & Noir: America's Pulp Modernism. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. [catalog record]

Silverman, Roselyn, Letter to the Editor, Washingtonian (January 1000): 16.

Steichen, Edward, "The F.S.A. Photographers." In U.S. Camera Annual 1939, edited by T.J. Maloney, 44-63. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1938.

Thomas, Clarke M., Constance B. Schulz and Steven W. Plattner. Witness to the fifties: the Pittsburgh Photographic Library, 1950-1953. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999. [catalog record]

Web sites

Esther Bubley, Photojournalist.

Women Come to the Front (online exhibition): //

Works That Feature Bubley's Photographs

Bubley, Esther. Esther Bubley's World of Children in Photographs. New York: Dover Publications, 1981. [catalog record]

Knauth, Percy. A Mysterious Presence: Macrophotography of Plants. Photos by Esther Bubley.
New York: Workman Publishing, 1979. [catalog record]

Lewis, Lloyd and Stanley Pargellis. Granger Country: A Pictorial Social History of the Burlington Railroad. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1949. [catalog record]

McGovern, Ann. Zoo pals: big cats, great apes; a look at zoo life. New York, Published for Scholastic Book Service by Ridge Press, 1960. [catalog record]

O'Neal, Hank. Charlie Parker. Paris, France: Filipacchi, 1995. (Printed in French only)

Reed, Henry Hope. Rockefeller, New York: A Tour. Photographs by Esther Bubley. New York: Greensward Foundation, 1988. [catalog record]

Selsam, Millicent Ellis. How Kittens Grow. Photos. By Esther Bubley. New York: Four Winds Press, 1975. [catalog record]

-----. How Puppies Grow. Photos. By Esther Bubley. New York: Four Winds Press, 1971. [catalog record]

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