"Roy Stryker, founder of the Farm Security Administration’s photography project, was determined to compile a visual encyclopedia of the United States in the 1930s and ’40s and preserve it for future generations.
So, while photographers like Dorothea Lange, Walker
Evans and Russell Lee crisscrossed the country, Mr. Stryker was sending
boxes of prints to Ramona Javitz, the director of the New York Public
Library Picture Collection, to make sure there was a repository other
than the National Archives."