Title:Mary A. Sears collection of photographs pertaining to the Agricultural Workers Health and Medical Association in California
Creator/Contributor:Sears, Mary A., creator
Creator/Contributor:Rothstein, Arthur, 1915-1985
Creator/Contributor:Lee, Russell, 1903-1986
Creator/Contributor:Wilson, Monte, photographer
Creator/Contributor:United States, Farm Security Administration.
Photographs depict efforts of the Agricultural Workers Health and Medical Association in California, including health care
facilities, medical staff, and patients. Many images document conditions at migratory labor camps at such California locations
as Brawley, Porterville, Indio, Marysville, Shafter, Woodville, Visalia, as well as Yuma, Arizona and locations in other states.
Also includes personal snapshots pertaining to Mary A. Sears' tenure as a nurse for the AWHMA. Includes two World War II-era
letters to Sears from her friend Yoshi, a Japanese-American nurse, in part describing Yoshi's experiences as an internee in
a relocation camp. Most photographs (folders 2-14) are loosely grouped and arranged to correspond with the narrative of Sears'
memoir (folder 1). The memoir includes references to Tom Collins, to whom John Steinbeck dedicated a portion of Grapes of
wrath. Two snapshots of Collins are present (folder 3).
Subject:n-us-az -- n-us-ca
Sears, Mary A -- Pictorial works
Collins, Tom -- 1897- -- Portraits
Agricultural Workers Health and Medical Association -- Pictorial works
United States. -- Farm Security Administration. -- Agricultural Workers Health and Medical Association -- Pictorial works
Brawley Migratory Labor Camp -- Pictorial works
Porterville Migratory Labor Camp -- Pictorial works
Indio Migratory Labor Camp -- Pictorial works
Marysville Migratory Labor Camp -- Pictorial works
Visalia Migratory Labor Camp -- Pictorial works
Yuma Migratory Labor Camp -- Pictorial works
Nurses -- California -- Photographs
Depressions -- 1929 -- United States -- Photographs
Medical care -- California -- Photographs
Labor camps -- California -- Photographs
Migrant labor -- California -- Photographs
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Collected by Mary A. Sears. Many photographs bear her name in ms on versos.
Many photographs bear captions and/or stamps of Farm Security Administration. FSA photographers represented in collection
include Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, Russell Lee, Click Relander, Ernest Albee and Monte Wilson.
Many photographers unknown.
Title and date supplied by cataloger.
Accompanied by typescript memoir of Sears' tenure in the AWHMA, 1938-1944.
Mary A. Sears was a registered nurse with the Agricultural Workers Health and Medical Association in California, a joint project
of the Farm Securty Administration, the California Medical Association and the California Public Health Service. The AWHMA
was established to provide access to medical care for migratory workers during the Great Depression.
1 box (ca. 315 photographic prints) : b&w ; various sizes + 50 p. typescript memoir.
BANC PIC 1988.027--PIC