Dust Bowl Migration Archive


Photograph taken by Farm Security Administration at Tulare Migrant Camp, Visalia, California (March 1940).

Sonoma State University
University Library, Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center
Migrant agricultural workers ; Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939 ; Haslam, Gerald ; Todd, Charles L. ; Kinkead, David ; Dust Bowl migration ; Migrant labor ; Migrant agricultural laborers ; Labor camps ; Dust storms – History – 20th century ; Depressions – 1929 ; Droughts – History – 20th century ; Migration, Internal – California – History – 20th century ; Migration, Internal – Oklahoma – History – 20th century.
Concerned that the history of the migration of 350,000 Okies to California would be lost, Gerald Haslam, Professor of English, established the Okie Studies Project. Included are examples of the work of Charles L. Todd, a librarian in the U.S. National Archives, who collected camp songs to add to the folk music collection of the National Archives. The name of the collection was changed to the Dust Bowl Migration Archive in January, 2008. A subset of the collection was added in 2016 with the donation of the David Kinkead materials, donated by Kinkead’s daughter, B.J. Blanchard. These materials include correspondence, newspaper clippings, government documents, and a personal journal.
Dates covered:
1938 - 1981
Collection Size:
6 linear feet
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Collection policy:
By appointment