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National Child Labor Committee Photographs, 1908-1923: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Vis 5
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: National Child Labor Committee
Title: National Child Labor Committee Photographs
Date(s): 1908-1923
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The collection includes black and white gelatin silver print photographs, the majority taken by Lewis Hine, for the National Child Labor Committee, 1908-1923.


Purchase 2005

Processing Information:

Processed: May 2011
By: Benjamin Johnson

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: National Child Labor Committee Photographs. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Related Materials

The Library of Congress holds a large collection of National Child Labor Committee photographs. See The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Department for more information.

Historical Note:

The National Child Labor Committee was formed after a conference held in New York between Edgar Gardner Murphy's Alabama Child Labor Committee and the New York Child Labor Committee in 1904. The non-profit organization was a leading proponent for the national child labor reform movement and sought ways to remedy the situation that saw 1 in 6 children working in factories at the turn of the 20th century. The NCLC hired New York City based sociology professor Lewis Hine in 1908 to photograph the working and living conditions of young children. Hine's photographs provided the American public with a sobering view of working conditions in factories and mills and living conditions of children. Many of Hine's photographs were published nationally, which attracted attention and initiated reform movements and national legislation.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection of National Child Labor Committee photographs contains twenty black and white gelatin silver print photographs of workplace and living environments during the beginning of the twentieth century. The photographs were taken in Massachusetts, South Carolina, West Virginia, and New York between 1908 and 1923. Hine's images captured children at work in glass factories, textile mills, canneries, and outside the workplace. Each photograph has a number on the back, which was given by Hine.

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