Russell Lee Photos

African American Life on the Waco Square, November 1939

In November 1939, photographer Russell Lee visited Waco and took photographs of people and places for the Farm Security Administration. The photos and others like them from around the nation documented the ordinary lives of people during and after the Great Depression. The photographs are available online from the Library of Congress collection titled “America from the Great Depression to World War II: Black-and-White Photographs from the FSA-OWI 1935-1945.”

To navigate to items in this collection, use the following directions:

1. Go to
2. Click on “Search Keywords for Black-and-White Photos.”
3. Enter “Waco” as your keyword.
4. A list of photographs by title will result from your search. Click on the titles of the photographs that are returned in the search.
5. Each photograph has a page with descriptive information. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view.