Line Up at Social Security in Early Days of the Program, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, 1937

Dorothea Lange

Film negative

Gift of Paul S. Taylor

4 in x 5 in


© The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California.

The Unemployment Benefits Act begins, coincident with the announcement that the Federal Unemployment Census showed close to 10 million persons out of work. — Dorothea Lange Field Notes
Alternate Title and/or Date
During her lifetime Lange’s photographs appeared in a variety of exhibitions and publications, sometimes years after they were taken. This often resulted in multiple titles for the same image.
San Francisco Social Security Office