A Guide to the African-American Tenant Farmer Photographs, Clarksville, Virginia, c.1920-1930 African-American Tenant Farmer Photographs, Clarksville, Virginia Ms2009-110

A Guide to the African-American Tenant Farmer Photographs, Clarksville, Virginia, c.1920-1930

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2009-110


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2009 (CC0 1.0)

Processed by: Lora Settle, Student Assistant Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2009-110
Title
African-American Tenant Farmer Photographs, Clarksville, Virginia, c.1920-1930
Physical Characteristics
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
DIGITAL CONTENT
This collection has been digitized and is available online.
Abstract
This collection contains six black and white photographs of a tenant farm in Clarksville, Virginia.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the African-American Tenant Farmer Photographs, Clarksville, Virginia, must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Alternate Form Available

This collection has been digitized and is available online.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: African-American Tenant Farmer Photographs, Clarksville, Virginia, Ms2009-110, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The African-American Tenant Farmer Photographs, Clarksville, Virginia, were purchased by Special Collections in 2009.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the African-American Tenant Farmer Photographs, Clarksville, Virginia, commenced and was completed in August 2009.


Historical Information

Tenant farming was common after the abolition of slavery. Agriculture in many parts of the United States had been built upon the work of enslaved people. Once enslaving people was no longer legal, landowners had to find another method to farm their land. At the same time, former enslaved people needed homes and jobs. Tenant farming was the solution chosen by many landowners and former enslaved people. A landowner would rent a portion of their land to a tenant for a price that was, many times, half of the crop or a significant amount of money. Farming was unpredictable and this type of arrangement often proved problematic for tenant farmers if their crops failed.

Scope and Content

These photographs depict the conditions of a tenant farmer known as Aaron working a piece of land on the John T. Lewis, Jr., estate in Clarksville, Virginia. These photographs, taken around 1930, show the conditions in which tenant farmers lived and worked during the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to improve the conditions of farmers around the country with his New Deal legislation, making parity payments to landowners who were then expected to share these payments with their tenants; however, some of these landowners took the opportunity to keep the money for themselves. By the late 1930s, nearly forty per cent of all farmers were tenant farmers.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Index Terms:

    Subjects:

  • Farm tenancy -- Virginia
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Sharecropping -- Virginia

Contents List

This collection has been digitized and is available online.

Folder 1
Photographs, c.1920-1930