It was the largest photo project ever sponsored by the federal government.

From 1935 to 1945, the Farm Security Administration's Office of War Information sent photographers around the U.S. to document life in America.

The project grew over time to 170,000 photographs. And years later, many were digitized. The collection is now hosted on the Photogrammer website at Yale University.

Included are 653 photos of Lancaster County depicting daily life in Lancaster, Lititz, Farmersville, Maytown, Churchtown, Blue Ball, Hinkletown, Ephrata, Intercourse and other areas.

To explore photos from other parts of the United States, use this digital map.