Lewis Hine Photographs
Lewis Hine (1874-1940) documented child labor in the United States for the National Child Labor Committee from 1908 to 1924. Some of his photographs show Salem children at various jobs, including the shoe factories and mills so prevalent in town then.
In the fall of 1911, Hine was in New England and documented children from the ages of 14-16 and possibly younger, in the industrial workplaces in Boston, Lowell, New Bedford, Lawrence and Salem. The members of the NCLC began a successful campaign to end child labor and his photographs were used as a powerful documentation of these offences. The photographs can be found in the Library of Congress website. Click on the links below to view a sampling.
- Group of girls working in Cass & Daly Shoe Factory on Goodhue Street Library of Congress. Lewis Hine photo, Salem, 1911
- Some of the smallest boys in Cass & Daley Shoe Co. Library of Congress. Lewis Hine photo, Salem, 1911
- Rene Barbin, 61 Perkins St., works in lower spinning room Library of Congress. Lewis Hine photo, Salem 1911
- Group. Smallest boy is Stanislaus Beauvais Library of Congress. Lewis Hine photos, Salem 1911
- Henry Fourner [i.e. Fournier(?) Library of Congress. Lewis Hine photos, Salem 1911