WPA and New Deal America

Collection Description

In 1933 President Franklin Roosevelt initiated a number of programs to pull the United States out of the Great Depression and reform the country’s economic system. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs touched many aspects of American society, including the arts. The Wolfsonian’s collection contains prints, posters, ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and illustrated books produced by artists working for the Federal Arts Project as well as a great variety of materials intended to persuade the public to embrace such New Deal initiatives as the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Rural Electrification Administration, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Also in the collection are dozens of studies for murals, which were submitted to competitions organized by the Treasury Department for the decoration of federal buildings such as post offices.

Solidaritat basco catalana | Solidarity between Basques and Catalans
A  New Deal for letter carriers
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Children's games
Exhibition of Work by Art Teachers of the Federal Art Project
Toy: schoolhouse
Elysian Fields
Pittsburgh At Night
Boys of the Barracks No. 3, CCC Camp, Bethel, Vt
Model of a printing press
Symbols and Instruments relating to the Army Sixth Corps; Post Office, Chicago, Illinois
Toy: barn
Help! Wildlife Plant Trees, Shrubs and Vines
Mural Study for Polytechnical High School, Long Beach, CA
Pennsylvania Industries
Fish Woman