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.

Mural study for Post Office, New Rochelle, New York
Five Thirty (study for print)
Washington Hunger March (December 1932)
Modern Country House Northern United States
[CCC 103, Plymouth (Massachusetts), burning signs for the forest roads]
Federal sponsored community art centers
Wyoming narrative report, Works Progress Administration, November 21, 1936 to December 20, 1936
Modern Town House, San Francisco
Figurine: Beauty and the Beast
The  kangaroo and others too
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Place name stories
An  exhibition of graphic arts