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.

Army Memorial
NRA code: motor vehicle maintenance trade
Key West guide book: an aid to the visitor--- fall and winter 1935-1936
Strengthen good neighbor policy- Understanding our Southern Neighbors
Federal sponsored community art centers
Wash Day. Rural Electrification Administration
Union Meeting
Boys of the Barracks No. 3, CCC Camp, Bethel, Vt
Puerto Rico: a guide to the island of Boriquén
The  young worker: official organ, Young Communist League, U.S.A
Model of a printing press
Oregon Fantasy
Old Toys Reunion! Give a Toy Shower!
Frontiers of American art: Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project