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.

Norris Dam
Uptown [sketch for lithograph]
Rural migration in the United States
Seeing St. Augustine
Farm Work. Rural Electrification Administration
Key West guide book: an aid to the visitor--- fall and winter 1935-1936
U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Decorative Maps of the Sixth Corps Area; Post Office, Chicago, Illinois
The  Living Newspaper
Civilian Conservation Corps: Barracks Co. 249 Red House, NY
Rock Quarry: study of a worker lifting heavy rock [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]