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.

See America
Toy: house
Union Meeting
WPA and the negro
CCC camp, E. Barre, Vt., #50
A Raising in Early New Jersey, U.S. Post Office, Washington, New Jersey
Model of a printing press
Elysian Fields
A Better Home
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Children's games
Rural Industries
WPA Library Project
Seeing St. Augustine