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.

Toy: church
Harmony and Achievement [For the Auditorium of the High School of Central Need Trades (now known as the High School of Fashion Industries), New York]
Company 211, Camp 51, C C C, Deposit, N.Y
Fish Woman
Five Thirty (study for print)
Toy: barn
Pennsylvania Industries
See America
See America. Visit the National Parks
Model: Beach Chalet staircase
C.C.C. Annual 1936: District no. 1, Third Corps Area : headquarters, New Cumberland, Pa