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.

Oils, watercolors, prints & sculpture by artist-teachers of the New York Federal Art Project: Federal Works Agency, August 1-August 23 | Exhibition: oils, watercolors, prints & sculpture by artist teachers of the Art Teachers Division, Federal Art Gallery, Works Projects Administration, Federal Art Project, August 1st to August 23, 1929
Rock Quarry: study of a stone sander [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]
The  kangaroo and others too
Radio. Rural Electrification Administration
Wyoming narrative report, Works Progress Administration, November 21, 1936 to December 20, 1936
Camp Osborne, Company 250, C.C.C., Sempronius, N.Y
The  ocean highway: New Brunswick, New Jersey to Jacksonville, Florida
WPA Library Project
Mural Study
Mural study for Post Office, New Rochelle, New York
The  NRA: "National Retrogression Act" : a "New Deal" for the workers, or the same old ordeal of exploitation and poverty?
Strengthen good neighbor policy- Understanding our Southern Neighbors