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.

Study for Cycle of a Woman's Life for the Women's House of Detention, Manhattan
[Chow at table 13] / Kessler
See America
Exhibition Drawings From Index of American Design
Steel Industry, United States Post Office, Hubbard, Ohio
Elysian Fields
Five Thirty
Seeing St. Augustine
See America. Welcome to Montana
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Children's singing games
The  Roosevelt record: a New Deal in facts
Norris Dam
Federal sponsored community art centers