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.

Frontiers of American art: Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project
Old Toys Reunion! Give a Toy Shower!
Toy: fir trees
Oil Country
Rural Industries
Jackhammer Operator, Douglas Dam, Tennessee, June 1942
See America. Visit the National Parks
Sheet Aluminum
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Children's singing games
Milwaukee junior high school block prints: selected by the Milwaukee Printmakers in a competition carried on in the public schools of Milwaukee
NRA code: motor vehicle maintenance trade