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.

Model: Beach Chalet staircase
Social Security
The  transient unemployed: a description and analysis of the transient relief population
Mural study for Polytechnical High School, Long Beach, CA.
Rock Quarry: study of a stone sander [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]
Wyoming narrative report, Works Progress Administration, November 21, 1936 to December 20, 1936
Study for Cycle of a Woman's Life for the Women's House of Detention, Manhattan
Pittsburgh At Night
WPA Marking Hammer
Rural Industries
Farm Work. Rural Electrification Administration
Oil Country
Mural Study
Modern Town House, San Francisco
Old Toys Reunion! Give a Toy Shower!