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.

Farmer Boy
Rock Quarry, for the Westerly, Rhode Island Post Office [mural never installed]
Decorative Maps of the Sixth Corps Area; Post Office, Chicago, Illinois
Italian Victorian House
Jersey Relief Project
Superior Wisconsin in woodblock
Marionette Theatre presents RUR
Circus Girl
Model of a printing press
The  NRA: "National Retrogression Act" : a "New Deal" for the workers, or the same old ordeal of exploitation and poverty?
Farming hazards in the drought area
Decorative Maps of the Sixth Corps Area; Post Office, Chicago, Illinois
NRA member, U.S: we do our part : Virginia Shoe Company, manufacturers Chief-Tan and Tri-Tan Shoes
CCC camp, E. Barre, Vt., #50