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.

The  Living Newspaper
Study for "Stonecutter" mural for Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon
Farmer Boy
Rock Quarry: study of a stone driller [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]
Exhibition of book illustrations | South Side Community Art Center: book illustrations
CCC camp, E. Barre, Vt., #50
The  builders of Timberline Lodge
Milwaukee junior high school block prints: selected by the Milwaukee Printmakers in a competition carried on in the public schools of Milwaukee
Tale nted CCC youth depicts life at camp
Modern Town House, San Francisco
Rock Quarry: study of a worker lifting heavy rock [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]
A Better Home
Hockey Player
Study for Cycle of a Woman's Life for the Women's House of Detention, Manhattan
West Buttress, Grand Coulee Dam Construction