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.

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Agriculture
Farmer Boy
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Pioneer dance calls
NRA member, U.S: we do our part : Virginia Shoe Company, manufacturers Chief-Tan and Tri-Tan Shoes
Union Meeting
The  builders of Timberline Lodge
Civilian Conservation Corps: Barracks Co. 249 Red House, NY
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Place name stories
An  exhibition of ceramics from the Illinois Art and Craft Project and Patrocino Barela, wood sculpture, New Mexico Art Project: January 9th to 31st 1942, Southside Community Art Center, 3831 Michigan Ave | Ceramics: wood sculpture from New Mexico Art Project, Jan. 9 to 31, 1942
Manual Labor, Clerical Labor and Delivery, U.S. Post Office, Somerville, Massachusettes
Tale nted CCC youth depicts life at camp
Italian Victorian House
Mural study for Post Office, New Rochelle, New York
Washington Bonus March