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.

Flood control camp, E. Barre, Vt., 1933
Model: Beach Chalet staircase
Alaska
Toy: church
The  builders of Timberline Lodge
Rock Quarry, for the Westerly, Rhode Island Post Office [mural never installed]
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Place name stories
Toy: barn
Dedication by Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt: South Side Community Art Center, May 7, 1941
Rock Quarry: study of a stone sander [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]
Technique of the silk screen process
West Buttress, Grand Coulee Dam Construction
See America
Jersey Relief Project
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Historical legends