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.

Key West guide book: an aid to the visitor--- fall and winter 1935-1936
Flood control camp, E. Barre, Vt., 1933
Italian Victorian House
Exhibition of work by teachers of the Art Teaching Division: Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration : July 20 to August 11, 1938 | Exhibition of work by art teachers on the Federal Art Project: July 20 to August 11, Federal Art Gallery, 225 West 57th Street
The  kangaroo and others too
Jackhammer Operator, Douglas Dam, Tennessee, June 1942
A Better Home
See America. Visit the National Parks
Elysian Fields
See America
Help Improve our Forests
The  ocean highway: New Brunswick, New Jersey to Jacksonville, Florida
Exhibition of book illustrations | South Side Community Art Center: book illustrations
Study for Cycle of a Woman's Life for the Women's House of Detention, Manhattan
The Wealth of the Nation