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.

Steel Industry, United States Post Office, Hubbard, Ohio
Jersey Relief Project
CCC camp, E. Barre, Vt., #50
Oil Country
The  NRA: "National Retrogression Act" : a "New Deal" for the workers, or the same old ordeal of exploitation and poverty?
Scenes of American Life
Toy: church
Model of a printing press
Tale nted CCC youth depicts life at camp
Exhibition of Work by Art Teachers of the Federal Art Project
Pict orial review: Civilian Conservation Corps : Northern District : Company 1399, Camp Pocono : Greentown, Pennsylvania
WPA and the negro
Union Meeting
Peasant Children