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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Milwaukee junior high school block prints: selected by the Milwaukee Printmakers in a competition carried on in the public schools of Milwaukee
Oils, watercolors, prints & sculpture by artist-teachers of the New York Federal Art Project: Federal Works Agency, August 1-August 23 | Exhibition: oils, watercolors, prints & sculpture by artist teachers of the Art Teachers Division, Federal Art Gallery, Works Projects Administration, Federal Art Project, August 1st to August 23, 1929
Rock Quarry: study of artist as surveyor [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]
District Annual 1937: Fort Brady CCC District
Solidaritat basco catalana | Solidarity between Basques and Catalans
Model of a printing press
Exhibition of Work by Art Teachers of the Federal Art Project
Orchard Street
Strengthen good neighbor policy- Understanding our Southern Neighbors
Pittsburgh At Night