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.

Power on the Farm
Model: Beach Chalet staircase
NRA Member. U.S. We Do Our Part
Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Pioneer dance calls
Civilian Conservation Corps: Barracks Co. 249 Red House, NY
NRA code: motor vehicle maintenance trade
Report on progress of the Works Program: October 15, 1936
The  Idaho encyclopedia
Norris Dam
Starting Tuesday evening, October 26, 1937, The Federal Theatre presents the first Chicago performance of Eugene O'Neill's The Straw, directed by Harry Minturn | Federal Theatre: The Blackstone
Decorative Maps of the Sixth Corps Area; Post Office, Chicago, Illinois