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.

See America. Welcome to Montana
Government sponsored art for public buildings: facts about the allocation procedure of the New York City WPA Art Project
Five Thirty (study for print)
Harmony and Achievement [For the Auditorium of the High School of Central Need Trades (now known as the High School of Fashion Industries), New York]
Report on progress of the Works Program: October 15, 1936
Pioneer Man
Help! Wildlife Plant Trees, Shrubs and Vines
The  NRA: "National Retrogression Act" : a "New Deal" for the workers, or the same old ordeal of exploitation and poverty?
Model of a printing press
Farmer Boy
Superior Wisconsin in woodblock
West Buttress, Grand Coulee Dam Construction
Circus Girl
See America. Visit the National Parks