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.

Decorative Maps of the Sixth Corps Area, Post Office, Chicago, Illinois
Government sponsored art for public buildings: facts about the allocation procedure of the New York City WPA Art Project
U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
See America
Uptown [sketch for lithograph]
A  New Deal for letter carriers
Model: Beach Chalet staircase
[CCC 103, Plymouth (Massachusetts), burning signs for the forest roads]
Puerto Rico: a guide to the island of Boriquén
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
Orchard Street
Self-Portrait with Skis
Sioux Indian Family
Toy: barn