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.

Rock Quarry: study of a worker with a pneumatic drill [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]
Wash Day. Rural Electrification Administration
Camp Osborne, Company 250, C.C.C., Sempronius, N.Y
Self-Portrait with Skis
See America. Welcome to Montana
Old Toys Reunion! Give a Toy Shower!
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]
Jersey Relief Project
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Place name stories
One hundred watercolors: an exhibition | New York City WPA art project
Oil Country
Pict orial review: Civilian Conservation Corps : Northern District : Company 1399, Camp Pocono : Greentown, Pennsylvania