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.

Solidaritat basco catalana | Solidarity between Basques and Catalans
Exhibition Drawings From Index of American Design
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Children's games
WPA and the negro
See America
[Chow at table 13] / Kessler
Orchard Street
Power on the Farm
Model: Beach Chalet staircase
Mural study for Post Office, New Rochelle, New York
Pict orial review: Civilian Conservation Corps : Northern District : Company 1399, Camp Pocono : Greentown, Pennsylvania
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
See America, Welcome to Montana