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.

An  exhibition of graphic arts
Wyoming narrative report, Works Progress Administration, September 21, 1936 to October 20, 1936
Souvenir: [blank] 19 [blank] : This is to certify that on this date I rode in a Ford Tri-Motored plane. Pilot [signed]
WPA and the negro
Model: Beach Chalet staircase
Radio. Rural Electrification Administration
Milwaukee senior high school block prints: selected by the Milwaukee Printmakers in a competition carried on in the public schools of Milwaukee | Milwaukee high school block prints
Report of Albert Park, chief engineer, Wyoming Emergency Relief Administration, on Wyoming work relief activities, August 7, 1935 | Wyoming Relief Administration, work relief activities, April 1, 1934 to July 1, 1935
Man with Book
C.C.C. Annual 1936: District no. 1, Third Corps Area : headquarters, New Cumberland, Pa
NRA Member. U.S. We Do Our Part
Pennsylvania Industries
Milwaukee junior high school block prints : selected by the Milwaukee Printmakers in a competition carried on in the public schools of Milwaukee