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.

Wyoming narrative report, Works Progress Administration, September 21, 1936 to October 20, 1936
West Buttress, Grand Coulee Dam Construction
Wash Day. Rural Electrification Administration
Spirit of Democracy, For the Hall of Legislation, US Government Building, 1939 NY World's Fair (unrealized)
Toy: fir trees
Modern Town House, San Francisco
Milwaukee junior high school block prints: selected by the Milwaukee Printmakers in a competition carried on in the public schools of Milwaukee
U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tale nted CCC youth depicts life at camp
Technique of the silk screen process
Rock Quarry: study of a stone sander [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]
Washington Bonus March
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Children's games