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.

Model: Beach Chalet staircase
Farm Work. Rural Electrification Administration
The  ocean highway: New Brunswick, New Jersey to Jacksonville, Florida
Mural study for Polytechnical High School, Long Beach, CA.
Figurine: Beauty and the Beast
Wyoming narrative report, Works Progress Administration, November 21, 1936 to December 20, 1936
See America
Report on progress of the Works Program: October 15, 1936
Automobile and trailer
An  exhibition of ceramics from the Illinois Art and Craft Project and Patrocino Barela, wood sculpture, New Mexico Art Project: January 9th to 31st 1942, Southside Community Art Center, 3831 Michigan Ave | Ceramics: wood sculpture from New Mexico Art Project, Jan. 9 to 31, 1942
Puerto Rico: a guide to the island of Boriquén