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.

Untitled [Diego Rivera]
The  kangaroo and others too
CCC camp, E. Barre, Vt., #50
Flood control camp, E. Barre, Vt., 1933
Decorative Maps of the Sixth Corps Area; Post Office, Chicago, Illinois
Automobile and trailer
Miners
Old Toys Reunion! Give a Toy Shower!
Rock Quarry: study of a stone sander [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]
Boys of the Barracks No. 3, CCC Camp, Bethel, Vt
Orchard Street
Rock Quarry: study of a stone sander [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]
Study for "Stonecutter" mural for Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon
Toy: house
Pennsylvania Industries