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.

Exhibition of book illustrations | South Side Community Art Center: book illustrations
See America, Welcome to Montana
Oils, watercolors, prints & sculpture by artist-teachers of the New York Federal Art Project: Federal Works Agency, August 1-August 23 | Exhibition: oils, watercolors, prints & sculpture by artist teachers of the Art Teachers Division, Federal Art Gallery, Works Projects Administration, Federal Art Project, August 1st to August 23, 1929
Report on progress of the Works Program: October 15, 1936
U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
See America. Welcome to Montana
Man with Book
Five Thirty (study for print)
Boys of the Barracks No. 3, CCC Camp, Bethel, Vt
Strengthen good neighbor policy- Understanding our Southern Neighbors
America today: a book of 100 prints chosen and exhibited by the American Artists' Congress
Rock Quarry: study of workers in stone quarry [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]
Figurine: Beauty and the Beast