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.

Jersey Relief Project
Toy: fir trees
Nebraska folklore pamphlets: reproduced from material gathered for a book on the folklore of the state | Children's games
Civilian Conservation Corps: Barracks Co. 249 Red House, NY
Help Improve our Forests
Exhibition Drawings From Index of American Design
NRA Member. U.S. We Do Our Part
Mural Study for Polytechnical High School, Long Beach, CA
Norris Dam
Untitled [Diego Rivera]
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
Decorative Maps of the Sixth Corps Area, Post Office, Chicago, Illinois