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.

Elysian Fields
A  New Deal for letter carriers
The  kangaroo and others too
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
The  Living Newspaper
Wyoming narrative report, Works Progress Administration, September 21, 1936 to October 20, 1936
Toy: church
Company 211, Camp 51, C C C, Deposit, N.Y
Rock Quarry, for the Westerly, Rhode Island Post Office [mural never installed]
Rock Quarry: study of workers in stone quarry [mural study for U.S. Post Office, Westerly, Rhode Island]
Laborer with wrench
West Buttress, Grand Coulee Dam Construction
Frontiers of American art: Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project