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.

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West Buttress, Grand Coulee Dam Construction
Light
1148th Co., C.C.C., Danby, Vt
Wyoming narrative report, Works Progress Administration, September 21, 1936 to October 20, 1936
America today: a book of 100 prints chosen and exhibited by the American Artists' Congress
[Chow at table 13] / Kessler
Barn
Hockey Player
Automobile and trailer
Modern Country House Northern United States
District Annual 1937: Fort Brady CCC District
Strengthen good neighbor policy- Understanding our Southern Neighbors
Pioneer Man