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United States. Works Progress Administration

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View Resource American Experience: Grand Coulee Dam

Among many great national achievements during the Great Depression, the Grand Coulee Dam remains one of the most impressive. This fine website from the American Experience program complements a documentary that was first aired on PBS in 2012. The construction of this dam would, in the worlds of President Franklin Roosevelt, be part of a "planned promised land" that would transform the lives of...
View Resource WPA Art Inventory

Many works created as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s and 1940s no longer exist. Some of these artworks were temporary, and others have been removed due to insensitive renovation projects in public buildings like schools and post offices. This initiative from the Connecticut State Library was the result of a bill passed by Connecticut representative David McCluskey,...
View Resource Tampa WPA Office Papers

The University of South Florida Libraries have archived many dozens of wonderful collections and this one detailing the activities of the Works Progress Administration office in Tampa fits in nicely with the rest of these works. The majority of the 32 documents here deal with the history of Hillsborough County, along with detailed essays on the vibrant Ybor City and its immigration history....

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View Resource Aaron Sopher Collection: Enoch Pratt Free Library

The Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration produced travel guides to various parts of the United States, along with offering artists an opportunity to paint and sketch everywhere from San Diego to Portland, Maine. This lovely digital collection from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore brings together over 120 drawings, watercolors, and other items by the artist Aaron Sopher....

View Resource New Orleans Public Library: WPA Photograph Collection

Over the course of the Works Progress Administration's (WPA) life, this government agency put thousands of artisans to work creating sculptures, writing travel books, and taking photographs. In Louisiana, the state headquarters of the WPA was located in New Orleans. During its existence, the headquarters sent out photographers to document all sorts of activity in the Crescent City. This collection...

View Resource Florida Memory: WPA Church Records

Churches and other religious institutions are the lifeblood of any community in terms of the services and support they provide to their members. This rather remarkable collection features the Works Progress Administration from the State Library of Florida's collections. During the 1930s and 1940s, each state created a list of known churches and synagogues to be surveyed and organized by county....

View Resource Labor and Workplace Studies: University of Maryland Libraries

Based at the University of Maryland, this remarkable digital collection brings together a range of special items related to labor in America. The digitized items within the collection document a range of specific labor unions, such as the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, and offer insight into the development of the labor movement from colonial days to the present. A great...