In the aftermath of the Great Depression, the federal government developed a host of programs designed to alleviate unemployment and put people back to work. Out of these efforts came the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and a host of programs that utilized the talents of those persons who were still unemployed. These included the Federal Art Project, the Federal Music Project, and the Federal Writers Project. One of the most under-appreciated programs was the Historic American Buildings Survey that was designed to record the structures and buildings of historical and cultural importance around the US. The staff of Georgia Tech's library has created and placed online this fine archive of photographs from the Buildings survey done around the state in the middle of the 1930s. Containing close to one hundred images, the archive can be viewed in a scrapbook format or by browsing through a list of the buildings covered in the survey. The site is rounded out by an introductory essay written by Grace Agnew that traces the role of the WPA in documenting American culture and history during the 1930s.
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