Records of the Work Projects Administration [WPA]

Scope and content: This collection contains both paper and microfilmed records from the Work Projects Administration (originally the Works Progress Administration, or WPA), particularly the Federal Writers’ Project and Historical Records Survey programs completed in Kansas. The records are dated 1935-1968; although the WPA ceased in 1943, the collection contains newspaper.

Record Group No.69: Records of the Work Projects Administration. The WPA (Works Progress Administration until 1st July 1939, thereafter Work Projects Administration) was the agency responsible for the work relief program of the New Deal Administration. Established by Executive order on 6th May 1935, it replaced the FERA (Federal Emergency Relief

community. The WPA was established as the Work Projects Administration by executive order on 6 May 1935. In 1939 the agency’s name was changed to Works Progress Administration. Before the agency was liquidated in 1943, it became the biggest relief program in U.S. history, providing employment for millions of people.

A preliminary inventory, the Records of the Federal Writers’ Project Work Projects Administration, 1935-44, was compiled by Katherine H. Davidson, in 1953. The American Guide File, the largest series, includes research data and drafts of writings which went into producing state guide books.

The Works Progress Administration records consist of manuscripts, inventories, indexes, research, scrapbooks, and photographs that document the work of two Works Progress Administration projects from the 1930s and early 1940s: the Texas Historical Records Survey and Texas Writers’ Project.

“That was an amazing act of vandalism that they had no right to do,” said Gray Brechin, the founder of a project called the Living New Deal that catalogs public works funded by the Franklin Delano.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration, later renamed Work Projects Administration (WPA).

A BETTER MICHIGAN The State Archives holds selected records of the Work Projects (formerly Works Progress) Administration or WPA. These are largely research files, record surveys and other materials produced by the New Jersey Writers Project.

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The posters of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), iconic. it employed 3.3. million Americans. The WPA’s legacy is everywhere-its workers built or worked on hundreds of thousands of.