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The Federal Writers' Project

Congress created the Federal Writers’ Project in 1935 under the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal agency that employed millions of Americans on public-works projects during the Great Depression. Active until 1943, the Federal Writers’ Project enlisted more than 6,000 writers, historians, and other scholars in producing useful publications. Its American Guide series highlighted historical, cultural and geographical features of U.S. states, territories and cities. The Federal Writers’ Project also compiled oral histories that, like the American Guides, remain valuable resources for studying the nation’s past.

1 Image “Mission San Xavier del Bac” (Arizona), WPA Federal Writers’ Project... View All Images
1 Image Puerto Rico, American Guide Series volume, 1940 View All Images
1 Image Photograph of Nevada Guide Exhibit (Federal Writers Project), Nevada... View All Images
2 Images "Utah Indian Archaeology," report of Elmer R. Smith,... View All Images