The WPA Guides

Idaho: A Guide in Word and Picture was the first of the WPA American Guide
Series to see publication, in January 1937. The story of its making and circulation
demonstrates the potency of landscape as a site for negotiating cultural and ...

Author: Christine Bold

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1578061954

Category: History

Page: 246

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In 1935 the FDR administration put 40,000 unemployed artists to work in four federal arts projects. The main contribution of one unit, the Federal Writers Project, was the American Guide Series, a collectively composed set of guidebooks to every state, most regions, and many cities, towns, and villages across the United States. The WPA arts projects were poised on the cusp of the modern bureaucratization of culture. They occurred at a moment when the federal government was extending its reach into citizens' daily lives. The 400 guidebooks the teams produced have been widely celebrated as icons of American democracy and diversity. Clumped together, they manifest a lofty role for the project and a heavy responsibility for its teams of writers. The guides assumed the authority of conceptualizing the national identity. In The WPA Guides: Mapping America Christine Bold closely examines this publicized view of the guides and reveals its flaws. Her research in archival materials reveals the negotiations and conflicts between the central editors in Washington and the local people in the states. Race, region, and gender are taken as important categories within which difference and conflict appear. She looks at the guidebook for each of five distinctively different locations -- Idaho, New York City, North Carolina, Missouri, and U.S. One and the Oregon Trail--to assess the editorial plotting of such issues as gender, race, ethnicity, and class. As regionalists jostled with federal officialdom, the faultlines of the project gaped open. Spotlighting the controversies between federal and state bureaucracies, Bold concludes that the image of America that the WPA fostered is closer to fabrication than to actuality. Christine Bold is director of the Centre for Cultural Studies and an associate professor of English at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.

The WPA Guide to Kentucky

Introduction It is now sixty years since work began on the WPA guide to Kentucky.
In 1939, after three years of preparation, the volume appeared in bookstores
across the Commonwealth. Produced as part of the Federal Writers' Project's ...

Author: F. Kevin Simon

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813158693

Category: History

Page: 608

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One of the first great reference tools on the Commonwealth, this WPA Guide is an important, vital part of our heritage. While it includes brief essays describing Kentucky's history, folklore, education, industry, geology, ethnic mix and other topics, the most remarkable feature is the driving tours that are as accurate today as they were more than half a century ago. Careful annotations give directions, point out historical and tourist sites, describe the country side, and even provide mileage for the drives.

Women s Tales from the New Mexico WPA

By 1942, the United States was deep into the Second World War, and its
resources were needed for national defense. The WPA and its writers (those who
had not been 403 'd, as were Thorp and Martinez) were put at the service of the

Author: Tey Diana Rebolledo

Publisher: Arte Publico Press

ISBN: 1611920531


Page: 454

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As part of the Works Progress Administration during the Depression, two women interviewers, Lou Sage Batchen and Annette Hesch Thorp, gathered womens stories or cuentosfrom many native ancianas to glean vivid details of a way of life now long disappeared.

Report on Progress of the WPA Program

Number of Persons Employed on WPA Airport Projects and on Other WPA
Projects Sponsored or Operated by Military and Naval Agencies , by Selected
Type of Project and by Agency , June 5 , 1940 .. 2. Number of Persons Employer
on WPA ...

Author: United States. Work Projects Administration


ISBN: UIUC:30112109936085

Category: Public service employment


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Final Report on the WPA Program 1935 43

The appropriation for the fiscal year beginning with July 1941 required an
immediate and drastic reduction in WPA employment from an average of
1,411,000 in June 1941 to 1,055,000 in the following month . There was little
change in WPA ...

Author: United States. Federal Works Agency


ISBN: UOM:39015002348590

Category: Public service employment

Page: 145

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Built By WPA CCC

Between 1933 and 1943, unemployed workers under the New Deal Civilian
Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs
completed projects across the United States to help our nation recover from the ...

Author: HDR

Publisher: HDR EOC




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The WPA Oklahoma Slave Narratives

1 Mrs. Joanna Draper was interviewed in Tulsa , Oklahoma , by WPA field worker
Robert Vinson Lackey apparently sometime in the first half of 1937. Two
typescript versions of Draper's interview have survived , the earlier being "
Interview with ...

Author: T. Lindsay Baker

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806128593

Category: Social Science

Page: 543

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"I never talk to nobody 'bout this" was the response of one aged African American when asked by a Works Project Administration field worker to share memories of his life in slavery and after emancipation. He and other ex-slaves were uncomfortable with the memories of a time when black and white lives were interwoven through human bondage. Yet the WPA field workers overcame the old people's reticence, and American West scholars T. Lindsay Baker and Julie P. Baker have collected all the known WPA Oklahoma "slave narratives" in this volume for the first time - including fourteen never published before. Their careful editorial notes detail what is known about the interviewers and the process of preparing the narratives.

Wpa Guide to Minnesota

If there ever was an argument for state support of the arts, it came about in 1935
when the federal government initiated the Federal Writers' Project as part of the
Works Progress Administration (WPA) to produce, among other things, the ...

Author: The Federal Writers' Project

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press

ISBN: 9780873517126

Category: Minnesota

Page: 539

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American Scenes WPA Era Prints from the 1930s and 1940s

Then in April 1937, the WPA had its budget slashed by 25%. Artists as well as
other workers saw their jobs cut. In response, the Artists' Union organized
protests, work stoppages and discussions with administrators and legislators. On
June 27 ...

Author: La Salle University Art Museum


ISBN: 9780988999923

Category: Prints

Page: 106

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The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh

The unemployed worker with no particular training for a job; the young woman
who is a tinter of models on a WPA project, takes typing and shorthand courses in
evening classes, and wants to paint and does paint an occasional still life in oil; ...

Author: Laurence A. Glasco

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 9780822970842

Category: History

Page: 432

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The monumental American Guide Series, published by the Federal Writers’ Project, provided work to thousands of unemployed writers, editors, and researchers in the midst of the Great Depression. Featuring books on states, cities, rivers, and ethnic groups, it also opened an unprecedented view into the lives of the American people during this time. Untold numbers of projects in progress were lost when the program was abruptly shut down by a hostile Congress in 1939. One of those, "The Negro in Pittsburgh," lay dormant in the Pennsylvania State Library until it was microfilmed in 1970. The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh marks the first publication of this rich body of information. This unique historical study of the city’s black population features articles on civil rights, social class, lifestyle, culture, folklore, and institutions from colonial times through the 1930s.

The WPA Guide to 1930s Iowa

Author: Joseph Frazier Federal Writers Project

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587296635

Category: History

Page: 623

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Originally published during the Great Depression, The WPA Guide nevertheless finds much to celebrate in the heartland of America. Nearly three dozen essays highlight Iowa's demography, economy, and culture but the heart of the book is a detailed traveler's guide, organized as seventeen different tours, that directs the reader to communities of particual social and historical interest.

The WPA Guide to 1930s Montana


Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816515034

Category: History

Page: 430

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First published in 1939, this nostalgic guide includes chapters on Montana's natural setting, history, economy, and cultural life as of half a century ago, plus separate entries for Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, and Missoula--which at the time boasted four hotels and five-cent bus fares. There then follow, in the WPA Guide tradition, 18 tours that crisscross the state and point out not only natural splendors along the way but also such noteworthy historic sites as Custer Battlefield, the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Boothill Cemetery in Virginia City, and the site of the "holing-up" shanty of Calamity Jane. Fourteen additional tours--four for roads, ten for trails--guide readers through Glacier National Park.

The WPA Dallas Guide and History

Author: Maxine Holmes

Publisher: University of North Texas Press

ISBN: 0929398319

Category: Travel

Page: 450

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Described erroneously in the November R&R as a reprint of the edition originally published by the Federal Works Agency of the WPA in 1940. In fact, it has not been published previously. It was housed at the Dallas Public Library for use by researchers. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland,

The Deepest Reality of Life Southern Sociology the WPA and Food in the New South

Leonard Rapport, who later became a distinguished archivist and historian, was
a young interviewer at the time who worked for the WPA's Southern Writers'
Project in Durham. Knowing the worlds of the tobacco market well, Rapport
agreed to ...

Author: Marcie Cohen Ferris

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469600307

Category: History

Page: 26

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"The Deepest Reality of Life": Southern Sociology, the WPA, and Food in the New South (an article from Southern Cultures 18:2, Summer 2012: The Special Issue on Food)

WPA Writing Program Administration

New WPA Executive Board Members Three new Board members began their
terms on July 1 , 2006 : Joe Marshall Hardin ( Western Kentucky University ) ,
Rita Malenczyk ( Eastern Connecticut State University ) , and Carol Rutz (
Carleton ...



ISBN: IND:30000125135685

Category: English language


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Parkwood Drain - Construction of new Carpenter Drain - Cleanout with WPA tile
drain with WPA labor . labor . Call - Cleanout with WPA labor . Coggins - Repair
tile and cleanout on ( " Continued on Page 7 ) open work with WPA labor .

Author: Genesee County (Mich.) Board of Supervisors


ISBN: UOM:39015068565079



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A Nebraska Bird Finding Guide

A Atlanta WPA 40.382/-99.478 B Bluebill WPA 40.636/-97.703 Bluestem WPA
40,441/-99.058 Brauning WPA 40.6/-97.724 C Clark WPA 40.378/-99.053
Cottonwood WPA 40.547/-99.584 County Line WPA 40.7027/-97.5419 E
Eckhardt WPA ...

Author: Paul Johnsgard


ISBN: 9781609620110

Category: Bird watching

Page: 180

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"Nebraska lies in the transition zone between North American eastern and western avifaunas and is home to more than 200 breeding and 150 migrant species. This definitive guide to Nebraska birdwatching by the state's preeminent ornithologist includes a county-by-county rundown of the best sites, a calendar of migrations, an annotated checklist of regularly occurring Nebraska birds, and recommendations for optical equipment, publications and reference materials, and contact information for conservation and ornithological groups. It features 48 maps as well as photographs and drawings by the author. Paul Johnsgard, Foundation Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the author of more than 50 books and 150 articles on birds and other wildlife."--Page 4 of cover