Federal Writers' Project

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Federal Writers' Project:

see Work Projects AdministrationWork Projects Administration
(WPA), former U.S. government agency, established in 1935 by executive order of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the Works Progress Administration; it was renamed the Work Projects Administration in 1939, when it was made part of the Federal
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New Deal agencies, like the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, Works Progress Administration, Civilian Conservation Corps, Federal Writer's Project, in addition to the US Forest Service, were employed to clean up the damage.
Some Library of Congress online archives and collections found to be of utility in their research included the following: American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writer's Project; 1936-1940 Explore Your Community; A Community Heritage Poster for the Classroom; Learning About Immigration Through Oral History; Local Legacies, Oral History and Social History; Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural History; Veterans History Project-Questions; Folklife and Fieldwork: An Introduction to Field Techniques; Personal Stories and Primary Sources-Conversations with Elders; and Teacher's Guide-Analyzing Primary Sources.
Part of a series, this volume presents 108 examples of writings focused on outlaws and desperadoes produced by the New Mexico Federal Writer's Project from its beginnings through its 1939 transformation into the New Mexico Writers' Program.
One woman interviewed in the Federal Writer's Project comments on this phenomenon: "You know, there was an overseer who used to tie mother up in the barn with a rope around her arms up over her head, while she stood on a block.
Another slave interviewed for the Federal Writer's Project elaborates: "Master had four overseers on the place, and they drove us from sun up 'till sunset.
These collections are all easily searchable for interviews, but they do not foreground oral history with the same emphasis as American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writer's Project, 1936-1940, which is part of the larger collection The United States Works Progress Administration Federal Writer's Project and Historical Records Survey.
Available collections might include: African-American Pamphlets, 1820-1920; First-Person Narratives of California, 1849-1900; Ethnic Folk Music from Northern California, 1938-1940; Films of President William McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901; Life Histories from the Federal Writer's Project, 1936-1939; Films of New York City, 1897-1906; Sound Recordings from America's Leaders, 1918-1920; Photographs from William Henry Jackson and the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920; Selected Civil War Photographs, 1861-1865; Documents of the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789.

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