New Deal/WPA Research Links


AskArt - they also have posted an article about New Deal/WPA art.

Edan Hughes
106 Delores Street
San Francisco, CA
(author of "Artists in California 1786 - 1940 II")

Davenport's Art & Reference Price Guide (call # 707.5)
This is a great site with a searchable database of news, articles, and reviews on art!

Resource Library Magazine
America's Magazine for Representational Art

World Wide Arts Resources
This is a directory site that can make your internet search easier!

California Digitization Project
Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections are available.

Chicago Historical Society
The CHS Research Center is closed on Sundays and Mondays. The Research Center is open to the public without charge. The Research Center is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. They are developing an on-line research tool to be called Archie, the searchable on-line catalog that includes materials in all CHS collections except costume, decorative and industrial arts, painting, and sculpture. At this time, Archie is not operational. Other research tools are collection-specific and are available only in the Research Center. For more information about research and collections at the Chicago Historical Society, please contact the Research Center at (312) 642-4600.

Non-Art WPA project records at NARA
Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States Alphabetical Index:

Doing Research at the Archives of American Art
You can borrow microfilms from the Archives of American Art through interlibrary loan. Follow the steps in the "Guide to Using AAA Microfilm"

American Art
The journal, American Art, is now available on-line. This publication is produced by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (

New Deal and the Arts Oral History Interviews Conducted by the Archives of American Art, 1963-1965
Selected transcripts of WPA/New Deal artists and administrators are available online. Click on the hyperlinked name to read the transcript online. All other interviews are available by contacting AAA's Reference Staff. Untranscribed interviews are noted with an asterisk. Restricted interviews are highlighted in red. Click on the hyperlinked name to find out more about the type of restriction. Some may require special permission prior to use. More information for each interview is available in AAA's online catalog in SIRIS. (Hint: when you use SIRIS, try the headings: federal art project, works progress administration, or national archives, record group 69 for your search terms). A complete listing of all oral histories is located at:

A Guide to Commercial Art Gallery Records in the AAA
This is an index to various non-government collections from commercial art galleries, located at:

New York WPA Murals
Extant Murals and Sculptures From the Government Art Projects in New York - a great site for New York research.

The Living SchoolBook
The New Deal Art Project - The Living SchoolBook is a research and development group within the Teaching and Leadership department of the School of Education at Syracuse University. The New Deal Art Project was developed and implemented in the classroom by Matthew R. Fidler.

This site has an additional page, Extant Murals and Sculptures from the Government Art Projects of the 1930s in New York

The Papers of African American Artists
"Among the Archives' collections are the personal papers of more than fifty African American painters, sculptors, and printmakers from the late 19th century to the present." This index is located at:

List of Archives of American Art collections

Summary of the Karal Ann Marling New Deal Art Collection
This is an excellent research site done by the author of "Wall to Wall America" located at:

A commercial art gallery with a searchable database of artists' biographies and art links. "We have compiled a comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources. We have started out by covering the biggest and best sites around, and have links for most well-known artists to keep you surfing for hours. We have now indexed 700 leading arts sites, and offer more than 24,000 links directly to an estimated 80,000 works by 7,000 different artists."

Art History Guide
A very informative site with information about various Art Movements, Art Galleries, Famous Artist Biographies, and Art Prints.

Art Institute of Chicago
The Ryerson Library in the Art Institute has an online catalogue of its holdings. I'd recommend using it if researching an Illinois artist or prior to a research outing to the AIC.
This site has free access to biographies of artists. The only limitation is that they list only US artists. Their art sales records are available only by subscription

Art Linx
This is a large list of various links on the internet related to art and art research.
This is a large index of biographical information on various artists, some from the New Deal era.

This is a site with biographical information about several WPA artists.

Bienes Center
Maintained by Broward County Library

Center for New Deal Studies, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
"Welcome to the Center for New Deal Studies at Roosevelt University. Our Center contains a remarkable book collection on the Roosevelts and the New Deal, photographs, videotapes, oral histories, manuscript collections, and thousands of pieces of ephemera. The Center supports lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and research. Materials do not circulate, but are available to Roosevelt students and researchers for study."

Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

CCC Museum and Research Center, St. Louis, MO

James F. Justin Civilian Conservation Corps Museum (online only)

The New York State Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, Gilbert Lake State Park, NY

Exhibition History of The Art Institute, 1935-1939
This page displays the various exhbitions held at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1935-1939. It also links back to the Art Institute of Chicago's home page.

New Deal Cultural Programs
Experiments in Democracy by Don Adams & Arlene Goldbard

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
"Welcome to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Digital Archives, an on-line resource devoted to fulfilling Franklin Roosevelt's dream of making the records of the past available "for the use of men and women in the future." Through this site, scholars, teachers, students and members of the general public can now gain access to a portion of the rich collection of documents, photographs, sound, and video recordings, finding aids, and other primary source materials found at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York."

Jose Moya Del Pino Library & Ross Historical Society
The Marin Art & Garden Center P.O. Box 437, 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross, California Tel: (415) 454-5597 E-mail: Mission Statement: The Marin Art and Garden Center is a vibrant, enriching community resource that supports and encourages the arts, horticulture and conservation. It provides the community a unique gathering place to participate in local cultural activities and educational opportunities.

The New Deal Art Project
This page is part of The Living SchoolBook: the LSB in its sixth year of operation, is a collaborative, electronic learning community. Founded on the belief that new technology can facilitate and inspire the best work of teachers and students, the LSB encourages and enables the collaboration of educators, students, and professionals in the development and implementation of technology-based projects. The New Deal Art Project is the recipient of a 1999 Pioneering Partners Foundation Award.

The New Deal Network
The New Deal Network is an educational web site sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College/Columbia University."Been Here So Long": Selections from the WPA American Slave Narratives presents seventeen selected interviews. The feature includes classroom activities, online resources, and an introductory essay by Mark Krasovik. Work—Study—Live: The Resident Youth Centers of the NYA is a personal account of an innovative project of the National Youth Administration written by Gordon Halstead, Project Director of the NYA Resident Work Center in Lima, New York. Past Features from the New Deal Network, including Dear Mrs. Roosevelt, TVA: Electricity for All and Rondal Partridge, NYA Photographer Over 500 articles, speeches, letters and other texts, organized by Subject, Author, Publisher, and Date."

1930s Hyperlinks Internet Sites on the Great Depression and New Deal

The Scholar's Bookshelf
WPA Projects in Southern New Mexico - Windows to our Past.

Smithsonian Institute Research Information System (SIRIS)
SIRIS has six catalogs available for searching. They include: Library Catalog; Archives & Manuscripts Catalog; Art Inventories Catalog; Peter A. Juley & Son Collection Catalog; Research/Bibliographies Catalog; Smithsonian Chronology Catalog.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
The main exhibit hall for the SAA Museum is housed in the old Patent Office Building in Washington, DC. They also have a full program of exhibitions and events at its Renwick Gallery (near the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W.). The Museum maintains an on-line reference desk called "Ask Joan." The SAA Museum Library specializes in American art history and biography. The library is open to the public at 750 - 9th Street, N.W., Washington, DC from 10 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday. For information, call 202-275-1912.

The Social Security Administration History Page
The SSA maintains the SSA History Archives, the SSA Historian's Office, In-depth Research resources into Early Issues, Special Collections, Reports & Studies, Speeches & Articles among other matters of interest to researchers.

The University of Montana - Missoula WPA Period Print Collection
An index to the WPA prints contained in the University Fines Arts Print Directory.

The Art and Nature of Fresco: Women Muralists Directory
Entitled "The Art and Nature of Fresco: Women Muralists Directory", This site has biographical information and photos of several female muralists.

Guide to WPA Art in South Carolina

New Deal Post Office Murals by Patricia Raynor - This is an article from "Enroute", the publication of the National Postal Museum.

The New Deal Art Project
(webmaster: Matt Fidler) - This site is great - it has a searchable mural index plus learning activities and suggestions for classroom research.

If you want to see what a certain post office looks like, check out the Post Mark Collectors Club (PMCC) Photo page at:

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