Putting unemployed Americans to work during the Great Depression was the task of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration, whose name later changed to the Work Projects Administration. Most people called it the WPA, an acronym that works for both names. Minnesota had many WPA programs, and the MHS Library holds a great variety of items that document the work of the state's WPA workers between 1935 and 1943, when the program ended.
Works Progress Administration Collection
Other major WPA initiatives in Minnesota: