Deborah Simmons Meader Papers, 1927-1942.
Papers of a puppeteer, play writer, and theater fabricator employed in church and WPA puppetry programs during her life in St. Paul from 1927 to 1942. Meader’s papers relate her adoption of puppetry as a means of supporting her family during a period of financial hardship, her employment by the Minnesota WPA, and her writings about her puppetry. Papers include correspondence, articles and speeches, academic lecture notes, puppet and performance design notes, play scripts, and related materials.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
Phil A. Lawrence Papers, 1936-1942.
Photocopies of a scrapbook belonging to Lawrence, director of Minnesota’s Works Progress Administration Symphonic Band and many other local bands. The scrapbook contained letters of commendation, concert programs, and news clippings about the bands and the WPA Music Project.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P2684).
Douglas Alan Bruce Papers, 1933-1972.
Mimeographed materials, booklets, campaign literature, clippings, and similar items collected by Bruce, a former member of the U.S. National Labor Relations Board. Much of the collection relates to Elmer Benson’s (Farmer-Labor Party) 1938 Minnesota campaign for governor. Another substantial portion relates to the Minneapolis Central Council for the Unemployed, the Minneapolis Central Council of Workers, and organizer Karl Kuehn. Other activities documented include strikes by WPA workers & WPA teachers (1935,1939), and the People’s Lobby (1937).
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P1671).
Minnesota Work Projects Administration Materials, 1935-1943, compiled by state administrator Sidney L.. Stolte.
Typed reports and a scrapbook documenting the work of the Minnesota WPA. Stolte held various positions in the Minnesota WPA.and was the State Administrator from 1939 to 1943. The reports include the Minneapolis Board of Park Commissioners: The Story of W.P.A. and Other Federal Aid Projects in the Minneapolis Parks, Parkways, and Playgrounds (1937) and The Story of W.P.A. in the Minneapolis Parks, Parkways and Playgrounds (1938, 1941, 1942); Stolte’s:Final Report of the Minnesota Work Projects Administration (1943); and his scrapbook: "Persons and Events Affecting the Minnesota Work Projects Administration, 1935-1943" (1943). The Minneapolis Board of Park Commissioners’ reports describe WPA work throughout the Minneapolis park system and improvements to the Minneapolis Municipal Airport (Wold-Chamberlain Field), with photographs. Stolte's scrapbook contains photographs of many people who worked in the administration of the Minnesota WPA and photos documenting WPA projects throughout the state, as well as biographical articles about Stolte and his career with the Minnesota WPA.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P2555).
Records of the State Supervisor of Workers Education, 193- - 1940.
Primarily research papers prepared for the Minnesota workers education program dealing with the following subjects: collective bargaining, history of American unions, labor journalism, cooperatives, mining industry in Minnesota, agricultural problems in Minnesota, timber industry in Minnesota, third party movements in Minnesota, the "social economy" of the United States, money, and wealth. The named authors are: Gordon Gilbertson, Alex Dim, Herman Erickson, Mauritz C. Erkkila, Jack Geller, Fred Grady, Roger Jones, Eino Krapu, Fred Natus, Ralph E. Turner, and Leonard Vogland. Correspondence, reports, curriculum materials, and labor play scripts of the state supervisor of workers education, Douglas Alan Bruce. Contains information about the Minneapolis Labor School; workers education in Minnesota, other midwestern states, and in the United States generally; the WPA workers strike (July 1939), and workers’ housing in rural (particularly southwestern) Minnesota. Hilda Smith of the Federal Works Agency, U.S. Work Projects Administration, is a primary correspondent. The labor play scripts are for puppet shows and short didactic plays, recitations, and choral readings concerning labor, unemployment, unions, capitalism, war and the role of workers in society. Includes scripts by Meridel LeSueur, Susan M. Shepherd, Louis Bunin.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P1730).
History, Legislation, Diagrams and Plats of Minneapolis Streets, Highways, Alleys, Building Blocks, and Suburban Developments Done by W.P.A. Projects, 1940-41.
89 volumes, 205 maps.
MNHS call number: BC8.1.E57
Stearns County Museum Project.
U.S. Works Projects Administration, Minnesota. 4 boxes of typed articles on St Cloud, Sauk Centre, and 1,300 biographical sketches of Stearns County pioneers.
MNHS call number: BC8.1 .S65u.
WPA and Relief Project Files, 193- - 195-, of the MN Executive Council.
Files on a variety of work relief, disaster relief, and conservation projects financed by the Executive Council, many with Works Progress Administration funds, and on related administrative and financial matters. They include reforestation, lake restoration, flood and erosion control, dam construction, park improvement, weed control, and related conservation projects; construction or renovation of county and municipal buildings and public works, such as bridges, roads, courthouses, village halls, community centers, and sewerage plants; renovation to the State Capitol grounds and to several state buildings; payments of aid to college and high school students and to school districts; and provision of relief to victims of floods, drought, tornados, and other natural disasters and to disabled war veterans.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
"Salvaging Culture for the WPA," by Mabel S. Ulrich.
In Harper's Magazine, May 1939.
MNHS call number: AP2 .H3 v.178
Working on the WPA: Minnesota.
News for WPA workers, 1937.
Minnesota : s.n., 1937.
MNHS call number: HD3890.M6 W57 1937
WPA Accomplishments/Works Progress Administration Accomplishments, Minnesota, 1935-1939, by Linus C. Glotzbach, administrator.
St. Paul, Minn. : The Administration, 1939]
MNHS call number: AP2 .H3 v.178
Achievements of the Minnesota Writers Project W.P.A. Manuscript: The Final Report, by Minnesota Federal Writers Project, 1943?
MNHS call number: F606.01 .W95
Publications of the Minnesota Works Progress Administration and the Minnesota Work Projects Administration
Collection of various publications issued by the Minnesota Works Progress Administration and the Minnesota Work Projects Administration, 1935-1942.
MNHS call number: Microfilm 717
Guides written by the Minnesota Federal Writers Project
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