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WPA: Works Progress Administration/Work Projects Administration: Secondary Sources: Books & Articles

Researching the WPA, a New Deal agency responsible for operating a wide variety of work-relief programs during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Articles

"Politics and Relief in Minneapolis During the 1930s," by Raymond L. Koch. 
In Minnesota History, Winter 1968.
MNHS call number:  Digital Copy

"The WPA Federal Art Projects in Minnesota, 1935-1942," by Kenneth E.  Hendrickson Jr..  
In Minnesota History , Spring 1993.
MNHS call number: Digital Copy

"The WPA Federal Art Project in MInnesota: A Job and a Movement," by Thomas O'Sullivan.
In MInnesota History, Spring 1993.
MNHS call number: Digital Copy

"WPA Strike and Trials of 1939," by Herman Erickson.
In Minnesota History,  Summer 1971.
MNHS call number: Digital Copy

"Snively's Road," by Mark Ryan.
In Minnesota History, Winter 1994.
MNHS call number: Digital Copy

"Evelyn Raymond, A Sculptor's Own Story,"  edited and introduced by Thomas O'Sullivan.
In Minnesota History, Summer 1998.
MNHS call number: Digital Copy

"Finnish Proverbs in Minnesota," by Marjorie Edgar.  
In Minnesota History, Sept. 1943.
MNHS call number: Digital Copy

 

Books

American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work, by Nick Taylor.
New York : Bantam Books, 2008.
MNHS call number: HD5724.T34 2008

America Eats! On the Road with the WPA: The Fish Fries, Box Supper Socials, and Chitlin Feasts that Define Real American Food, by Pat Willard.  
New York : Bloomsbury, 2008.
MNHS call number: TX715 .W71125 2008

The WPA Guides:  Mapping America, by Christine Boyd. 
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c1999.
MNHS call number: E175.4 .B65 1999

Art for a Democracy: The WPA’s Art Education Programs in Minnesota, 1935-1943, by Susan Ray Euler.
PhD thesis, University of Minnesota, 1992.
MNHS call number: E8838 .E85 1992

The WPA and Federal Relief Policy, by Donald S. Howard.  
New York : Russell Sage Foundation, 1943.
MNHS call number: HV95 .H6

Oral Histories & Personal Accounts

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WPA Buildings & Bridges

Minnesota WPA Buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places takes you to search page; enter WPA in Search by property name box.

Minnesota WPA Bridge Correspondence and Plans, 1917-1942
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid  

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