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WPA Art Project: Primary Sources: Archives & Records


Victor A. Christgau Papers.
This archival collection details Christgau's service as administrator of Minnesota's Works Progress Administration from 1935-1938.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Clement B. Haupers and Clara Gardner Mairs Papers.
Correspondence and other papers of St. Paul artists Clement Haupers and Clara Gardner Mairs. Haupers was the Minnesota state director of the Federal Art Project of the Work Projects Administration (1933-1943).
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (M526 and P1615).

Minnesota Works Progress/Work Projects Administration. Accomplishments, Minnesota Art Project, Work Projects Administration.
Minnesota: s.n., 194-.

MNHS call number: N8838 .M682 1940z

Publications of the Minnesota Works Progress Administration and the Minnesota Work Projects Administration.
St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society, 1983.
Microfilm collection of various publications issued by the Minnesota WPA, 1935-1940.
MNHS call number: Microfilm 717


WPA Murals in Minnesota Buildings.
Color slides compiled by University Art Museum, University of Minnesota. Views of surviving WPA murals in public buildings, institutions, and schools throughout Minnesota, including Rochester, Faribault, White Bear Lake, Chisholm, International Falls, Caledonia, Wabasha, Milaca, Sebeka, Windom, and the Minneapolis Armory.
MNHS call number: I.77 

Works Progress Administration Collection, Photograph and Negative Collection, 1860-1960
Views of Federal Art Projects. 
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Oral History

Oral History Interviews of the Minnesota Artist Projects Through the Depression Years Oral History Project
The project includes fifteen interviews from the 1970s and 1980s of Minnesota artists active during the Great Depression as well as one local historian. Topics discussed generally revolve around federally funded art projects, the artistic community in Minnesota, art education, and economic influences on art during the 1930s with a focus on experiences in Minnesota although other states are discussed. Nine of the interviews were conducted by the University Gallery at the University of Minnesota focusing on New Deal art projects in Minnesota.
MNHS call number: Digital Transcripts and Audio

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