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By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943

Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress


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The By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress's collection of more than 900 is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters were designed to publicize health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the District of Columbia. The posters were made possible by one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts and were added to the Library's holdings in the 1940s.
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Special Presentations

Collection Highlights

Interview with WPA Silkscreen Artist Tony Velonis

Federal Art Project Calendar


Understanding the Collection

About the Collection

Selected Bibliography

Collection Connections

Working with the Collection

How to View: Audio | Photos

How to Order Photographic Reproductions

Building the Digital Collection

Cataloging the Collection

Copyright and Other Restrictions

Acknowledgments


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