The Resource Work Projects Administration of Virginia records

Work Projects Administration of Virginia records

Label
Work Projects Administration of Virginia records, 1939-1943
Title
Work Projects Administration of Virginia records
Inclusive dates
1939-1943
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Records, 1939-1943, of the Work Projects Administration of Virginia documenting its efforts to provide relief jobs for artists, musicians, actors, and white-collar and professional workers during the Great Depression. While many jobs created by the federal government during this period were primarily construction work, repair work, and other manual labor jobs, the WPA also established federal art, music, theater and writers' projects to provide relief jobs for unemployed clerks, writers, editors, lawyers, teachers, librarians, and similar workers. This collection contains various surveys and writing projects such as oral histories, abstracts and transcripts of court records, published books, radio plays, and state histories. Of note are the Virginia Writers' Project Life Histories, which recorded the life stories of men and women from a variety of regions, occupations, and ethnic groups and include over 300 slave narratives. Also of note are the Historical Records Survey, Virginia Historical Inventory, a collection of photographs, maps, and detailed reports documenting the architectural, cultural, and family histories of thousands of 18th- and 19th-century buildings in communities across Virginia
Member of
Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Additional physical form
  • also available on microfilm (Misc. Reels 1846-1853)
  • also available online (see link in this catalog record)
  • also available online (see link in this catalog record)
Biographical or historical data
  • The Work Projects Administration (known as the Works Progress Administration until 1 July 1939) was established by an executive order of 6 May 1935, as the agency responsible for the execution of the United States government's work-relief program as a whole. Before this the federal government had participated in the relief program through the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), set up under an act of 12 May 1933, and the Civil Works Administration, established by an executive order of 9 November 1933, the two agencies having a common administrator. With the abolition of the Civil Works Administration in March 1934, the records of the agency were transferred to the Emergency Work Relief Program of the FERA, which continued in existence until December 1935. The administration of work relief, however, was taken over by the WPA when that agency was created in May 1935. Under the President's Reorganization Plan No. I, effective on 1 July 1939, the WPA was made part of the Federal Works Agency. The WPA was officially abolished on 30 June 1943.
  • The WPA constructed roads, such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, and buildings on college campuses. The WPA also created jobs for those with other talents such as writers, who were put to work completing surveys of historical records of the Commonwealth and collecting the life histories of Virginians, including ones who formerly had been slaves.
Cataloging source
VIC
Label
Work Projects Administration of Virginia records
Link
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Searchable database for the Life Histories available at:
  • Searchable database for the WPA Historical Inventories available at:
Extent
186.55
Governing access note
THIS COLLECTION IS LOCATED AT THE STATE RECORDS CENTER. CONTACT ARCHIVES RESEARCH SERVICES FOR ACCESS INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS, AND HOURS
Immediate source of acquisition
Federal Works Agency, WPA of Virginia
Organization method
Organized into the following series: Series I. Historical Records Survey; Series II. Virginia Writers Project; Series III. Clipping Files; Series IV. Photographs; and Series VI. Miscellaneous Files.
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001618159
Type of unit
cu. ft. (554 boxes)

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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