New Deal Archive & Map
Find Your City or State
New Deal airports, schools, hospitals, post offices, art, highways and more are still in use 75 years after they were built. No city, town, or rural area was untouched by the New Deal.List sites by state or city
New Deal San Francisco Map
We have created a printed map and pocket guide to the highlights of the New Deal in San Francisco, available to visitors, teachers, students and the general public.See the Map and Guide
When I work on my blog, “New Deal of the Day,” I sometimes use New Deal artwork images available on the website of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Recently, I came across two paintings by Dacre F. Boulton. The first,… read more
The muralists of the New Deal are often perceived as being provincial and isolationist because their works celebrate “American values,” and depict a nation that is often rural, in a figurative style. Yet, many artists were internationally-minded and their realism was… read more
One of the many unknowns of Donald Trump’s impending presidency is the fate of America’s New Deal legacy. Last Tuesday, Newt Gingrich spoke before the Heritage Foundation in a wide-ranging speech celebrating Trump’s victory and the social, economic, and cultural changes… read more
At The Living New Deal, we’ve long been tracking rumblings of a new New Deal in American political circles. So often, though, that conversation centers on the biographies and affiliations of major politicians. Over at The American Prospect, Christopher Faricy… read more
New Deal Resources
New Deal Smiles
The Great Depression was not all breadlines and sorrow; the New Deal turned millions of frowns into smiles, as seen in thousands of photos of workers and people benefitting from CCC, WPA, NYA and other projects.
Submit information and photos on New Deal sites near you or that you visit. It’s simple and fun. We rely on crowdsourcing to build the Living New Deal archive and expand our map to new places.
We collect audio, video, photographic and written histories of the New Deal from people who lived through the era and their families. What did the New Deal mean to you, your parents or grandparents?
- The New Deal in the East Bay.
Join Gray Brechin on January 17, from 5:45-8:30 pm, as he discusses iconic New Deal projects in the East Bay of California–from the San Francisco Bay Bridge to the Alameda County Courthouse. Gray will also discuss The Living New Deal… read more
- Marshfield, VT, and the CCC.
During the Great Depression, more than 350 young men lived at the Groton State Forest CCC camp and built log shelters, stone fire pits, a stone fire tower, lean-tos, and caretakers’ cabins. Many of the supervisory staff lived in Marshfield…. read more
- Discover a Forgotten New Deal Photographer in SF.
An unknown elder of American landscape photography, George Alexander Grant (pictured) was the first Chief Photographer of the National Park Service. Though his iconic images inspired millions of Americans to visit their national parks, Grant is largely unknown because his… read more
- A Dinner Honoring Harry Hopkins.
Join Retired Senator Tom Harkin for Sioux City’s first annual Harry Hopkins Democratic Dinner & Celebration. The event, to be held on Saturday, October 15, honors the Sioux City-born New Deal advisor. More details can be found here.