Writing America’s Story

Writing America’s Story Creating thousands of jobs for unemployed creatives, the Federal Writers’ Project (1935-1943) proved a launchpad for some of America’s most celebrated storytellers. FWP workers produced research, writings and recordings that illuminate the historical, cultural and political circumstances… read more

America’s Voices

America’s Voices Within the Resettlement Administration, the New Deal agency charged with relocating struggling families, a little known Music Unit deployed field workers to government-planned communities around the country to boost residents’ morale and solidarity through folk music. Using the… read more

Capturing the Past

Capturing the Past On June 19, 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation establishing a “National Archives of the United States Government.” It was the culmination of decades of congressional debate on the issue of national records preservation.The new agency began… read more

Rewriting America

Rewriting America The New Deal’s Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), begun in 1935, employed more than 10,000 out-of work writers, editors, art critics, researchers and historians. Women made up forty percent of the workforce, including as state directors. It hired now-renowned… read more