Did the New Deal Document Its Own Work?

Unfortunately, there is no single, systematic source of data on what New Deal public works agencies accomplished. The long-term goal of the Living New Deal is to fill that gap.  In the meantime, our Project Historian, Brent McKee, has compiled a list of what the various agencies left behind in terms of self-documentation. Some did final reports, others did not; some of the reporting was very good, some was sketchy. Poor reporting is understandable given that most New Deal agencies were closed down quickly with the onset of the Second World War – or due to hostility from conservative members of Congress.  We will continue to expand the list as more archival sources come to light.

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