Photographing New Deal Utopias

Mural, Greenhills, Ohio, 2009

Among the various New Deal programs to help displaced farmers and the urban poor was the Resettlement Administration’s plan to construct new communities called Greenbelt Towns. These towns were a utopian model of modern living envisioned by RA administrator Rexford G…. read more

A New Deal Muralist’s Work Lives On

Starfish, Hiler Mural Detail

Denied admission to art colleges, Hilaire Hiler left Rhode Island for Paris in 1919 where he opened a legendary nightclub. At the Jockey Club, the first after-hours club in the Montparnasse District, Hiler painted the walls with colorful murals, and… read more

New Deal New York: A Living Legacy for Children

Learn to Swim, Poster by John Wagner

New Deal New York, a map recently produced by the Living New Deal is not just any map. This one tells a story—the triumph of liberal democracy in the 1930s. New Deal New York depicts 1,000 sites, showing that the… read more

Navigating the National Archives

At work at the National Archives

The National Archives at St. Louis began service to the public as the St. Louis Federal Record Center in 1961 and is home to archival records of military and civil service personnel, including federal employees of the New Deal agencies…. read more

A 20-million Word Experiment in Collective Writing Henry Alsberg and the FWP
By Susan DeMasi

FWP display at the 1939 New York World’s Fair Oversized American Guide books placed on a U.S. Map

In the first half of the 20th century—before he fell through the cracks of history—Henry Alsberg’s byline appeared regularly in newspapers and magazines. When Harry Hopkins tapped him to lead the Federal Writers’ Project in 1935, Alsberg had already lived… read more