Frances Perkins: The Woman behind the New Deal

U.S. Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, Time Magazine Cover, August 14, 1933

In 1963, at the age of 83, Frances Perkins gave a series of lectures at UCLA entitled, “Labor Under the New Deal and the New Frontier.” She told her audience that for years after her tenure as FDR’s Secretary of… read more

The Women Who Painted Coit Tower

Detail, “Hunting in California,” 1934, Coit Tower mural by Edith Hamiin

Just as FDR’s Administration gave Eleanor Roosevelt and Frances Perkins the opportunity to profoundly shape public policy, the New Deal also opened up real and meaningful work for women in the arts.  One place this played out was atop San… read more

Herbert Maier and the Parkitecture of the 1930s

NPS logo, Maier imprint on the Park Service includes the design of the arrowhead logo.

Arts & Crafts architecture—with its emphasis on native materials, skilled workmanship, sensitivity to nature, and indigenous motifs—fell out of fashion after World War I. Revival styles and the rising tide of modernism supplanted it, but so did economics: the craftsmanship… read more

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