West Chester University – West Chester PA


Then known as the West Chester State Teachers College, West Chester University of Pennsylvania benefited during the Great Depression from a large construction project enabled by the federal Public Works Administration (PWA). The PWA provided a $240,924 grant for the project, whose final cost was $770,533. Construction occurred between February 1938 and May 1939. (PWA Docket No. [W]1873.)

Seven buildings were constructed on the campus, including a library addition, dormitory, laundry, and heating plant. The present status of these structures is unknown to Living New Deal.

Source notes

National Archives: Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 36.

"Public Works Administration", a Google Fusion Table by LaDale Winling, edited on March 15, 2011.

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on November 29, 2014.

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Location Info

West Chester, PA 19382

Coordinates: 39.951991, -75.599992

One comment on “West Chester University – West Chester PA

  1. Peggy Hartzell

    I have about 30 silkscreen “costume” posters that include native Americans that I rescued from our West Chester high school just before renovations. They are from the WPA Museum Education Project. In my research I found a whole collection of materials, models and learning aids in the library of WCU from the Museum Education Project since they were a teachers normal school at the time. It’s a great collection that you might want to list on your website. I guess I might donate my collection to the library too. Be glad to send you photos of the posters. In my research I also dicovered that my lettering teacher, Mr. Hood, at U. ARts In Phila. was the head of the WPA print studio in Phila. There’s an interview with him on the Library of Congress website.

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