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W.P.A. Writer's Project Atlanta photographs

W.P.A. Writer's Project Atlanta photographs

Descriptive Summary

Title: W.P.A. Writer's Project Atlanta photographs
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Inclusive Dates: 1940
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.3 Linear Feet 1 half box, 1 oversized folder
Collection Number: ms2860
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

The WPA Federal Writers Project was a program established in the United States in 1935 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as part of the New Deal struggle against the Great Depression. It provided jobs for unemployed writers, editors, and research workers. Directed by Henry G. Alsberg, it operated in all states and at one time employed 6,600 men and women. The American Guide series, the project's most important achievement, included guides for every state and territory (except Hawaii), as well as for Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Philadelphia; for several major highways (U.S. 1, Ocean Highway, Oregon Trail); and for scores of towns, villages, and counties. The state guides, encyclopaedic in scope, combined travel information with essays on geography, architecture, history, and commerce. The project also produced ethnic studies, folklore collections, local histories, nature studies-a total of more than 1,000 books and pamphlets. Encyclopedia Britannica Online (Retrieved September 15, 2009)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of sixty photographs of Atlanta-related scenes, showing buildings, homes, downtown views, parks, sports, and recreation. Photographs include images of the Atlanta Municipal Airport, City Hall, Emory University, the Gone With The Wind premier, and Spelman College among others.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W.P.A. Writer's Project Atlanta photographs, ms2860, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 October 16.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Atlanta (Ga.) -- Photographs.
Dwellings -- Georgia -- Photographs.
Parks -- Georgia -- Atlanta -- Photographs.
Public buildings -- Georgia.
United States. Works Progress Administration

Related Collections in this Repository

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: W.P.A Writer's Program photographs of Georgia, ms2861; W.P.A. Georgia Writers Project, ms1500; Works Progress Administration in Georgia photographs, ms996.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Abreuer Home
12All Saints Church
13Atlanta Municipal Airport
14Baltimore Block
15Calhoun (Andrew) House
16Cathedral of Christ the King
17Church of the Immaculate Conception
18Church (unidentified)
19City Hall
110Civil War (3)
113Emory University, Law Building
114Emory University, Theological Building (2)
115Glenn Memorial Methodist Church (2)
116Gone With the Wind-Premier
117Gordon (John) Monument
118Grady (Henry W.) Monument
119Housing Projects, Apartments (3)
120Inman (Mrs. Edward) Home
121Inman (Mrs. Samuel M.) Home
122Kimball? Building
123Nunnally (Hugh) Home (2)
124Ogden (John M.) Home
126Parks, Recreation, Sports (8)
127Peachtree St. Residence
128Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
129Post Office Annex
130Residential Areas (4)
131Rhodes Memorial Hall
132Spelman College, Listers Chapel
133State Capitol (3)
134View, 1867
135Views, Downtown (5)
136Wren Nest
1AStone Mountain