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Works Progress Administration records

Identifier: L343

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed surveys from Works Progress Administration in 1942 regarding defense capabilities of local and county clubs, timekeeping, and division of service projects including programs for libraries, museums, welfare, recreation, and more.


  • 1939-1942


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

"The Works Progress Administration (WPA), which became the Work Projects Administration (1939–1943), was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on 6 May 1935 under the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935" (Poletika, 2011, 3). The purpose of the WPA was to assist those who were unemployed or needed assistance in education, construction, etc. "Indiana participated in the WSP, which grew rapidly in the state and attracted 20,000 participants. These services were also taught in industrial cities like South Bend and Evansville, but focused on exhibits, research projects and contributions to union newspapers. ... In 1940 and 1941, Indiana WPA workers facilitated World War II needs by focusing on the defense industry and civil defense activities" (3).


Poletika, N., 2011. "WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION PHOTOGRAPHS, CA. 1936–1943." Finding aid. Indiana Historical Society. Accessed September 26, 2016.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged alphabetically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

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Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/09/26 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/09/26 by Kori Nell.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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