• Industrial Lore -- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

    The Federal Writers' Project of the 1930s recorded more than 10,000 life stories of men and woman from a variety of occupations and ethnic groups. The following is a sampling of these interviews, which include audio excerpts read by modern actors. Chris Thornsten, Iron Worker Surrogate image: New York, New York. May 1943. A dock stevedore at the Fulton fish market. Gordon Parks. Photograph, ...

    • Date: 1937
  • Women and Work -- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

    The Federal Writers' Project of the 1930s recorded more than 10,000 life stories of men and woman from a variety of occupations and ethnic groups. The following is a sampling of these interviews, which include audio excerpts read by modern actors. Mrs. Elizabeth E. Miller Surrogate image: Canning beans, farm near Bristol, Vermont, 1940. Louise Rosskam. Photograph, 1940. Name: Mrs. Elizabeth E. Miller (Grammy ...

    • Date: 1938
  • Introduction -- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

    Mrs. Hannegan (right) runs a boarding house for girls working in war plants. Marjory Collins. Photograph, 1943. (LC-USW3-27727-D). During the Great Depression of the 1930s, when as many as one out of four Americans could not find jobs, the federal government stepped in to become the employer of last resort. The Works Progress Administration (WPA), an ambitious New Deal program, put 8,500,000 jobless to ...

    • Date: 1936
  • About this Collection -- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

    This collection of life histories consists of approximately 2,900 documents, compiled and transcribed by more than 300 writers from 24 states, working on the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program that was part of the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936 to 1940. Typically 2,000-15,000 words in length, the documents vary in form from ...

    • Date: 1936
  • Rank and File -- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

    The Federal Writers' Project of the 1930s recorded more than 10,000 life stories of men and woman from a variety of occupations and ethnic groups. The following is a sampling of these interviews, which include audio excerpts read by modern actors. Anna Novak, Packing House Worker Surrogate image: Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. May 1943. Twins Amy and Mary Rose Lindich, 21, employed at the Pennsylvania railroad ...

    • Date: 1938
  • Hard Times in the City -- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

    The Federal Writers' Project of the 1930s recorded more than 10,000 life stories of men and woman from a variety of occupations and ethnic groups. The following is a sampling of these interviews, which include audio excerpts read by modern actors. Man at Eddie's Bar Surrogate image: Pullman Porter at Union Station in Chicago, 1943. Jack Delano. Photograph, 1943. Name: Not given Location: Eddie's ...

    • Date: 1938