Historical Research Capability
The administrative documents in this collection include advertising and publicity materials, rehearsal and performance schedules, reports, and scrapbooks. Documents such as a "Southwestern Research and Play Bureau Productivity Report", a "Summary of Press Criticisms", and Radio Division schedules provide insight into the day-to-day workings of the FTP while John Cole’s article, “Amassing American ‘Stuff’” from the Special Presentation presents a history and overview of the Library of Congress's collection of Federal Arts Projects materials.
Other American Memory collections provide more information about the Federal Theatre Project and its relationship to other programs in the Works Progress Administration. The American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940 collection yields accounts of stage life with a search on theatre. The Posters: WPA Posters collection contains Theatrical production posters from the Subject Index. America from the Great Depression to World War II yields pertinent black and white photographs with searches on theatre, depression, work, unemployed, and job. Additional collections include Voices from the Dust Bowl and Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections.