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1930s Project - America in the 1930s
"We have elected to view the 1930s through the lenses of its films, radio programs, literature, journalism, museums, exhibitions, architecture, art, and other forms of cultural expression."
American Studies @ University of Virginia

American Life Histories
Manuscripts from the Federal Writer's Project, 1936-1940
"These life histories were written by the staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936-1940. The Library of Congress collection includes 2,900 documents representing the work of over 300 writers from 24 states."

Eleanor Roosevelt - American Visionary
Sections include: Overview ; Family ; Political Allies ; On Her Own ; Val-Kill Industries ; Her Cottage.
- National Park Service Museum

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal
"This page offers you a list of interesting homepages and sites about Roosevelt and his New Deal. Although everyone is encouraged to use the links, they're in the first place for teachers dealing with the subject in the classroom."

Fireside Chats of Franklin D. Roosevelt - (dead link)
Texts of 30 chats

Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937-1942
" a multiformat ethnographic field collection documenting African-American, Arabic, Bahamian, British-American, Cuban, Greek, Italian, Minorcan, Seminole, and Slavic cultures throughout Florida. Recorded by Robert Cook, Herbert Halpert, Zora Neale Hurston, Stetson Kennedy, Alton Morris, and others in conjunction with the Florida Federal Writers' Project, the Florida Music Project, and the Joint Committee on Folk Arts of the Work Projects Administration, it features folksongs and folktales in many languages, including blues and work songs from menhaden fishing boats, railroad gangs, and turpentine camps; children's songs, dance music, and religious music of many cultures; and interviews, also known as "life histories." The online presentation provides access to 376 sound recordings and 106 accompanying materials - (dead link), including recording logs, transcriptions, correspondence between Florida WPA workers and Library of Congress personnel, and an essay on Florida folklife by Zora Neale Hurston. A new essay - (dead link) by Stetson Kennedy reflects on the labor and the legacy of the WPA in Florida, and an extensive bibliography, a list of related Web sites, and a guide to the ethnic and language groups of Florida add further context to the New Deal era and to Florida culture."
American Memory, Library of Congress

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum

  • Library & Digital Archives - Research Center - (dead link) "This site is designed to provide researchers with on-line access to primary source documents, photographs and other research material. Researchers may also view the indexes and finding aids of the various papers held at the Library, learn more about the Library's sound, film, and video collection, and gain information about Roosevelt Era Collections in other Repositories."
    • On-Line Documents - (dead link) Over 10,000 digitized documents available
      "The first batch of PSF documents to be digitized are those 6000 pages kept locked in FDR's White House safe that were known as the Safe Files. We have also digitized those portions of the Diplomatic Files pertaining to U.S.-Vatican relations during World War II, approximately 1,000 pages entitled the Vatican Files, as well as the German Diplomatic Files - (dead link), which contain over 2,000 documents concerning U.S. relations with Germany in the 1930s and 40s. These 9,000 pages can be viewed in original and text format."

The Grapes of Web
A Digital Companion To California's Statewide Reading Program
"'s contribution to this state-wide reading project. Through a constellation of freely-accessible Internet resources, travel with the Joads across the country and into Weedpatch Camp, explore the history of this novel's creation and its critical aftermath, then learn more about John Steinbeck, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the world of migrant agricultural workers." - Librarians' Index to the Internet

H-US1918-45: The New Deal and its Origins
Discussion Network
"...a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. H-US1918-45, The New Deal era and its Origins, provides a forum for research and teaching the history of the United States, from 1918 to 1945."

  • Resources for Teaching
    Sections include: Course Syllabi ; Historical Documents ; Primary Sources ; Photographs and Images ; Posters ; Maps ; Audio ; Songs and Music ; Video.

The Magpie Sings the Great Depression:
Selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's Literary Magazine, 1929-1941
"This website presents 175 poems, articles, and short stories and 270 graphics and photographs from The Magpie, encompassing the years 1929 to 1941. Taken together, they comprise a portrait of student life in New York City during the years of the Great Depression...The Magpie premiered many young writers and artists. James Baldwin's earliest published work can be found between its covers, as can the poetry and prose of photographer Richard Avedon, film critic Stanley Kauffmann, cultural critic Robert Warshow, and cartoonists Teddy Shearer and Mel Casson."

National Archives and Records Administration

  • 1930 Census Microfilm Locator
    "Welcome to our comprehensive guide to the 1930 census. Learn how the census was taken, which records survive today, and how to find microfilm that may contain your family's records

New Deal Network: A Guide to the Great Depression of the 1930s
"The New Deal Network is an educational web site sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College/Columbia University...Classroom Resources, including lesson plans, Web projects, and bibliographical materials...Online Resources on FDR and the Great Depression...Over 4000 Images from the National Archives, the FDR Library and other sources."

Student Activism in the 1930's
"During its peak years, from spring 1936 to spring 1939, the movement mobilized at least 500,000 college students (about half the American student body)..."
Includes essays and documents.
From New Deal Network: A Guide to the Great Depression of the 1930s

Surviving the Dust Bowl
Sections include: The Film & More ; Special Features ; Timeline ; Maps ; People & Events ; Teacher's Guide.
PBS - The American Experience

WPA Life Histories - (dead link)
Works Progress Administration - Virginia Life Histories
"...consists of approximately 1,350 life histories, social-ethnic studies, and youth studies; more than 50 interviews with former slaves, and a small number of folklore studies, all of which were created by the staff of the Virginia Writers' Project."
The Library of Virginia

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