Library of Congress
The Great Depression
Historical context and ideas for integrating individual digital collections of primary sources into instruction.
- America from the Great Depression to World War II: Black and White Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945 (Summary and Teaching Resources)
- America from the Great Depression to World War II: Color Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945 (Summary and Teaching Resources)
- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection contains 2900 biographical interviews obtained during the Depression years of 1936-1940.
- Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project 1936-1938 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves collected as part of the Federal Writers
- Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present (Summary and Teaching Resources) Search this collection using the term "Civilian Conservation Corps" to locate examples of projects undertaken between 1933 and 1942.
- By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Works in this collection represent many programs from President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties. Collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell (Summary and Teaching Resources) This New Deal project contains more than 35 hours of recorded folk music.
- Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937-1942 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Completed as part of the Florida Works Project Administration program, this collection documents the music, history and culture of Florida.
- The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939 (Summary and Teaching Resources) The Federal Theatre Project was one of five arts-related projects established during the first term of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt under the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
- Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Explore the time period leading up to the Great Depression.
- Voices from the Dust Bowl: the Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection documents the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941.
- Washington as It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959 (Summary and Teaching Resources) In 1932, Horydczak photographed veterans of World War I who demonstrated in Washington in hopes of receiving financial assistance from the government.