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AskArt they also have posted an article about New Deal/WPA art.

Edan Hughes (author of “Artists in California 1786 – 1940 II”)

Resource Library Magazine America’s Magazine for Representational Art

World Wide Arts Resources This is a directory site that can make your internet search easier!

California Digitization Project Over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections are available.

Chicago Historical Society – The CHS Research Center is closed on Sundays and Mondays. The Research Center is open to the public without charge. The Research Center is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. They are developing an on-line research tool to be called Archie, the searchable on-line catalog that includes materials in all CHS collections except costume, decorative and industrial arts, painting, and sculpture. At this time, Archie is not operational. Other research tools are collection-specific and are available only in the Research Center. For more information about research and collections at the Chicago Historical Society, please contact the Research Center at (312) 642-4600.

Non-Art WPA project records at NARA
Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States Alphabetical Index:

Doing Research at the Archives of American Art You can borrow microfilms from the Archives of American Art through interlibrary loan. Follow the steps in the “Guide to Using AAA Microfilm

American Art The journal, American Art, is now available on-line. This publication is produced by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (

Artcyclopedia A commercial art gallery with a searchable database of artists’ biographies and art links. “We have compiled a comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources. We have started out by covering the biggest and best sites around, and have links for most well-known artists to keep you surfing for hours. We have now indexed 700 leading arts sites, and offer more than 24,000 links directly to an estimated 80,000 works by 7,000 different artists.”

Art Institute of Chicago
The Ryerson Library in the Art Institute has an online catalogue of its holdings. I’d recommend using it if researching an Illinois artist or prior to a research outing to the AIC. This site has free access to biographies of artists. The only limitation is that they list only US artists. Their art sales records are available only by subscription This is a large index of biographical information on various artists, some from the New Deal era.

Center for New Deal Studies“Welcome to the Center for New Deal Studies at Roosevelt University. Our Center contains a remarkable book collection on the Roosevelts and the New Deal, photographs, videotapes, oral histories, manuscript collections, and thousands of pieces of ephemera. The Center supports lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and research. Materials do not circulate, but are available to Roosevelt students and researchers for study.”

New Deal Cultural Programs Experiments in Democracy by Don Adams & Arlene Goldbard

The New Deal Network 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.”Been Here So Long”: Selections from the WPA American Slave Narratives presents seventeen selected interviews. The feature includes classroom activities, online resources, and an introductory essay by Mark Krasovik. Work—Study—Live: The Resident Youth Centers of the NYA is a personal account of an innovative project of the National Youth Administration written by Gordon Halstead, Project Director of the NYA Resident Work Center in Lima, New York. Past Features from the New Deal Network, including Dear Mrs. Roosevelt, TVA: Electricity for All and Rondal Partridge, NYA Photographer Over 500 articles, speeches, letters and other texts, organized by Subject, Author, Publisher, and Date.”

Smithsonian Institute Research Information System (SIRIS) SIRIS has six catalogs available for searching. They include: Library Catalog; Archives & Manuscripts Catalog; Art Inventories Catalog; Peter A. Juley & Son Collection Catalog; Research/Bibliographies Catalog; Smithsonian Chronology Catalog.

Smithsonian American Art Museum The main exhibit hall for the SAA Museum is housed in the old Patent Office Building in Washington, DC. They also have a full program of exhibitions and events at its Renwick Gallery (near the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W.). The Museum maintains an on-line reference desk called “Ask Joan.” The SAA Museum Library specializes in American art history and biography. The library is open to the public at 750 – 9th Street, N.W., Washington, DC from 10 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday. For information, call 202-275-1912.

The Social Security Administration History Page The SSA maintains the SSA History Archives, the SSA Historian’s Office, In-depth Research resources into Early Issues, Special Collections, Reports & Studies, Speeches & Articles among other matters of interest to researchers.

If you want to see what a certain post office looks like, check out the Post Mark Collectors Club (PMCC) Photo page at: