General Sources

“Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers’ Project” Online Site Support Notebook


Banks, Ann.
First-Person America. New York: W. W. Norton, 1991.

Bold, Christine.
The WPA Guides, Mapping America. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999.

Botkin, B.A.A., and Jerrold Hirsch, eds.
Lay My Burden Down: A Folk History of Slavery. University of North Carolina Press, 1987.

Brewer, Jeutonne P.
The Federal Writers’ Project: A Bibliography. Scarecrow Press, 1994.

Carter, Ennis.
Posters for the People: The Art of the WPA. Quirk Books, 2008.

Fleischhauer, Carl, and Beverly W. Brannan, eds.
Documenting America, 1935–1943. University of California Press, 1988.

Flynn, Kathryn, and Richard Polese.
The New Deal: A 75th Anniversary Celebration. Gibbs Smith Publishers, 2008.

Hirsch, Jerrold.
Portrait of America: A Cultural History of the Federal Writers’ Project. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Hobson, Archie.
Remembering America: A Sampler of the WPA American Guide Series. Columbia University Press, 1985.

Mangione, Jerre.
Dream and the Deal: The Federal Writers’ Project, 1935–1943. Boston: Little, Brown, 1972; also Syracuse University Press, 1996.

Meltzer, Milton.
Violins and Shovels: The WPA Arts Projects. Delacorte Press, 1976.

Penkower, Monty Noam.
The Federal Writers’ Project: A Study in Government Patronage of the Arts. University of Illinois Press, 1977.

Taylor, David.
Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America. New Jersey: Wiley & Sons, 2009. Note: This book contains an Appendix with an extensive array of resources for readers and travelers.

Taylor, Nick.
American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work. New York: Bantam, 2008.

Weiland, Matt, and Sean Wilsey, eds.
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. HarperCollins, 2008.

Weisberger, Bernard, ed.
The WPA Guide to America: The Best of 1930s America as Seen by the Federal Writers’ Project. New York: Pantheon, 1985.

Willard, Pat.
America Eats: On the Road with the WPA. New York: Bloomsbury, 2008.

Articles and Essays

Botkin, B.A. “We Called it ‘Living Lore.’”
New York Folklore Quarterly, Fall 1958. B.A. Botkin was the FWP folklore consultant and editor.

Brinkley, Douglas. “The Depression’s WPA Had Its Own ‘Write stuff.’”
Houston Chronicle, August 5, 2003.

Brinkley, Douglas. “Unmasking Writers of the W.P.A.,”
New York Times

Mangione, Jerre. “Federal Writers’ Project.”
New York Times, May 18, 1979, p. 2.

Taylor, David A. “A Noble and Absurd Undertaking” (The Federal Writers’ Project gave Depression-era writers a second chance...and America its first comprehensive self-portrait).
Smithsonian Magazine, March 2000.