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Record Group 69 - Records of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)

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    The Work Projects Administration (WPA) provided jobs to unemployed workers on public projects sponsored by federal, states, or local agencies. African Americans were involved in many of these work relief projects.

    Clusters: New Deal

    Textual Records

    General Administrative and Operational Correspondence, 1933-1935

    National Archives Identifier: 655647

    Selected Categories

    General Subject Files [Civil Works Administration], 1933-1934

    National Archives Identifier: 1692918

    Monthly Statistical Reports of Movement of Transient Cases and Individuals, 1933-1934

    National Archives Identifier: 1817997

    State Files [Education Division], 1933-1935, 1935-1938

    National Archives Identifier: 1910368 and National Archives Identifier: 1910372

    Subject Files [Federal Emergency Relief Administration], 1933-1936

    National Archives Identifier: 1693419

    Transient Camp Newsletters, 1934-1935

    National Archives Identifier: 1127038

    Moving Images

    We Work Again, 1937

    National Archives Identifier: 12322; Local Identifier: 69.6
    This motion picture has been digitized.

    Photographic Materials

    Federal Theater Project Central Files, 1935-1939

    National Archives Identifier: 518797; Local Identifier: 69-TC

    Selected Categories
    • Negro Unit - "Plantation Days" Northern California
    • Negro Unit - Actors and Publicity S. California
    • "Black Empire" White and Negor Units Southern California
    • Negro Unit - Emperor Jones Conn.
    • Negro Unit - Porgy Conn.
    • Negro Unit - "Heaven Bound" Atlanta, Georgia
    • Negro Unit - "Macbeth" New York City
    • "Beauty and the Beast" Negro Unit Oklahoma

    Federal Theater Project State Files, 1935-1939

    National Archives Identifier: 518801; Local Identifier: 69-TS