The Federal Writers' Project: A guide to materials held at the British Library
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By an unknown artist, 1936. Photolithograph. National Archives, Publications of the U.S. Government. (Y3w 892 8w89)
The Federal Writers' Project (FWP) was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on 27 July 1935 as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). As with so many of the New Deal programmes, the remit of the FWP - and its sister projects in art, music and theatre, known collectively as Federal One - was totally unprecedented. Prior to Federal One, the so-called 'Alphabet Agencies' of Roosevelt's Administration had focused their relief upon the provision of jobs to blue-collar workers in large-scale public works projects, primarily in construction and conservation. Yet, white-collar workers were not immune to the devastating impact of the Depression. In early 1935 the Writers Union and the Unemployed Writers Association demanded government action. Six months later, the four relief projects for those qualified in the fields of writing, art, music and drama were announced. This bibliography lists the British Library's holdings of works created by the Federal Writers' Project.