The goal of this website is to photographically document New Deal public works projects. In the 1930s and early 40s the United States federal government enacted programs to alleviate the hardships of the Great Depression. It was called the New Deal. Many of the projects completed by the CCC, WPA, and other agencies are still in use. You can see them in national, state, and local parks; reforested lands; airports, roads and bridges; and in your local post office and the art that decorates its walls.
We travelled across the country to explore and photograph a small number of these projects. We continue to look for interesting New Deal sites to photograph. You can see more of my photographs or contact me about ideas for this project at my main website: michaelsalinero.com.
In our hunt for New Deal locations to photograph, we are thankful for the following resources:
Living New Deal. The Living New Deal is a project at the University of California, Berkeley. It maintains a database and map of known New Deal locations. The goal of the Living New Deal is to research and preserve the legacy of the New Deal, and educate the public about that legacy.
CCC Legacy. This organization is working to preserve the history of the Civilian Conservation Corp. Their website includes many resources about CCC history, museums, CCC camps, and the locations of the CCC Worker Statues. The group also holds an annual gathering to celebrate and educate about all things CCC.
Several Flickr groups dedicated to the New Deal programs are useful for researching sites to visit, including: New Deal Legacy, CCC Architecture, WPA, and CCC Photos.
For a list of books about the New Deal and New Deal sites, we point you to The Living New Deal recommended book list. A few of these books we find especially useful are:
Our Mark on This Land by Ren and Helen Davis; Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America by Douglas Brinkley; When Art Worked: The New Deal, Art, and Democracy by Roger G. Kennedy.
New Deal Agencies
CCC – The Civilian Conservation Corp put young men, veterans, and male Native Americans to work doing conservation projects and restoring historic sites. Local experienced men were also employed to supervise the work and teach the CCC enrollees skills they needed for the job.
WPA – The Works Progress Administration, later called Work Projects Administration, put millions of unemployed skilled and unskilled Americans to work. Projects included parks, schools, libraries, roads, and courthouses.
PWA – The Public Works Administration provided financing or partial financing for large scale projects like dams, bridges, airports, and government buildings. Work was mostly done by private contractors.
To see a list of New Deal agencies and learn more, see this Wikipedia article: Alphabet agencies.