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ART/HIS 318: Museum Studies

Resources for Works Progress Administration exhibit research

Museum Studies Research

Country Post (1938), mural by Doris Lee for the Ariel Rios Federal Building, Washington, D.C.

This guide was created to help students in Museum Studies find information for, scholarship on, and original works of art completed during the Works Progress Administration's (WPA) Federal Art Project in the 1930s and 1940s, during FDR's New Deal. For more help, please contact Hillary Richardson ( or Derek Webb (

Suggested Keywords

The following are suggested search terms for gathering information about and context for the WPA Federal Arts Project. Use these terms in the online catalog, databases, and online:

  • New Deal 
  • Public Art
  • "Federal Art Project"
  • "Federal aid to the arts"
  • Art, American -- 20th Century
  • Art and State -- United States
  • Index of American Design
  • "Treasury Section of Fine Arts" OR "Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture"