W.P.A. Writer's Project Atlanta photographs

W.P.A. Writer's Project Atlanta photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration.
Title: W.P.A. Writer's Project Atlanta photographs
Dates: circa 1940
Quantity: 0.3 Linear feet (1 half box, 1 oversized folder A)
Coll. Number: ms2860

Biographical/Historical Note

The WPA Federal Writers Project was a program established in the United States in 1935 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as part of the New Deal struggle against the Great Depression. It provided jobs for unemployed writers, editors, and research workers. Directed by Henry G. Alsberg, it operated in all states and at one time employed 6,600 men and women. The American Guide series, the project's most important achievement, included guides for every state and territory (except Hawaii), as well as for Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Philadelphia; for several major highways (U.S. 1, Ocean Highway, Oregon Trail); and for scores of towns, villages, and counties. The state guides, encyclopaedic in scope, combined travel information with essays on geography, architecture, history, and commerce. The project also produced ethnic studies, folklore collections, local histories, nature studies-a total of more than 1,000 books and pamphlets. Encyclopedia Britannica Online http://www.britannica.com (Retrieved September 15, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of sixty photographs of Atlanta-related scenes, showing buildings, homes, downtown views, parks, sports, recreation, etc. Photographs include images of the Atlanta Municipal Airport, City Hall, Emory University, the Gone With The Wind premier, and Spelman College among others.


Arranged in alphabetical order.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--Photographs.
Emory University. -- Photographs
Public buildings--Georgia--Atlanta--Photographs.
Spelman College. -- Photographs
United States. Works Progress Administration.
William B. Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport. -- Photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W.P.A. Writer's Project Atlanta photographs, circa 1940. MS 2860. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: W.P.A Writer's Program photographs of Georgia; Works Progress Administration in Georgia, 1936 - photographs, 1936.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Abreuer Home
2All Saints Church
3Atlanta Municipal Airport
4Baltimore Block
5Calhoun (Andrew) House
6Cathedral of Christ the King
7Church of the Immaculate Conception
8Church (unidentified)
9City Hall
10Re. Civil War (3 photos)
13Emory University. Law Building
14Emory University. Theological Building (2 photos)
15Glenn Memorial Methodist Church (2 photos)
16 Gone With the Wind-Premier
17Gordon (John) Monument
18Grady (Henry W.) Monument
19Housing Projects, Apartments, etc. (3 photos)
20Inman (Mrs. Edward) Home
21Inman (Mrs. Samuel M.) Home
22Kimball? Building
23Nunnally (Hugh) Home (2 photos)
24Ogden (John M.) Home
26Parks, Recreation, Sports, etc. (8 photos)
27Peachtree St. Residence
28Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
29Post Office Annex
30Residential Areas (4 photos)
31Rhodes Memorial Hall
32Spelman College. Listers Chapel
33State Capitol (3 photos)
34View. 1867
35Views, Downtown (5 photos)
36Wren Nest
OS Folder
1AStone Mt.