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WPA Alabama Writer’s Project Collection

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Listed in African American, Employment Records, Oral Histories & Interviews

The Alabama Department of Archives and History has a WPA Alabama Writer’s Project Collection with former slaves’ stories, life histories, and more.

“The Works Progress Administration (WPA), the principal relief agency of the second New Deal, was an attempt to provide work rather than welfare during the Great Depression. Under the WPA, buildings, roads, airports and schools were constructed. Actors, painters, musicians and writers were employed through the Federal Theater Project, the Federal Art Project and the Federal Writers’ Project. This collection contains 145 folders (approximately 6,900 pages) of Federal Writers’ Project of Alabama material composed between 1936 and 1940. Primary topics covered in the collection are ex-slave tales, life histories, short stories, and folklore of Alabama life. The collection was digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah in 2007.”

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