Dows, Olin. The New Deal’s Treasury Art Programs: A Memoir.

Fowler, Harriet. New Deal Art

Garbrick, Robert, Barbara Markham and James Curtis. “The Great Depression and the Arts: A Unit of Study for Grades 8-12” (OAH and National Center for History in the Schools, 1998).

Harris, Jonathan. Federal Art and National Culture: The Politics of Identity in New Deal America.

Kalfatovic, Martin. The New Deal’s Fine Arts Projects: A Bibliography, 1933-1992.

McDonald, William F. Federal Relief Administration and the Arts: The Origins and Administration of the Arts Projects of the WPA.

McKinzie. The New Deal for Artists.

Marling, Karal Ann. Wall-to-Wall America: A Cultural History of Post-Office Murals in the Great Depression.

Mavigliano, George J. and Richard A. Lawson. Federal Art Project in Illinois, 1935-1943.

O’Connor, Francis. Art for the Millions.

O’Connor, Francis. The New Deal Art Projects: An Anthology of Memoirs.

Park, Marlene and Gerald Markowitz. Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal.

Park, Marlene and Gerald Markowitz. New Deal for Art.

Wooden, Howard E. American Art of the Great Depression.

Images and Artists

Alone in the Crowd: Prints of the 1930s-1940s by African-American Artists

Baigell, Matthew. The American Scene: American Paintings of the 1930s.

Caro, Julie Levin. Allan Rohan Crite: Artist Reporter of the African American Community.

DeNoon, Christopher. Posters of the WPA.

Harrison, Helen and Lucy Lippard. Women Artists of the New Deal Era: A Selection of Prints and Drawings.

King-Hammond, Leslie. Black Printmakers and the WPA.

New York/Chicago: WPA and the Black Artist.

Painting America: Mural Art in the New Deal Era.

Soby, James Thrall. Ben Shahn: Paintings.
Ben Shahn: Graphic Arts.

Unbroken Circle: Exhibition of African-American Artists of the 1930s and 1940s.


Becker, Heather. Art for the People: The Rediscovery and Preservation of Progressive and WPA-Era Murals in the Chicago Public Schools, 1904-1943.

Gambone, Robert. Art and Popular Religion in Evangelical America, 1914-1940.

Long, Franklin. Confessions of a Depression Muralist.

Other Region-Specific Sources:

Phagan, Patricia. The American Scene and the South: Paintings and Works on Paper, 1930-1946.

South Carolina State Museum. New Deal Art in South Carolina.

Stewart, Rick. Lone Star Regionalism: The Dallas Nine and their Circle, 1928-45.

Wisconsin’s New Deal Art

Other institutional resources

Art Institute of Chicago, Marvin A. Ryerson Library
Chicago Historical Society
Chicago Public Library
Illinois State Archives
Illinois State Museum


Art Institute of Chicago: Chicago The City in Art

Chicago Mural Conservation

American Life Histories, FWP, 1936-1940 (Library of Congress)

The African American Mosaic: WPA African American Artists (Library of Congress)

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