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Penn Museum Archives [Contact Us]
1935-1943
Creator:
Butler, Mary, 1903-1970, Creator
Fewkes, Vladimir, Creator
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
During the Great Depression President Franklin D. Roosevelt developed New Deal programs to return the country to work through relief projects. The most popular of these was the Works Progress Administration because it provided work for so many Americans. Large numbers were put to work building bridges, roads, public buildings, public parks and airports with nominal salaries subsidized by the federal government. In addition, tens of thousands of artists were funded to create murals and sculpture for public buildings, write plays and music and perform their work for an arts-hungry public. Between 1935 and 1942, the University Museum co-sponsored(with institutions such as the Fairmount Park Commission and the Pennsylvania Commission for the Fine Arts) at least eight Works Progress Administration projects as part of the State-wide Museum Assistance Program. Employee salaries for the WPA/University Museum projects were paid by the WPA; equipment, space, supplies, technical aid, and specimens were provided by the University Museum.
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Works Progress Administration Records
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Butler, Mary, 1903-1970, Creator Fewkes, Vladimir, Creator
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PU-Mu. 0040
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University of Pennsylvania Penn Museum Archives
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2.5 linear feet
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1935-1943
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During the Great Depression President Franklin D. Roosevelt developed New Deal programs to return the country to work through relief projects. The most popular of these was the Works Progress Administration because it provided work for so many Americans. Large numbers were put to work building bridges, roads, public buildings, public parks and airports with nominal salaries subsidized by the federal government. In addition, tens of thousands of artists were funded to create murals and sculpture for public buildings, write plays and music and perform their work for an arts-hungry public. Between 1935 and 1942, the University Museum co-sponsored(with institutions such as the Fairmount Park Commission and the Pennsylvania Commission for the Fine Arts) at least eight Works Progress Administration projects as part of the State-wide Museum Assistance Program. Employee salaries for the WPA/University Museum projects were paid by the WPA; equipment, space, supplies, technical aid, and specimens were provided by the University Museum.
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1930s 1940s
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Butler, Mary, 1903-1970 Fewkes, Vladimir Fairmount Park Commission (Philadelphia, Pa.). Jayne, Horace Howard Furness, 1898-1975 Johnson, Eldridge Reeves, b. 1867-d. 1945 University of Pennsylvania. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vaillant, George C., b.1901-d.1945
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