Websites on the Depression

MIT Opencourseware: Resources on the Depression
1930s history including Popular Culture, Prices, Events, Technology and Inventions
America in the 1930s
Documenting the 1930s: Text & Photo books
American History – 1930-1939
American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 – 1940
Anthology of Thirties Prose
Brother Can You Spare a Dime- The Effects of the New Deal & the Great Depression (Library of Congress)
Digital History
Do You Speak American . Sea to Shining Sea . Power of Prose . WPA | PBS
Great Depression Slang
National “New Deal” Preservation Association
New Deal Network
New Deal/WPA Art Project
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938
Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip
U.S. History – Great Depression
New York Times Topics: The Great Depression
The Great Depression: What Happened and How It Compares to Today

Online Articles on the Depression and Travel in the Thirties

The Migrant Experience
Andrew S. Gross – The American Guide Series: Patriotism as Brand-Name Identification – Arizona Quartery
Great Depression – A Short History of the Great Depression (
The Imact of New Deal Expenditures on Mobility
The Thirties by Warren Susman
Unmasking Writers Of the W.P.A. – The New York Times
W.P.A. Projects Left Their Stamp on the Region

Image resources

Photogrammer, Yale Univ. (170,000 Depression-era photos)
By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943
Digital History
New Deal Network Photo Gallery
Photographs of the Great Depression
Posters from the WPA: Collection Highlights 3. Travel and Tourism

Video & film online, from the Internet Archive

Chevrolet Leader News
City, The (Part I)
Conquering Roads
Internet Archive: Free Download: From Dawn to Sunset (Part I)
Our Daily Bread
Reefer Madness
See America First
Street of Memory
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The River (Part I)
The Trip
U.S. Thrilled As President Outlines Recovery Progress, 1933:10:23

Texts online, from the Internet Archive

America builds – The record of PWA
Brooks, Van Wyck, Three Essays on America
Brown, Rollo Walter, I Travel By Train
Dulles, Foster Rhea, America Learns To Play A History Of Popular Recreation 1607-1940
Highway transportation re-makes America
MacDonell, A. G., A Visit to America
Natarajan. K, Our Trip To America
New York State Economic Council, Is Your Town Red?
Roads To Travel – A Collection of Travel Selections
Full text of “The “Argonauts””

WPA Guides online

California – a guide to the Golden state
Dutchess county
Mississippi; a guide to the Magnolia State
Montana, a state guide book
New Jersey, a guide to its present and past;
The ocean highway- New Brunswick, New Jersey to Jacksonville, Florida
The Oregon trail, US 30; the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean;
U.S. one, Maine to Florida
Vermont; a guide to the Green Mountain state

Music in the Thirties

Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip
Manufacturing Memory: American Popular Music in the 1930s
American Folklife Center: Alan Lomax Collection
Some Music from the 1930s
WPA, the band