Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 260
United States. Work Projects Administration
Iowa Project Photographs, 1935-1940, undated

Descriptive summary

creator: United States. Work Projects Administration
title: Iowa Project Photographs
dates: 1935-1940, undated
extent: 10 document boxes
collection number:

MS 260

repository: Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights: Consult Head, Special Collections Department
preferred citation: United States, Work Projects Administration Iowa Project Photographs, MS 260, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Historical note

This collection contains 1271 photographs of Work Projects Administration (WPA) projects done in Iowa during the years 1935 to 1940. The collection is divided into two sections. The first is arranged by the five Iowa WPA districts. Within each district, photos are arranged alphabetically by county. Within each county, rural projects are listed first, followed by those in specific towns. The second portion of the collection is arranged by the type of project involved, i.e., "Farm to Market Roads," "Sewing Rooms," "Stadiums and Swimming Pools." Throughout the collection, the dates the pictures were taken, and the project numbers, if known, are included.

Of special note are photographs of a visit made by Eleanor Roosevelt to Des Moines, Iowa on June 8, 1936. Her main purpose in visiting the city was to deliver a commencement address at Drake University, but a portion of her day was devoted to viewing WPA project sites. These sites included a sewing room, a riverfront improvement project, and the Negro Community center at 15th and Crocker. Photographs of Mrs. Roosevelt at these sites can be found in file 8/49.


Container list

Finding aid is availablie in the Special Collections and University Archives.