The Works Progress Administration of 1935 created a Federal Art Project to support artists and provide collection and exhibit
maintenance and reference material to museums during the Great Depression. The National Parks Service carried out one such
Federal Art Project at the Southwest Museum, with some work being completed at the Los Angeles Museum of History, Art, and
Science (now the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County) from 1936 to 1937. The records, photographs, and works of art
on paper document this Federal Art Project, and include one of two sets of documentary photographs made during this endeavor;
the other under the custodianship of the National Parks Service. The main focus of this documentation and collection of reference
material was historic and contemporary culture and life in the Southwest, including Native American tribes of the Southwest
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a relief measure established in 1935 by executive order. From 1935 until its end
in 1943, the WPA employed more than 8.5 million people and established almost 1.5 million projects, including construction
of roads, dams, schools and other public facilities, murals in public buildings, written guides to each state, and the Historical
Records Survey. Administrative control of these projects was turned over to the states in 1939.
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