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Finding Aid for the Federal Writers' Project of California records, 1930-1942
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Records of the Southern California section of the Federal Writers' Project, including writing and research for the WPA Guide to California, the Los Angeles guide, the local history research material (never published), art object inventory, records of personnel, war and civilian defense material, and administrative documents. The bulk of material focuses on Guide Book research and material for Los Angeles and other Southern California regions.
The Federal Writers' Project began in 1935 under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal program, as part of the Works Progress Administration. Employing writers, researchers, editors, historians, and other field workers, FWP is best known for compiling the American Guide Series books that detailed the histories of each state. This collection is from the Southern California branch of the FWP and contains essays and research relating to city and county government, social and cultural institutions, commerce and industry, arts and culture, sports and recreation, local history and folklore, war and civilian defense, and municipalities and cities, as well as numerous other subjects used toward FWP assignments. The program ended in 1943 after state and federal sponsorship halted.
206 document boxes (103 linear ft.) 1 oversized box (1 linear ft.) 1 flat box (.5 linear ft.) 1 oversized folder (3 linear ft.)
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.