University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Works Progress Administration Records, 1933-1943



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Works Progress Administration.
Title: Works Progress Administration Records
Dates: 1933-1943
Abstract: Manuscripts, typescripts, printed material, maps, and photographs document programs of the Works Progress Administration in Texas.
Accession No.: 1940s through 98-337
OCLC No.: 35824959
Extent: 928 ft., 10 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established as a national agency on May 6, 1935, by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as a relief measure during the Great Depression and lasted until 1943. The name was changed to Works Projects Administration in 1939. In Texas, the WPA helped 600,000 persons to provide subsistence for themselves and their families, predominantly by employment in construction projects. Other major programs included the Texas Historical Records Survey and the Texas Writers' Project. The Historical Records Survey hired historians, lawyers, teachers, and clerical workers to prepare inventories of unpublished records and documents of each governmental unit. The Writers' Project employed qualified persons to conduct research into the state's cultural history and its geographical points of interest, resulting in the publication of several state and local guides to Texas.


Scope and Contents

Manuscripts, typescripts, printed material, maps, and photographs document programs of the Works Progress Administration in Texas. Holdings include inventories of county records, state archives, and municipal archives; city and regional guides; legal research files related to Texas constitution and civil statutes; inventories of church archives; inventory of newspapers; general history and biographical material; history of the cattle industry from the writers project; and historical records publications such as county probate records and inventories and records of various federal departments. Transcripts of interviews with former slaves comprise sub-collection "Slave Narratives" of the Writers' Project.

Archivist’s note: For a more in-depth finding aid, see finding aid in Reading Room. See more complete listing for "WPA Records: Texas Historical Records Survey" and "WPA Records: Slave Narratives" in their respective finding aids.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these records is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Persons
Haley, J. Evetts (James Evetts), 1901-1995.
Allen, Winnie.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Works Progress Administration
Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas -- Archives.
Texas Historical Records Survey -- Archives.
Subjects
Archival surveys--Texas.
County government--Records and correspondence
Municipal government--Records and correspondence
Public records--Texas.
Public service employment--Texas.
Slavery--Texas.
Slaves--Biography

Related Material

See also Works Progress Administration: Slave Narratives; Culberson County Churches WPA; Federal Archives Report; Galveston (Tex.) WPA Guide Illustrations; Galveston (Tex.) WPA City Guide Transcripts; Galveston County (Tex.) Records Survey; Wichita Falls (Tex.) Historical Survey; Haley (James Evetts) Papers; Allen (Winnie) Papers; and Dallas (Tex.) Historical Narrative.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Works Progress Administration Records, 1933-1943, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Revised by Laurel Rozema, October-November 2009.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2J144, 2J186, 2R38, 2R208, 4Zg136-145, 3S205, Texas Historical Records Survey
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4D324-462, 4E1-432, 4F1-77 Survey records, by county
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4F78-85 Narrative reports, Districts 1-20, 1940
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4F86-106, 4F112-121, 4F123-124, 4F130-141, 4F146-147, 4F150-151, 4F153-184, 4F190-408, 4G1-98, 4G102-137, 4G147-160, 4G163-173, 4G178-183, 4G189-194, 4G198-202, 4G205-209 Probate cases and indexes
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4F107-111, 4J17, 4G213-216, 4H362 Cattle
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4F122-123, 4F125-130, 4F142-146, 4F150, 4F185-190, 4G99-101, 4G137-142, 4G160-163, 4G184-189, 4G194-198, 4H217-229, 4J23, 4J142-143, 4J152-157 Publications index and material
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4F126 Manuscript entries
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4F126-127, 4F142-144, 4F149 4G173-178, 4G203-205, 4J19-22, 4J24-124, 4J130-141, 4J145-151 Newspaper index and entries
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4F147-148, 4F151-4F153, 4G219-220, 4G223, 4H231-232, 4J125-129 General information and correspondence
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4F190 Index to Texas libraries
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4J296 Checklist of Texas Newspapers in UT Libraries
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4F277, 4G233 Commissioner’s court
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4G143 WPA Book
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4G143-147 Naturalization records
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4G221 County general information
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4G223-224 City historical notes
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4G224-225 County manuscripts
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4G225 City information
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4G235-480, 4H1-49 Historical Records Survey
Correspondence
Legal research
County materials
Abstracts of and citations to laws, acts, codes, etc.
Archives inventory
Maps
Assorted
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2R39 Statement of national program, 1939
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4G225, 4J217-231, 4J251-255 Texas state guide
General material
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4H229-231, 4J142-144, 4J158-185, 4J195-197 Tour information
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4G226-232 OK v. TX - Red River Boundary dispute
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4G234 Photostats of old documents
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4G83, 4H50-82, 4H84-142, 4H182-216, 4H247-266, 4H277-332, 4H363-375, 4H383-387, 4H391, 4H402, 4J186-194, 4J198-201, 4J243 City and county materials
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4G83, 4H162-182, 4J244-250 Texas Writer’s Project
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4H143-146 General Land Office
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4H146-162 Archives material
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4H233-244 Biographies
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2.325/L41 Key to index to biographies
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4H245-246, 4J152-157 Research material
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4H267-276, 3S139.5, 3T405h Photographs
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4H267-276 Negatives
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4H347-349 Servicemen’s guide
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4H349, 4M268 Indexes
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4H350 Factbook
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4H351-357 Editorial file
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4H357-361, 4J295, 3S456 Slave stories
(See more complete listing in WPA Records: Slave Narratives finding aid.)
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4H376-382,4H388-390, 4H392-401, 4H403-456, 4J1-17 County material and court minutes
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4J17 US Dept. of Agriculture
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4J18 Texas cowboys and ranches
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4J23 Ghost towns
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4J23, 4J152-157 General history
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4J152-157 "Hands that Built America"
Hispanic Society of America
"America Eats"
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4J202-210, 4M109 San Antonio material
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4J210-217 History and settlement of and flora and fauna in various counties
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4J251 Texas encyclopedia
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4M111-112, 4M267, 4M269-277, 4N8o, 4N56l Scrapbooks and bound volumes
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4K565, 4L87 Maps
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4J310-313 Archives of Louisiana
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2.325/H64a-c, 2.325/H65a-c, 2.325/H66a-c, 2.325/H67a-c, 2.325/H68a-b Card index card to WPA files, arranged by subject, geographical location, and date, 1936-1941