The Library of Virginia

Legacies of the New Deal in Virginia
April 14, 2003 -
December 6, 2003


Recording Our History: Writers and Artists

  • Federal Writers' Project

  • Virginia Writers' Project-Virginia Guide

  • Life Histories

  • Ex-Slave Narratives

  • Virginia Historical Inventory

Art for the People

  • Capturing Virginians on Film

For Teachers


The Library's bibliography The New Deal in Virginia (accessible here as a pdf file) contains many citations to books, articles, oral history interviews, and websites.  Below is a short list of published sources and links to selected websites.

Published Resources

Clark, Anne Miren. "'The Difficult Adventure of Our History': Murals and Memories in Richmond, 1939-1943." Virginia Cavalcade, 46 (1997): 196-213.

Heinemann, Ronald L. "Alphabet Soup: The New Deal Comes to the Relief of Virginia." Virginia Cavalcade, 33 (1983): 4-19.

Heineman, Ronald L. Depression and the new Deal in Virginia: The Enduring Dominion. Charlottesville, 1983.

Martin-Perdue, Nancy J. and Charles L. Perdue. Talk About Trouble: A New Deal Portrait of Virginians in the Great Depression. Chapel Hill, 1996.

Perdue, Charles L., Thomas E. Barden, and Robert K. Phillips. Weevils in the Wheat: Interviews with Virginia Ex-Slaves. Charlottesville, 1976.

"Shadows of an Era: The WPA Collection of Virginia Photographs" and "Shadows of an Era: The FSA Collection of Virginia Photographs." Virginia Cavalcade, 36 (1987): 128-143.

Virginia Writers' Project. Virginia: A Guide to the Old Dominion. 1941. Reprint. Richmond: Virginia State Library and Archives, 1992.


Columbia University: New Deal Network (

Library of Congress: America from the Great Depression to World War II ( and American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940 (

Library of Virginia: Virginia WPA Historical Inventory Project , WPA Life Histories Collection, and a comprehensive list of CCC newspapers (

National Archives: A New Deal for the Arts (