This is a guide to library materials that will help students in LAAH 970, Major Artists: The WPA, complete their research assignments. If you have questions about this topic please contact Sara MacDonald in the Greenfield Library or the Music Librarian.
If you are interested in this topic, you may also find the subject guide on Communication to be very helpful.
The first place to look when beginning research on a topic is in reference material: specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias or handbooks. These allow you to check names, dates and places, find additional information, look up unknown terms, and check for the proper spelling of words. They are particularly helpful for finding basic background information on a topic, and are often the only place many students may need to look to find answers to their questions. They may include bibliographies (lists of additional materials on a topic, usually considered by the author to be the best materials on that topic) that you can use to find other materials.
Call numbers are for the Greenfield Library unless otherwise indicated.
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000.
Greenfield REF 973.9 St1e v. 1-5
The WPA Guide to Philadelphia / compiled by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; with a new preface by E. Digby Baltzell; and an introduction by Richard J. Webster. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988.
A reprint of a 1937 guide to Philadelphia. Not about the WPA, but a product of the WPA Federal Writers' Project. Greenfield REF 917.4811 P5304w 1988
Daily Life Through History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Pub. Group, 2007- .
An encyclopedia covering what daily life was like in the United States, broken down by broad time periods. Many primary source documents!
International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. Editors, Tom Pendergast, Sara Pendergast. Detroit, MI: St. James Press, c2000.
Greenfield REF 791.4303 In85 2000 v. 1-4
Volume 1: Films; Volume 2: Directors; Volume 3: Actors and Actresses; Volume 4: Writers and Production Artists.
Great place to look up directors such as Preston Sturges and films such as "Sullivan's Travels".
International Encyclopedia of Dance: A Project of Dance Perspectives Foundation, Inc.. Editor, Selma Jeanne Cohen; area editors, George Dorris ... [et al.]: consultants, Thomas F. Kelly ... [et al.]. NY: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Greenfield REF 793.303 In8d v. 1-6
Check the index in volume 6 for your topic. This title is also available as an online subscription on the library's Reference Sources Online page. If you are not on campus, you will be prompted to log in with your UArts email name and password.
Encyclopedia of Radio. NY: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2004.
Greenfield REF 791.4403 En19m v. 1-3
Check the index in volume 3 for your topic.
Encyclopedia of World Sport. Editors, David Levinson and Karen Christensen. NY: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Greenfield REF 796.03 En19ws
American Chronicle: Seven Decades in American Life, 1920-1989. NY: Crown, 1990.
Greenfield REF 973.9 G656a 1990
Check the index for Roosevelt, New Deal, WPA, etc.
Chronicle of the 20th Century. London; NY: Dorling Kindersley, 1995.
Greenfield REF 909.82 C468
The New York Times Guide to the Arts of the 20th Century. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2002.
Greenfield REF 700.904 N42 v. 1-4
This 4-volume set contains reprints of New York Times articles and reviews from 1900-1999 related to all the arts. An excellent resource for finding a primary source. Use the index in volume 4 to look up your topic.
This Fabulous Century. By the editors of Time-Life Books. New York: [1969-70]
Greenfield REF 909.82 C468
A decade-by-decade look at American life.
Our Times: The Illustrated History of the 20th Century. Editor in chief, Lorraine Glennon. Atlanta: Turner Pub. ; Kansas City, MO: Distributed by Andrews and McMeel, c1995.
Greenfield REF 909.82 Ou7g 1995
Use the University Libraries catalog to find books, videos, CDs, scores, journal titles, etc. To locate all of the materials the library holds on a topic, it is most efficient to search by Subject. Use the following subject headings in the online catalog. Be careful to follow the exact spelling and form. These subject headings are standard and are used in most libraries. Because government agencies are also publishers, some of them are listed here by author as well as subject.ADVERTISING--UNITED STATES--HISTORY
MURAL PAINTING AND DECORATION
MURAL PAINTING AND DECORATION, AMERICAN
FEDERAL AID TO THE ARTS
Author search: FEDERAL ART PROJECT
Subject search: FEDERAL ART PROJECT
Author search: FEDERAL THEATRE PROJECT (U.S.)
Subject search: FEDERAL THEATRE PROJECT (U.S.)
Author search: FEDERAL WRITERS' PROJECT
Subject search: WRITER'S PROGRAM (U.S.)
NEW DEAL, 1933-39
Author search: UNITED STATES. FARM SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
UNITED STATES--CIVILIZATION--20TH CENTURY
Subject search: UNITED STATES. FARM SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
UNITED STATES. WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION
Author search: UNITED STATES. WORK PROJECTS ADMINISTRATION
UNITED STATES. WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION
UNITED STATES--ECONOMIC CONDITIONS--1918-1945
UNITED STATES--SOCIAL CONDITIONS
UNITED STATES--SOCIAL CONDITIONS--1933-1945
UNITED STATES--SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS
UNITED STATES--SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS--1918-1945
Magazine and journal articles will always be the best place to look for current information on your topic. Periodical indexes are research tools that allow you to search for articles in journals and magazines.
Go to the library's Article Databases and Indexes page for a list of the UArts Libraries' subscription indexes. The WPA is a wide-ranging topic; ask a librarian to help you select the right one for your topic.
I've found articles I want to read. Now what?
There are different ways to find an article once you retrieve a citation in the index:
- See if there is a link in the index you're using to a full-text article online and download it or e-mail it to yourself.
- Check to see if our library holds the journal title. Look up the journal title or the ISSN*** in the catalog and look at the holdings.
- ***What is an ISSN? ISSN stands for International Standard Serial Number and is a unique number for a magazine or journal (not individual articles, but the magazine/journal title itself). You can use it in the UArts Libraries catalog and in many periodical indexes and databases. Searching with a number is much more precise than typing out a long title.
- Use interlibrary loan to request materials not owned by the UArts Libraries.
- See what other libraries in the area hold the journal.
When you find information on a topic, no matter what format it takes (book, journal, Web page), there are style manuals to show you the correct way to give cite those sources in a paper.
Below are just a few WPA-related sites that may be of interest to the University of the Arts community.
The American Presidency Project.
Created and maintained by the University of California, Santa Barbara. For fireside chats and other FDR media, select the "Media" link on the home page and then Franklin D. Roosevelt. Be sure to look at the Links from the home page as well.
AP stands for Associated Press. The UArts Libraries subscribe to this service, which means you can usually get a high-resolution image. Please note that these are not public domain photos; they must be cited properly, and, if used in anything other than educational work, users must get permission to publish them.
Bowling Green State University. University Libraries. Browne Popular Culture Library. Pulp Magazines.
"The BPCL, founded in 1969 and dedicated to the acquisition and preservation of research materials on American popular culture (post 1876), is the most comprehensive repository of its kind in the United States." This is indeed one of the earliest and best-known library collections of comic books, romance and detective stories, and the like. Great starting point! Be sure to read "About the Collections".
By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943
Part of the American Memory site from the Library of Congress (LOC), produced by the LOC Prints and Photographs Division. Be sure to read About the Collection and Collection Connections.
National Archives and Records Administration
A monster site! "The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever." from "About the National Archives and Records Administration". Numerous online exhibits, including "A New Deal for the Arts".