Selections of WPA Posters
The By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA,
1936-1943 collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters
produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal.
Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress's collection
of more than 900 is the largest.
These striking silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters were designed
to publicize health and safety programs; cultural programs including
art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism;
educational programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the District of Columbia.
The posters were made possible by one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts
and were added to the Library's holdings in the 1940s.
For more information on the WPA era posters go to
By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943
or read Posters of the WPA by Christopher DeNoon.