New York City Federal Writers' Project records for 1935 to 1943

Accession ACC-2008-048. Unprocessed - MSS. MSS papers and collections


The accession consists of drafts and completed manuscripts, notes, printed material, galleys, and administrative material. The manuscripts and notes can be handwritten or typescript. The Federal Writers' Project in New York City was organized to utilize the skills of unemployed writers, particularly journalists. The Project planned publications in the following topical areas: local guides; ethnic histories; natural histories; literary history and fiction; biographies; social and historical studies; and studies of contemporary institutions, most with a New York City focus. Each topical area represents several book or pamphlet length projects (some published, some unpublished) which comprise the record group's sixty-four series, such as "New York City Guide;" "Spanish Book" (unpublished); "American Wildlife;" and "Feeding the City" (unpublished). The material was written as short articles to be edited. The collection was given to the Municipal Reference Library in 1943, processed, and microfilmed by the Municipal Archives in 1993. Arranged alphabetically.

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