WPA exhibit

Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 09:44:42 -0400 (EDT)

                               THE WPA
            An Exhibition of Works Progress Administration (WPA)
               Literature and Art from the Collections of the
                   Bienes Center for the Literary Arts

                      OCTOBER 6-DECEMBER 31, 1998

The exhibit contains 261 books, pamphlets, ephemera, works of art, and other items produced through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Established by the federal government in the 1930s, the WPA provided jobs for the unemployed, first in the construction industries and later for artists, performers, musicians, writers, librarians, and other white collar professionals. Most of the items in the library exhibition were generated by two sub-agencies of the WPA, the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) and the Federal Art Project (FAP). The exhibit features the FWP's tour guides to the (then) 48 United States and Alaska and Puerto Rico. Each state guide's dustjacket is illustrated in the 88-page catalog. Also part of the display are two paintings by the WPA artist Paul R. Meltsner; two architectural models from the Pennsylvania WPA; and several books with bindings by the Milwaukee Handicraft Project. Of particular local interest is a selection of 54 Florida books, pamphlets, and ephemera, with titles including BROOMCORN GROWING, FLORIDA SEAFOOD COOKERY, THE NEGRO SINGS, and SPANISH LAND GRANTS IN FLORIDA. The catalog accompanying the exhibition also includes the texts of three previously unpublished Florida Writers' Project works: THE HISTORY OF BROWARD COUNTY, by Frances H. Miner; LAUDERDALE, by Williamson; and PORT EVERGLADES by [anonymous]. A reprint of the journal article, TOURING FLORIDA THROUGH THE FEDERAL WRITERS' PROJECT is also included. Almost all of the printed pieces in the exhibition were donated to Broward County Library in 1986 by Jean Fitzgerald, a former Broward County Library Advisory Board member and a founder of the Broward Public Library Foundation. His gift of about 600 titles forms the core of the 1400-item WPA collection now housed in the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts. At an opening reception on October 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fitzgerald will discuss the evolution of his interest in the Federal Writers' Project materials, and Margaret Bing will present an overview of the WPA and its various agencies. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. The exhibition is open during regular Main Library hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. (The exhibit will also be available on the Bienes Center's web site, listed below, as of Oct. 15, 1998). To order a copy of the 88-page illustrated catalog, send a check or money order payable to the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, for $15.00 (includes shipping and handling) (institutions will be billed) to the address below:
James A. Findlay Librarian The Bienes Center for the Literary Arts The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library _______ Broward County Library /______/( 100 S. Andrews Ave. (_______( Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 (________( WEB SITE


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