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Title WPA Interview Collection
Call Number MSS 13
Extent 1 box
Dates of Creation 1936-1940
Creator Works Progress Administration
Scope & Content The collection contains interviews done by the Works Progress Administration of older members of Clay County towns about their lives. The interviews touch on various subjects relating to the local history of the area. All interviews took place between 1936-1940.
Admin/Biographical History The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was one of the largest agencies created by Roosevelt's New Deal. One of the projects that the WPA undertook was to collect life histories from regular people to help document the lives of the interviewees and in a lot of cases some of their family history to get a better idea of how the people in the area lived at the turn of the century up until when the interview was completed. The interviews were done as part of the Folklore Project which was an offshoot of the larger Federal Writer's Project which was one of the larger initiatives of the WPA to find work for unemployed writers at that time.
Subjects Works Progress Administration
Oral History
Great Depression
Clay County (Minn.)
System of arrangement The interviews are arranged alphabetically the last name of the person being interviewed. They are arranged alphabetically within their folder so it is important that researchers keep everything in the order that they find it.
Access Conditions There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law.
Copyrights The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright of the state of Minnesota which may be involved in the use of this collection.
Language of Material English
Archival History Donated to Clay County Historical Society by the WPA, ca. 1940's
Containers Partial Index
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B
C
D
E
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
R
S
T
U
V
W
XYZ