MsC 447

  Manuscript Register

RECORDS OF THE WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION: IOWA

Collection Dates: 1935 -- 1943
9 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242 - 1420
Phone: 319 - 335 - 5921
Fax: 319 - 335 - 5900
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Posted to Internet: February 1998

Acquisition Note: This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Mrs. John Scott in 1985.

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Table of Contents

Organizational history

Scope and contents

I. Series One -- General files

Box 1

II. Series Two -- Jefferson County

Box 1

III. Series Three -- Van Buren County

Boxes 1 -- 6

Organizational History

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established by the United States government in 1935 as part of the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act to create jobs for the unemployed. In 1939, its name was changed to the Works Projects Administration. The WPA, under the direction of Harry L. Hopkins, created millions of jobs for those who could work and responsibility for the unemployable (children, elderly, and disabled) was returned to the states. The WPA was mandated to choose projects which would not compete with the private sector while at the same time making genuine contributions. Consequently, many WPA projects concentrated on physical improvements such as building schools and highways, rural electrification, and reforestation. It also gave work to students, artists, musicians, and writers. They produced a series of state travel guides, public murals and sculptures, and brought music and drama to many small communities. Always controversial, the WPA was accused of waste, political manipulation, and even subversion. As the Great Depression drew to a close, so did the Works Projects Administration. The agency was dissolved in 1943.

Scope and Contents

The records of the Works Projects Administration: Iowa dates from 1935 through 1943, and measures six linear feet. These records are arranged in three series: 1) General files, 2) Jefferson County, Iowa, and 3) Van Buren County, Iowa. The general files contain such items as administrative orders, finance memoranda, and supervisor’s guides relating to the overall operations. The Jefferson and Van Buren County records concern specific projects, such as school lunch programs, county road work, and farm data surveys. These are documented with personnel records, time reports, inventories, payrolls, progress reports, and more.

WPA materials relating specifically to the Federal Theatre Project can be found in two additional collections held by the University of Iowa Libraries: the Don Farran Papers and the Edward C. Mabie Papers.

Box 1

 SERIES I: GENERAL FILES

Administrative letters, 1941 -- 1942.

Administrative orders, 1939 -- 1941.

Bulletins, 1936.

Correspondence, 1938 -- 1943. John Scott, county timekeeper.

Daily time reports, February 1939. All projects.

Employment letters, 1941 -- 1942.

Finance letters, 1940 -- 1941.

Finance memoranda, 1940 -- 1942.

Identification cards, 1940 -- 1942.

Memoranda, 1939 -- 1943.

Mileage reports, 1940 -- 1943. John Scott.

Miscellaneous, 1940 -- 1942.

Operations memoranda, 1936 -- 1941.

Project descriptions (#4204 -- 5911), n.d.

State procurement office, 1940 -- 1942.

Supervisor's guides, n.d.

Supervisory payrolls, 1942. All projects.

Supply fund letters, 1940 -- 1942.

WPA roster, n.d.

Weekly employment reports, 1940 -- 1943. Jefferson & Van Buren Counties.

Series II: Jefferson County

Project #5484 -- County roads, August -- December 1942.

Project #5744 -- County roads, April 3 -- July 6, 1942

Inventories.

Personnel records.

Production reports.

Property consumption reports.

Receipts.

Time reports.

Project #5911 -- Distribution of surplus commodities, April 22 -- July 20, 1942

Time reports.

Project #6006 -- School lunches, April 20, 1942 -- January 26, 1943

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project # 6049 -- Rifle range, April 8 -- July 6, 1942

Inventories.

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #6114 -- Library, April 22 -- October 6, 1942

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Series III: Van Buren County

Project #130 -- Gravel pit, December 1935[?] -- March 1936

Miscellaneous.

Project #149 -- Grading Roads, November 11, 1935 -- March 10, 1936

Certification of sponsor's contribution.

Inventories & requisitions.

Payrolls.

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #1092 -- Gravel pit, January 25, 1936 -- March 27, 1938

Allotment detalils.

Certification of sponsor's contribution.

Daily time reports.

Injury reports.

Inventories.

Lost time explanations.

Payrolls.

Personnel records.

Progress reports.

Purchase orders.

Rental equipment & safety affidavits.

Time reports.

Yardage tally sheets.

Project #1529 -- Gravel pit, January 25, 1936 -- April 28, 1937

Certification of sponsor's contribution.

Injury reports.

Personnel records.

Progress reports.

Rental equipment & safety affidavits.

Time reports.

Truck tallies.

Box 2

Project #2043 -- County roads, June 25 -- August 31, 1936

Certification of sponsor's contribution.

Equipment rentals.

Injury reports.

Personnel records.

Progress reports.

Time reports.

Project #2107 -- Grave registration, February 28 -- April 28, 1938

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #2206 -- County roads, September 1 -- November 5, 1936

Certification of sponsor's contribution.

Equipment rental.

Inventories.

Payrolls.

Personnel records.

Progress reports.

Purchases.

Time reports.

Project #2231 -- Survey maps, May 13 -- October 12, 1938.

Injury reports.

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #2287 -- - Educational, February 28 -- August 12, 1938

Time reports.

Project #2517 -- County roads, November 10, 1936 -- July 12, 1937

Certification of sponsor's contribution.

Equipment rentals & safety.

Injury reports.

Personnel records.

Progress reports.

Purchases.

Time reports.

Project #2582 -- Commodity, March 12 -- November 28, 1938

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #2877 -- Library, February 28 -- July 28, 1938

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #3053 -- Grading roads, July 13 -- August 28, 1937

Certification of sponsor's contribution.

Forms for transferring workers.

Injury reports.

Miscellaneous.

Payrolls.

Time reports.

Weekly reports of materials.

Project #3253 -- County roads, July 13 -- December 7, 1937

Certification of sponsor's contribution.

Daily time reports.

Equipment rental & safety affidavits.

Personnel records.

Progress & inventory reports.

Time reports.

Truck tally sheets.

Project #3324 -- Farmington Park, May 13, 1938 -- February 28, 1939

Injury reports.

Inventories.

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #3353 -- Sewing, February 28, 1938 -- February 28, 1939

Inventories.

Personnel records.

Time reports. 3 folders

Box 3

Project #3366 -- Old age assistance, July 13 -- August 28, 1938

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #3630 -- Town hall, April 13 -- October 27, 1938

Injury records.

Inventories.

Personnel records.

Schedules.

Time reports. 2 folders

Project #3706 -- Housekeeping aid, February 28, 1938 -- June 12, 1939

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #3715 -- Grave registration, April 28, 1938 -- April 19, 1939

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #3845 -- County roads, June 13 -- September 27, 1938

Equipment rentals.

Injury reports.

Inventories.

Payrolls.

Personnel records.

Progress reports.

Purchase orders.

Time reports.

Project #3992 -- Federal writers, August 9, 1938 -- June 30, 1939

Equipment inventory.

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #3993 -- Historical survey, September 16, 1938 -- August 31, 1939

Personnel records.

Time reports. 2 folders

Project #4015 -- Cemetery, July 13, 1938 -- June 13, 1939

Personnel records.

Personnel schedules.

Time reports.

Project #4048 --- Library, July 28, 1938 -- April 28, 1939

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #4062 -- Educational, August 12, 1938 -- March 27, 1940

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #4100 -- County shop, August 13, 1938 -- July 28, 1939

Expenditures.

Injury reports.

Inventories.

Personnel records.

Schedules.

Time reports. 2 folders

Box 4

Project #4193 -- Recreational, March 28, 1938 -- September 12, 1939

Personnel records.

Time reports. 2 folders

Project #4249 -- County roads, March 4 -- November 10, 1941

Certification of sponsor's contributions.

Daily time reports. 4 folders

Individual time reports.

Inventories.

Personnel records.

Production & distribution report.

Property consumption reports.

Purchase orders.

Receipts.

Time records. 3 folders

Time records, rented equipment.

Project #4367 -- Town hall, October 28, 1938 -- July 22, 1940

Injury reports.

Inventories.

Personnel records.

Purchase orders.

Time reports. 2 folders

Box 5

Project #4408 -- Commodity, November 28, 1938 -- March 28, 1940

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #4419 -- Cemetery, November 14 -- December 27, 1938

Equipment inventories.

Injury reports.

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #4633 -- Library, April 28, 1939 -- March 17, 1941

Personnel records.

Schedules.

Time reports. 2 folders

Project #4700 -- Sewing, February 28 -- April 13, 1939

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #4768 -- Sewing, April 13, 1939 -- April 28, 1940

Personnel records.

Time reports. 3 folders

Project #4785 -- Grave registration, April 19, 1939 -- July 22, 1940

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #4812 -- Land tax, September 28, 1939 -- March 28, 1940

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #4888 -- Housekeeping aid, June 13, 1939 -- August 19, 1940

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #4945 -- Federal writers, July 1 -- September 15, 1939

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #4960 -- County shop, August 28 -- December 28, 1939

Expenditures.

Inventories.

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #5002 -- Recreational, September 1, 1939 -- September 30, 1940

Personnel records.

Schedules.

Time reports.

Project #5009 -- Federal writers, October 2, 1939 -- January 15, 1941

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #5025 -- Historical records, November 13, 1939 -- July 22, 1940

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #5169 -- Farmington water system, March 13 -- September 30, 1940

Inventories.

Personnel records.

Time reports. 

Box 6

Project #5185 -- Educational, March 28, 1940 -- July 8, 1941

Personnel records.

Schedules.

Time reports.

Project #5188 -- Commodity, March 28, 1940 -- July 8, 1941

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #5289 -- Sewing, April 28, 1940 -- July 8, 1941

Personnel records.

Time reports. 3 folders

Project #5200 -- Recreational, October 1, 1940 -- November 10, 1941

Personnel records.

Schedules.

Time reports.

Project #5536 -- Farmington water system, October 29, 1940 -- November 10, 1941

Inventories.

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #5717 -- Library, March 18, 1941 -- August 17, 1942

Personnel records.

Schedule .

Time reports.

Project #5782 -- Farm data survey, May 27 -- December 22, 1941

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #5911 -- Commodity, July 28, 1941 -- July 20, 1942

Personnel records.

Schedules.

Time reports.

Project #6013 -- Recreational, November 11, 1941 -- June 30, 1942

Personnel records.

Schedules.

Time reports.

Work authorizations.

Project #6021 -- County roads, November 11, 1941 -- November 14, 1942

Equipment cost tickets.

Inventories.

Mileage reports.

Miscellaneous.

Production & distribution reports.

Property consumption reports.

Receipts.

Project #6033 -- Birmingham cemetery, December 9, 1941 -- July 20, 1942

Certifications.

Personnel records.

Requisitions.

Time reports.

Project #6040 -- Farm data survey, December 23, 1941 -- March 17, 1942

Personnel records.

Time reports.

Project #6100 -- Scrap drive, October 27, 1942 -- February 1, 1943

Correspondence.

Equipment operating reports.

Inventories.

Receipts.

Sample forms.

Time reports.

Project #6114 -- Library, August 18, 1942 -- January 4, 1943

Personnel records.

Time reports.

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