The Wonders of the WPA Poster Collection

The following is a guest post by Hanna Soltys, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs Division.

The Work Projects Administration (WPA) Poster Collection is one of the Library’s treasures. We’ve hosted many orientations in person and online about these posters, and this time we’re offering an introduction to the collection during the evening hours!

On Thursday, July 7, at 7:00pm EST, I will host a virtual webinar that discusses the collection history, topical themes represented in the posters, and how to download images. I will share some of my favorite poster designs, such as this reading-focused one by Arlington Gregg.

A book mark would be better! Poster by Arlington Gregg, between 1936 and 1940. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.31264

In addition, the presentation will discuss the different types of processes you can find among the more than 900 posters, including silkscreens, lithographs, and woodcuts, as seen in the example below, encouraging visits to the zoo.

Visit the zoo. Woodblock print, between 1936 and 1941. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ds.08248

To our knowledge, the Library holds the largest known collection of WPA Posters, and plenty more examples and designs will be shown during the webinar. Join us!

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