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Work Projects Administration Collection,

Identifier: 1959-232

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the administrative records, research files, and miscellaneous documents of the Work Projects Administration, the Writers' Program and their predecessors in New Mexico. Administrative records (series I, 1935-1943) include correspondence, typescript drafts of proposed sections for a guidebook and various other records. Research files from the Federal Writers' Project in New Mexico (series II-XII, 1909-1971) were created and collected under the direction of State Director Ina Sizer Cassidy and pertain to New Mexico topography, archaeology, folklore, counties, place names, religion, ranching, mining, Indian history, Spanish history, and other related subjects. Included are typescript manuscripts pertaining in particular to Hispanic and New Mexican culture by various authors, and cowboy writings by Nathan Howard Thorp. Miscellaneous documents include a copy of the Historical American Buildings Survey and some New Deal legislation and materials.


  • 1909-1971 (bulk 1930-1946)
  • (1935-1943)
  • (1930-1942)
  • (1936-1940)
  • (1936-1939)
  • (1909-1939)
  • (1936-1937)
  • (1934-1939)
  • (1936-1938)
  • (1936-1971)
  • (1935-1939)
  • (1936-1946)
  • (1930-1933)
  • (1938-1942)
  • (1938-1941)

Language of Materials


Historical Note

The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.), a federal agency, was created as part of the New Deal in 1935. The Federal Writers' Project was a subdivision of the Works Progress Administration. In 1939 the Works Progress Administration became the Work Projects Administration and the Federal Writers' Project became the Writers' Program.


12 Linear Feet


Collection is organized into fourteen series:
  1. I. Administration (1935-1943)
  2. II. Topography (1930-1942)
  3. III. Archaeology (1936-1940)
  4. IV. Place names (1936-1939)
  5. V. Indians (1909-1939)
  6. VI. History (1936-1937)
  7. VII. Grazing and livestock (1934-1939)
  8. VIII. Folk dramas (1936-1938)
  9. IX. Miscellaneous history (1936-1971)
  10. X. Cultural history (1935-1939)
  11. XI. County history (1936-1946)
  12. XII. New Deal (1930-1933)
  13. XIII. Inventory of federal archives (1938-1942)
  14. XIV. Miscellaneous (1938-1941)

Separated Material

Photographs received with the collection are housed and cataloged separately.


Contact Information

  1. New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
  2. Archives and Historical Services Division
  3. 1205 Camino Carlos Rey
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
  5. Phone: 505-476-7908
  6. Fax: 505-476-7909
  7. Email:
  8. URL:


Inventory of the Work Projects Administration Collection, 1909-1971 (bulk 1930-1946)
Edited Full Draft
Processed by Louellen Martinez
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Language of description note
Finding aid is in English.

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1959-232::Work Projects Administration Collection)//EN" "nmar959-232.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Repository

1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe NM 87507
(505) 476-7948