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An online image database of over 7,000 advertisements printed mainly in U.S. newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955, from the J. Walter Thompson Company Competitive Advertisements Collection at Duke University. The advertisements included in the site are drawn and include examples selected from five major categories: Beauty and Hygiene; Radio; Television; Transportation; and World War II.

America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945.
This Library of Congress American Memory Collection includes 1,600 color and 55,0000 black and white photographs of rural and small town America during the late 1930s and scenes of the defense and war mobilization effort from 1935-1945.

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940.
Typescript interviews from the Federal Writers' Folklore Project offering the recollections of Americans from many walks of life. These life histories are introduced by a brief presentation entitled "Voices from the Thirties: Life Histories from the Federal Writers' Project," by Ann Banks. (Library of Congress, American Memory Collection)

The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture—Cornell University
The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) is an electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science, forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science. Texts are available in image, text and pdf formats.

FDR Cartoon Archive
An online archive of editorial cartoons from the Basil O'Conner collection at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. Created by Niskayuna High School's AP Computer Math class and AP United States History.

The Fireside Chats
Located on the Mid-Hudson Regional Computer Center Web site.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum
The Web site of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, the first of the Presidential Libraries, contains biographical information on Franklin and a finding aid to the collections there. The site is maintained by Marist College.

John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip Collection
This multiformat ethnographic field collection includes 686 sound recordings, as well as photographic prints, fieldnotes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts documenting folksingers and folksongs discovered on the Lomax's three-month, 6,502-mile trip through eight Southern states: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. (Library of Congress, American Memory Collection)

LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives hold a number of collections of interest to historians of New York and urban reform. For each collection, finding aids and searchable document, artifact, and photograph databases are provided. The latter offers access to collectively thousands of images online.

National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives has placed many New Deal-era collections online, including Lewis Hine's TVA photo series. These images can be found by searching the NAIL database.

The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939
Includes playscripts, production materials, photographs, and administrative records selected from the output of a New Deal WPA arts project. The featured plays are Macbeth, Power, and The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus. (Library of Congress, American Memory Collection)

Voices from the Dust Bowl
Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. This collection consists of audio recordings, photographs, manuscript materials, publications, and ephemera generated during two separate documentation trips supported by the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center). (Library of Congress, American Memory Collection)

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930
This SUNY Binghamton Web site consists of editorial projects and primary documents that speak to the history of women in reform movements in the U.S, including many important precursors to the reforms, reform movements, and participants of the New Deal.

The WPA California Folk Music Project
Includes sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in Northern California. This New Deal project was organized and directed by folk music collector Sidney Robertson Cowell for the Northern California Work Projects Administration. (Library of Congress, American Memory Collection)