April 8, 1935 – The Works Progress Administration is formed when the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 becomes law. It was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of people to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. The WPA also employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.
Works Progress Administration promotional poster, c.1937
Works Progress Administration On April 8, 1935, Congress approved the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935, the work relief bill that funded the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Created by President Franklin Roosevelt to relieve the economic hardship of the Great Depression, this national works program (renamed the Work Projects Administration beginning in 1939) employed more than 8.5 million people on 1.4 million public projects before it was disbanded in 1943.
The Works Progress Administration: Timeless Lessons on Design and Government from the 1930s