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This site is intended to provide a basic introduction to the Works Process Administration.

Linking profiles to this site is a way to provide additional information about the work that people did in the 1940's.

In the 1940 census many individuals are identified as working for the WPA.

The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. In a much smaller but more famous project, the Federal Project Number One, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. - Works Progress Administration at Wikipedia.

The Wikipedia article continues providing a good introduction to the WPA.