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THE WPA: AN EXHIBITION...



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Subject:        THE WPA: AN EXHIBITION...
Date sent:      Tue, 29 Sep 1998 15:05:05

                        Broward County Library's

                    Bienes Center for the Literary Arts
             The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections
                         and Rare Book Library

                         is pleased to announce
                            the opening of


                                THE WPA
            An Exhibition of Works Progress Administration (WPA)
               Literature and Art from the Collections of the
                   Bienes Center for the Literary Arts

                      OCTOBER 6-DECEMBER 31, 1998

            The exhibit contains 261 books, pamphlets, ephemera,
            works of art, and other items produced through the
            Works Progress Administration (WPA). Established by
            the federal government in the 1930s, the WPA provided
            jobs for the unemployed, first in the construction
            industries and later for artists, performers, musicians,
            writers, librarians, and other white collar professionals.

            Most of the items in the library exhibition were
            generated by two sub-agencies of the WPA, the Federal
            Writers' Project (FWP) and the Federal Art Project (FAP).
            The exhibit features the FWP's tour guides to the (then)
            48 United States and Alaska and Puerto Rico. Each state
            guide's dustjacket is illustrated in the 88-page catalog.

            Also part of the display are two paintings by the WPA
            artist Paul R. Meltsner; two architectural models from
            the Pennsylvania WPA; and several books with bindings
            by the Milwaukee Handicraft Project. Of particular local
            interest is a selection of 54 Florida books, pamphlets,
            and ephemera, with titles including BROOMCORN GROWING,
            FLORIDA SEAFOOD COOKERY, THE NEGRO SINGS, and SPANISH
            LAND GRANTS IN FLORIDA.

            The catalog accompanying the exhibition also includes
            the texts of three previously unpublished Florida Writers'
            Project works: THE HISTORY OF BROWARD COUNTY, by Frances
            H. Miner; LAUDERDALE, by Williamson; and PORT EVERGLADES
            by [anonymous]. A reprint of the journal article, TOURING
            FLORIDA THROUGH THE FEDERAL WRITERS' PROJECT is also
            included.

            Almost all of the printed pieces in the exhibition were
            donated to Broward County Library in 1986 by Jean
            Fitzgerald, a former Broward County Library Advisory
            Board member and a founder of the Broward Public Library
            Foundation. His gift of about 600 titles forms the core
            of the 1400-item WPA collection now housed in the Bienes
            Center for the Literary Arts. At an opening reception on
            October 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fitzgerald will discuss
            the evolution of his interest in the Federal Writers'
            Project materials, and Margaret Bing will present an
            overview of the WPA and its various agencies.

            The reception and exhibition are free and open to the
            public. The exhibition is open during regular Main Library
            hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.
            to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
            (The exhibit will also be available on the Bienes Center's
            web site, listed below, as of Oct. 15, 1998).

            To order a copy of the 88-page illustrated catalog, send
            a check or money order for $15.00 payable to the Bienes
            Center for the Literary Arts, (includes shipping and
            handling) (institutions will be billed) to the address
            below:


-----------------------------------------------
James A. Findlay
Librarian
The Bienes Center for the Literary Arts
The Dianne and Michael Bienes
  Special Collections and Rare Book Library     _______
Broward County Library                         /______/(
100 S. Andrews Ave.                           (_______(
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301                     (________(

954-357-8692 (phone)
954-357-6762 (Fax)

JFindlay@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (e-mail)

http://www.co.broward.fl.us/bienes


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