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1.

Beet Sugar
Philadelphia: Works Progress Administration, National Research Project in cooperation with National Bureau of Economic Research, 1938. First Edition. Quarto (25.5cm.); original blue laminated printed wrappers; xxiv,190pp.; illus. Some bubbling to lamination, wrappers rather worn from handling, else About Very Good. Forms part of the series Productivity and Employment in Selected...
[Item #25846]
Price: $50.00
 
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The Negroes of Nebraska
Lincoln: Woodruff Printing Company, 1940. First Edition. Octavo. Staple-bound pamphlets. Printed, textured orange wrappers; 48pp; illus. Minor external soil; Very Good. Illustrated after drawings by Paul Gibson. Very nice copy.
[Item #15127]
Price: $40.00
 
The Negroes of Nebraska
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Photographic Album Documenting the Activities of Civilian Conservation Corps Co. 297, Kanona, NY and Heppner, OR
C.C.C. Company 297 moved from Kanona, New York to Heppner, Oregon in late 1936. The images in this album document the cross-country move in detail, including way-stops in Denver and Boone, Colorado. Includes many captioned of the lads at work, laying dams and bridges, cutting wood, preparing meals, etc. A....
[Item #19382]
Price: $1,500.00
 
Photographic Album Documenting the Activities of Civilian Conservation Corps Co. 297, Kanona, NY and Heppner, OR
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Photographic Archive of Civilian Conservation Corps Camps in California and the Mountain West
ca. 1933-1936. A charming assemblage of images of Civilian Conservation Corps camp life, catalogued as received, all apparently documenting the career of one CCC youth, identified only as "Jack," from ca. 1933 to 1936. Locales identified in the photographs include Zion National Park; Hornbrook, California; and several identified simply as...
[Item #18879]
Price: $1,200.00
 
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The Dam
New York: Random House, 1941. First Edition. HANNA 1084. A WPA novel following the fortunes of a wealthy builder who, after losing everything in the Depression, finds redemption as a laborer on a dam project. Ellison (1908-1981) published two works of Depression-era fiction, then went on to a long and...
[Item #11765]
Price: $75.00
 
The Dam
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22 Democratic Party Campaign Broadsides for the Presidential Campaign of 1936
[Washington, D.C.]: Democratic National Campaign Committee, 1938. An apparently complete set of twenty-two broadsides trumpeting the accomplishments of FDR in his first term and warning against the regressive social and fiscal policies of the Republicans. Each broadside on a different theme: Housing; the WPA; Trade Policy; Taxes; Farm Relief, etc....
[Item #18829]
Price: $850.00
 
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The People's Films: A Political History of U.S. Government Motion Pictures
New York: Communication Arts Books / Hastings House, 1973. First Edition. Thorough history of U.S. Government-sponsored documentary filmmaking, including much on the work of Pare Lorentz and the U.S. Film Service during WWII and the Cold War. Uncommon in cloth. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 238pp. Clean, tight and unmarked in...
[Item #16531]
Price: $50.00
 
The People's Films: A Political History of U.S. Government Motion Pictures
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American Points of View: 1936
Garden City: Doubleday Doran, 1937. First Edition. Essays on contemporary events, culled from a variety of contemporary American periodicals.Contributors include Joseph Wood Krutch, Sinclair Lewis, Max Eastman, Clarence Darrow, Ernest Hemingway, others. Notably includes Hugo Johanson's essay "Bread Line," reprinted from the Atlantic Monthly, and Louis Adamic's "Education on a....
[Item #16368]
Price: $40.00
 
American Points of View: 1936
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A New Deal for Youth: the Story of the National Youth Administration
New York: Viking Press, 1938. First edition. Like its sister organization the CCC, the NYA was a sub-division of the WPA intended to provide work and training for out-of-work youth; unlike the CCC, most members lived at home, and women also participated. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 315pp; illus. Tight, straight...
[Item #16187]
Price: $60.00
 
A New Deal for Youth: the Story of the National Youth Administration
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Aquatint: "Play," from the portfolio SIX AMERICAN ETCHINGS (SERIES 1)
New York: New Republic, 1924. Hayes Miller was a student of Kenyon Cox and William Merritt Chase at the Art Students' League, where he became an influential teacher in his own right. Several of Miller's students, including Reginald Marsh and Raphael Soyer, went on to successful and influential careers of...
[Item #10135]
Price: $300.00
 
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Di Idishe landsmanshaften fun Nyu York / The Jewish Landsmanschaften of New York
New York: I.L. Peretz Yiddish Writers' Union, 1938. First Edition. The Yiddish landsmanschaftn (or "home town clubs") were first formed by Eastern European immigrants in the late 1800s to provide a community for prayer, mutual-aid, and financial support of their villages of origin. The current work is the first full-scale...
[Item #14816]
Price: $175.00
 
Di Idishe landsmanshaften fun Nyu York / The Jewish Landsmanschaften of New York
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New Theatre. Vol II, no 11 (November, 1935)
New York: The New Theatre League and New Dance League, 1935. First Edition. The pre-eminent pictorial monthly of political theatre and film during the Red Decade of the Thirties; individual issues in original wrappers are increasingly uncommon. This issue includes a review of Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times"; a long letter...
[Item #20564]
Price: $60.00
 
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New Theatre. Vol II, no 12 (December 1935)
New York: The New Theatre League and New Dance League, 1935. First Edition. The pre-eminent pictorial monthly of political theatre and film during the Red Decade of the Thirties; individual issues in original wrappers are increasingly uncommon. This issue includes an interview with Duke Ellington regarding the recent Theatre Guild...
[Item #20566]
Price: $35.00
 
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New Theatre. Vol III, No. 6 (June, 1936)
New York: The New Theatre League and New Dance League, 1936. First Edition. The pre-eminent pictorial monthly of political theatre and film during the Red Decade of the Thirties; individual issues in original wrappers are increasingly uncommon. This issue includes Carl Dreher's "Parade Ground Art - The German Film Under...
[Item #20556]
Price: $45.00
 
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New Theatre. Vol III, No. 7 (July, 1936)
New York: The New Theatre League and New Dance League, 1936. First Edition. The pre-eminent pictorial monthly of political theatre and film during the Red Decade of the Thirties; individual issues in original wrappers are increasingly uncommon. This issue Includes Mark Marvin's "A Call For A National Theatre;" "Theatre and...
[Item #20559]
Price: $45.00
 
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New Theatre. Vol III, No. 2 (February, 1936)
New York: The New Theatre League and New Dance League, 1936. First Edition. The pre-eminent pictorial monthly of political theatre and film during the Red Decade of the Thirties; individual issues in original wrappers are increasingly uncommon. This issue Includes the Clifford Odets monologue "I Can't Sleep;" "Air Raid Over...
[Item #20560]
Price: $60.00
 
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New Theatre. Vol III, no 9 (September 1936)
New York: The New Theatre League and New Dance League, 1936. First Edition. The pre-eminent pictorial monthly of political theatre and film during the Red Decade of the Thirties; individual issues in original wrappers are increasingly uncommon. This issue includes Angna Enters on the workers' theatres of Spain ("Spain Says...
[Item #20562]
Price: $40.00
 
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New Theatre. Vol III, no 5 (May 1936)
New York: The New Theatre League and New Dance League, 1936. First Edition. The pre-eminent pictorial monthly of political theatre and film during the Red Decade of the Thirties; individual issues in original wrappers are increasingly uncommon. This issue includes a Lee Strasberg review of Norris Houghton's "Moscow Rehearsals;" Roi...
[Item #20563]
Price: $50.00
 
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New Theatre. Vol III, no 4 (April, 1936)
New York: The New Theatre League and New Dance League, 1936. First Edition. The pre-eminent pictorial monthly of political theatre and film during the Red Decade of the Thirties; individual issues in original wrappers are increasingly uncommon. This issue includes a profile of John Ford by Emanuel Eisenberg; the first...
[Item #20565]
Price: $85.00
 
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Typed Letter, Signed. 2pp, to Ben Shahn, dated 31 July 1967
Camp LaGuardia, NY: 1967. A warm and personal letter from Shahn's old friend and fellow FSA photographer, including and commenting on two poems Locke has written: "...a bit of formal verse has crowded into my mind, four-square...I'd not send you these trivia, except as evidence that my heart is beating...
[Item #14212]
Price: $450.00
 
Typed Letter, Signed. 2pp, to Ben Shahn, dated 31 July 1967
21.

Original watercolor: "Gypsy Camp"
ca. 1924. An attractive and evocative image by Ohio artist Earl Neff (1903-1993), an American regionalist best known for his 100-foot-long mural (still extant) in the Cleveland headquarters of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. Neff was a prolific muralist, completing no fewer than seventeen public projects during his...
[Item #19766]
Price: $850.00
 
Original watercolor: "Gypsy Camp"
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FDR and the Arts: The WPA Arts Projects. An Exhibition in the Stokes Gallery in the New York Public Library Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. January through March 1983
New York: New York Public Library, 1983. First Edition. Small quarto. Pictorial card wrappers; [16 pp]; illus. Trivial external soil; Near Fine. Exhibition catalog; photographic illustrations (halftones) throughout.
[Item #25652]
Price: $20.00
 
FDR and the Arts: The WPA Arts Projects. An Exhibition in the Stokes Gallery in the New York Public Library Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. January through March 1983
23.

This Question of Relief
Washington DC: Public Affairs Committee, 1936. First Edition. Staple-bound pamphlet; illus.; 32pp. Light wear and sunning to extremities; page edges sunned, else a clean and sound copy.
[Item #9063]
Price: $18.75
 
This Question of Relief
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Hilltop Russians in San Francisco. Pictures by Pauline Vinson [Limited Edition]
[San Francisco]: James Delkin, [1941]. First Edition. Reproduces thirty of Pauline Vinson's watercolor portraits of members of the Potrero Hill religious colony of San Francisco, with introductory text and image captions by Saroyan. Vinson's portraits were originally produced for the Works Projects Administration. Limited to 500 copies printed at the...
[Item #21153]
Price: $250.00
 
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Heartbreak Hotel: A Novel of Depression Days
New York: Exposition Press, 1958. First Edition. Self-published novel set in a hotel for transient workers in rural Utah during the Great Depression. Only published work by this Utah author; the story is apparently based upon her personal experiences with the Transient Relief Program during the Depression. Uncommon; not in...
[Item #15682]
Price: $125.00
 
Heartbreak Hotel: A Novel of Depression Days


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