NNDPA History

This organization, since its inception, has made presentations about the New Deal activities at National Trust Annual Conferences in Santa Fe, Washington, Los Angeles, Cleveland and now this October in Denver. Annual Meetings are held while attending these conference which hopefully will encourage others to join us and help us with our mission and goals. We held our own conference in Chicago in May 2002 and it was varied in papers presented on the New Deal projects and numerous states were also represented. And we hope to do another one in the future.

Although we may be new, the participants have spent many years and much effort to further the causes of historic preservation and in stimulating academic interest in a critically understudied and significant period in the history of the United States.

This all started from ….

A NEW DEAL PLANNING SESSION; SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO; December 3-4, 1998

PURPOSE

Our purpose was to bring together people and organizations interested in New Deal activities and creations. A goal was to develop a presentation for the 1999 annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to encourage and support nationwide preservation of art and other creations of the New Deal era.

ORGANIZATION DEFINED

After considerable discussion about interests, scope, and organizational strategies, it was agreed that a national not-for-profit, organization should be formed immediately so that involvement and membership could be encouraged, goals established, fundraising started, publicity begun, and planning accomplished for presentations at conferences. Roy Lemons and Charles Singletary from the National Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni group encouraged inclusion of CCC projects and products in our scope and suggested the possibility of a mutually beneficial association with their organization.

MISSION

The following was agreed upon as the mission of our organization: to identify, preserve, document, and educate people about the legacy of the New Deal (1933-42) visual and performing arts, literature, crafts, structures and environmental projects.


NEW DEAL HISTORY        

KEY EARLY NEW DEAL LEGISLATION AND PROGRAM 1932-1937

1932  RECONSTRUCTION FINANCE CORPORATION (RFC)

1933 Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA)
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
Civil Works Administration (CWA)
Economy Act
Emergency Banking Act
Emergency Farm Mortgage Act
Farm Credit Administration (FCA)
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Federal Emergency Relief Act (FERA)
Historical American Buildings Survey (HABS)
Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC)
National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA)
National Labor Board (NLA)
National Recovery Administration (NRA)
National Youth Administration (NYA)
Public Works Administration (PWA)
Public Works of Art Project (PWAP)
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Truth-in-Securities

1934  Fair Labor Standards Act
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Indian Reorganization act.
National Housing Act
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture (Section)

1935 Emergency Relief Appropriation Act
Indian New Deal Administration (INDA)
Rural Electrification Administration (REA
Resettlement Administration (RA)
Social Security Board (SSB)
Soil Conservation Service (SCS)
Treasury Relief Art Project (TRAP)
Wagner Act
Works Progress Administration (WPA)
(changed in 1939 to Work Projects Administration) :
Federal Art Project (FAP)
Federal Music Project (FMP)
Federal Theatre Project (FTP)
Federal Dance Project (FDP)
Federal Writers Project (FWP)

Historical Records Survey (HRS)

1936   U.S. Maritime Commission
1937   Farm Security Administration (FSA)
Bankhead Jones Act

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