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FDR’s Alphabet Soup: Records From the Great Depression

SSA – Social Security Agency 1934 – Present RG 47 Cath Madden Trindle Drawn by climate and activity, thousands of elderly Americans flocked to southern California during the roaring twenties. Their comfortable living came to an abrupt halt as many lost … Continue reading

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FDR’s Alphabet Soup: Records From the Great Depression

Miscellaneous Agencies Cath Madden Trindle Before delving into the genealogical wonders of WPA records in a future issue, it is worth mentioning some of the “other” Alphabet Soup agencies and boards set up during the Franklin Roosevelt administration.  Whether your … Continue reading

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FDR’s Alphabet Soup: Records From the Great Depression

It is always great to be able to recommend a website for our genealogical research.  In this case Yale University, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities has created Photogrammar an online archive of images of the Great … Continue reading

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FDR’s Alphabet Soup: Records of the Great Depression

 Works Progress (Project) Administration 1935-1943   NARA RG 69  Cath Madden Trindle Established on 6 May 1935, the goal of the Works Progress Administration was to relieve unemployment through the creation of jobs.  It succeeded FERA and the CWA, both created … Continue reading

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FDR’s Alphabet Soup: Records From the Great Depression

The WPA might have shut down in 1943, but some projects took years more to complete. Among those is San Francisco’s last WPA project, the Rincon Annex Post Office. The building’s architect was Gilbert S. Underwood (Ahwanee Hotel in Yosemite). … Continue reading

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