FDR’s Alphabet Soup: Records from the Great Depression

Cath Madden Trindle

United States Housing Authority

1937 – in various forms to present

NARA RG 207 

Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services. (03/09/1943 - 09/15/1945)

Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services. (03/09/1943 – 09/15/1945)

The USHA was created by the Housing / Wagner-Steagall Act of 1937 (Pub.L. 75–412, 50 Stat. 888, enacted September 1, 1937). It has been reorganized and regrouped many times over the past seventy plus years.  Today the Department of Housing and Urban Development carries on it’s functions.

USHA provided subsidies from the U.S. government to local public housing agencies to improve living conditions for low-income families.

Living quarters for over 600,000 low income (often homeless) individuals were started in multiple localities. The programs created helped establish the direction of federal housing policy for the next 10 years, leading to the creation of the urban renewal program.

Look for records of projects at the local, regional, state and national level.

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Happy Holidays

Here are a few links to Library of Congress blogs and materials to get you in the holiday mood.

Songs of the Winter Season Collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell  Collected by the California Works Progress Administration 1938-1939.  Here you’ll find some wonderful ethnic and folk songs for the holidays.

Topics in Chronicling America: “Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?”  “In 1897, Virginia O’Hanlon writes to the New-York Sun with a simple question and the response goes on to become the most famous newspaper editorial ever published….This topic page provides useful information for searching about the famous “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” editorial in Chronicling America’s historic newspapers, including significant dates, associated search terms, as well as sample article links… Read more about it!”  Click on the links to the articles on the bottom to put yourself in a holiday mood.

Highlighting the Holidays: Tree Time at the Wright Brothers’ House

Highlighting the Holidays: A Kodak Moment

After checking out these holiday links take a side trip to the LOC Blog Page and sign up for those that interest you.

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Society Updates

Jan 2 – Vallejo-Benicia Genealogy Society – Genealogical Research Process
Check website or contact program chair for more information.

Feb 1 - The San Luis Obispo County (California) Genealogical Society (SLOCGS) will hold an all-day seminar, Genealogy NOW! New Millennium Skills to Grow Your Family Tree featuring Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, and other speakers

Feb 22, 2014 – CSGA Meeting and  San Joaquin Genealogical Society FREE SEMINAR REGISTER TODAY

Mar 29, 2014 – Chula Vista Genealogical Society is presenting a Spring Seminar 29 March at the Chula Vista Golf Course, presenters will be Jean and Butch Hibben. Great topics are picked. Save the Date. More to follow.

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