Federal Archives Survey Project

During its time of operation in Louisiana, the WPA and its predecessor agencies employed thousands of people and spent in excess of $175 million on projects ranging from construction and repair of the state's roads, streets, bridges, schools, public buildings, utilities, parks and playgrounds to sponsorship of art, theatre, writing and education projects, to conservation, invetorying and indexing of public records.

Naturally, the WPA's massive activities also produced miles of paperwork. This photograph, taken at the Army Supply base in New Orleans, shows WPA staffers working on the WPA's own voluminous records. The photograph was taken on December 14, 1938.

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