Images of the Month Gallery
May 1999
This month we bring you an additional 11 images from the Louisiana Division's WPA Photograph Collection, chosen from among the 7000+ negatives that make up the bulk of the collection. These photographs represent several projects conducted by the WPA in New Orleans: the creation of an air raid map for the city, the construction of the Naval Reserve Air Base on the Lake Pontchartrain shore, the creation of educational exhibits, various projects relating to public records, and archeological digs.

Information about some of the photographs was taken directly from the identifications supplied by the WPA staff itself (probably by the WPA's publicity arm). For some photos, additional research was necessary to complete the captions.

The images presented here are samples from our continuing project to scan the WPA negatives and to create a database cataloging the images. Link here to view the portion of the database completed to date.

And link here for a description of other WPA materials at New Orleans Public Library.

Click on the images below to see a larger version of the photograph and a brief description of what it shows.

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