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Works Progress Administration records

Identifier: MS-179

Content Description

Record Group 4. Most of the materials in the Works Progress Administration, Writers Project Series, Box 34 collection are likely working drafts for the publications Legends of the Sioux and the South Dakota WPA magazine, MSS (Manuscripts). Legends of the Sioux is a collection of Sioux legends complied by Sidney Bean and Wilbur Bordeaux, published by the South Dakota Writer’s Project. MSS (Manuscripts) was a publication for and by the Writers of the South Dakota Writer’s Project.


  • Creation: 1917 - 1942
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1936 - 1942


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research without restriction. Researchers are advised to contact the Archives and Special Collections prior to visiting. Advance notice may be needed to retrieve items for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers must obtain a signed Permission to Publish Form if they wish to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information from published and unpublished works held by ASC. Permission to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information materials from ASC does not constitute permission from the holder of copyright or literary rights. The researcher is responsible for securing permission from the copyright holder to publish or reproduce content from materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Works Progress Administration (later called the Works Projects Administration) was a work-relief program in the United States during the Great Depression. Within the WPA were separate projects, such as the Historical Records Survey and the Federal Writers' Project.


101.5 Linear Feet (113 document boxes, 14 card boxes, 2 oversize flat boxes, and 11 map drawers)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of documents from Works Progress Administration (later Works Projects Administration), a Great Depression era work-relief program in the United States. All of documents are from South Dakota projects and surveys.


The four record groups are separate collections in the Archives and Special Collections. Their boxes are labeled and shelved by archival collections.

Record Group 1. Works Progress Administration Papers: This group has two series: Writers’ Project Series and Historical Records Survey Series. Anthropological Schedule Series is included in the Writers' Project Series ... incomplete.

Record Group 2. Works Progress Administration, Original Drawings, South Dakota: ... incomplete.

Record Group 3. Works Progress Administration Maps: ... incomplete.

Record Group 4. Works Progress Administration, Writers Project Series, Box 34: This group is a small part of the Works Progress Administration Papers. It was separated from the rest of the collection for more extensive processing. This collection contains four series: Correspondence, Publication Documents, Writings, and Illustrations.

Works Progress Administration records
In Progress
Anne Hinseth for Box 34
2001 for Box 34
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository