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Federal Writers Project

Author of Gumbo Ya-Ya: A Collection of Louisiana Folk Tales

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The Federal Writers' Project (later known as the Writers' Program) was a project/program of the Works Progress Administration (later known as the Work Projects Administration, called the WPA for short). The WPA also funded other projects like the Federal Artists' Project. Please do not combine the Federal Writers' Project and the WPA.

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Works by Federal Writers Project

New Orleans City Guide (1938) 86 copies
The WPA Guide to Minnesota (1938) 70 copies
Maine: A Guide "Down East" (1937) 58 copies
Legends of the Mighty Sioux (1941) 51 copies
Arizona: A State Guide (1940) 51 copies
These Are Our Lives (1939) 48 copies
Oregon, End of the Trail (1940) 40 copies
A South Dakota Guide (1938) 36 copies
Death Valley: A Guide (1939) 33 copies
Utah: A Guide to the State (1941) 33 copies
Monterey Peninsula (1941) 31 copies
Cape Cod Pilot (1937) 30 copies
The Negro in Virginia (1994) 26 copies
Montana: A State Guide Book (1939) 26 copies
Tennessee Slave Narratives (1941) 20 copies
Chicago and Suburbs, 1939 (1989) 20 copies
The Ohio Guide (1940) 20 copies
Birds in Florida (1942) 20 copies
U.S. One: Maine to Florida (1938) 19 copies
Kentucky Slave Narratives (1941) 16 copies
The Berkshire Hills (1939) 12 copies
New Castle on the Delaware (1937) 12 copies
Portland city guide (1940) 10 copies
Mount Hood: A Guide (1940) 10 copies
Arkansas Slave Narratives (2006) 10 copies
A Guide to Key West (1941) 9 copies
Georgia Slave Narratives (2006) 9 copies
Ghost Towns of Colorado (1947) 8 copies
The Italians of New York (1938) 8 copies
Almanac for Thirty-Niners (1938) 5 copies
Florida seafood cookery (2004) 5 copies
Bergen county panorama (1941) 5 copies
Savannah (1972) 4 copies
Matawan, 1686-1936 (1936) 4 copies
Port Arthur (1940) 4 copies
Whaling Masters (1938) 4 copies
South Carolina Folk Tales (1975) 3 copies
A trip on many waters (1940) 3 copies
Fairhaven, Massachusetts (1939) 3 copies
Story of Bees 2 copies
Nauvoo guide (1983) 2 copies
Massachusetts 2 copies
Augusta (1938) 2 copies
Old Princeton's neighbors (1939) 2 copies
Rockford 1 copy
Pennsylvania cavalcade (2016) 1 copy
Pennsylvania Cavalcade (1942) 1 copy
Palmetto Place Names (1941) 1 copy
Galena guide 1 copy
The Apache 1 copy
Portage 1 copy
New Orleans City Guide (1938) 1 copy
Whaling Masters (1987) 1 copy
Death Valley: A Guide (1939) 1 copy
A Bid for Liberty (1937) 1 copy
Hoosier Tall Stories (1939) 1 copy


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Disambiguation notice
The Federal Writers' Project (later known as the Writers' Program) was a project/program of the Works Progress Administration (later known as the Work Projects Administration, called the WPA for short). The WPA also funded other projects like the Federal Artists' Project. Please do not combine the Federal Writers' Project and the WPA.



This guide is only average. It only contains 2 sections: the general type state discussions and the tours. There is no major city descriptions.
ulmannc | May 10, 2024 |
Skimmed the first part and glanced at cities, tours and index. Best chapters were history, food and agriculture
ulmannc | 1 other review | Dec 26, 2023 |
If you can understand and read heavy Negro dialect, then you will enjoy this book. It took me a few chapters to get into the groove and read fluidly. I personally believe this to be one of the most important history books of all time. You hear directly from the survivors of slavery, themselves, of where they came from, their experiences as a slave, and what they did following freedom, without the fluff or the lies or the changing of history. This volume consists of interviews of all persons who were brought to Texas as slaves from the east coast in and around 1858, at the cusp of the Civil War. Interviews were performed just in time, as all the ex-slaves were now very old, from about 86 years to over 100 years old.
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MissysBookshelf | Aug 27, 2023 |
Gumbo Ya-Ya: A Collection of Louisiana Folk Tales by Lyle Saxon, Robert Tallant (1945), 1st edition, hardcover (no jacket), 581 pages.

I was able to find this rare first edition (1945) for my Louisiana book collection for $50 on eBay from the Catholic Charities of NE Kansas in Overland, KS. All proceeds went to charity.

A very unique read! The extended title is a little deceiving. This was mostly centered around Creole folklore and many religious superstitions in, specifically, New Orleans in early 1940’s. But, there were many odd stories presented by way of real life interviews with a few elders of the city of New Orleans describing their memories of certain events that actually took place and some photos included to go along with the stories. Not all of the stories in this book are folklore; some are actually true. You can also Google some of the other people he writes about and actually find old photos of them online. These stories you may never hear or read about anywhere else. It seems they were gathered just in time, as some of the interviewees were in their 80’s and 90’s in the early 1940’s when these interviews were taking place. They would have been born between about 1850 and 1860 and would have seen a lot of changes over their lifetime. If you are Creole, or have Creole blood, you will find this book extremely interesting. Who knows, you might even find your ancestor’s name mentioned. I looked forward to each chapter because it was a completely different story on something that happened in New Orleans. Some stories were very intriguing, while others, I yawned my way through.… (more)
MissysBookshelf | 1 other review | Aug 27, 2023 |



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