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Works Progress Administration, 1933-1965


Scope and Contents

From the Record Group:

This record group contains records created and mantained by the Department of Social Services as well as its divisions and offices. Records include administrative files; correspondence with other South Dakota government agencies and departments; photographs; case files related to specific persons and families, day cares, and nursing homes; board and commission meeting minutes and agendas; project files; and finally various publications including newsletters and pamphlets, and reports. These records range in date from 1936 to 2006.


  • 1933-1965


Due to the nature of responsibilities of the Dept. of Social Services, many records contain confidential information about individuals, which is restricted from public access. Restricted record series are identified in this guide.

Administrative History

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established by Executive Order 7034 of May 6, 1935 to operate a program of useful public works projects, and to aid employable needy persons by providing work on such projects. The name was changed to the Work Projects Administration on July 1, 1939, by Reorganization Plan I, which provided for the consolidation of the WPA into the Federal Works Agency. The WPA was discontinued in 1942.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services oversaw and administered WPA projects in South Dakota.


174.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

900 Governors Dr
Pierre South Dakota 57501 USA
605-773-6041 (Fax)