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Links to Maryland WPA  and New Deal Information

Baltimore Sun Archives
As might be expected, this is a phenomenal resource for researching the history of the WPA in Maryland (or any other aspect of Maryland history).  It is a fee-based service, but well worth it if you have some historical topic you are especially interested in.
 

Conserving Memory: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Western Maryland
A 2011 Master's degree thesis by Colleen Esther Walter, written while in the graduate history program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Enoch Pratt Free Library--The WPA and America
The Enoch Pratt Free Library has some links related to the WPA on this web page.  The library actually held many of the WPA records for Maryland before they were transferred to the University of Maryland.

Fort Hill High School--History
This web page explains the involvement of the Public Works Administration and the WPA in the construction of Fort Hill High School, and the Fort Hill High School Football Stadium, in Cumberland.

Greenbelt, Maryland--A National Historic Landmark
This webpage describes Greenbelt's New Deal origins, and also highlights some of the WPA artwork located in the city.

Greenbelt Museum
Highlighted is New Deal-era artwork, architecture, household objects, etc.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The DNR makes several mentions of the CCC's work in Maryland:
Historical overview, part 1
Historical overview, part 2 (this page focuses on Maryland specifically)  
Fort Frederick State Park

Maryland Historical Trust--Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties

This is an excellent resource.  Click on the link above, then choose "Text Search," then type in "wpa" as your search term.  You should get over 200 hits to explore.  You might also try the search terms "works progress administration" and "work projects administration." 

National Park Service--Catoctin Mountain Park--Works Progress Administration

This NPS web page describes the involvement of the WPA in the development of Catoctin Mountain Park (Frederick County), which include the presidential retreat Camp David.  For those seeking even more detail, there is a report by Dr. Edmund Werlhe here.  There is a chapter titled "A New Deal for the Mountain."

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center--History/Natural History
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, part of the Patuxent Research Refuge near Laurel, Maryland, was a creation of the New Deal era.  Go to the link above and then click on "Patuxent's Early History."  When the pdf document loads, go to "Construction and Development of the Refuge" on page 13 to read about the role of the WPA and CCC in the development of these lands and facilities.   

University of Maryland Archives--Work Projects Administration in Maryland Records
The UM Archives has a large collection of WPA, and WPA-related, records and photographs.  The above link take you to the archive's finding aid.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs--Baltimore National Cemetery
A mention is made here about the WPA's involvement in the creaton of Baltimore National Cemetery.
 
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