Trinity University Press

WPA Guide to Alaska

The Last Frontier State

Federal Writers' Project (contributor)

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these important books. John Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ralph Ellison are among the more than 6,000 writers, editors, historians, and researchers who documented this celebration of local histories. Photographs, drawings, driving tours, detailed descriptions of towns, and rich cultural details exhibit each state’s unique flavor.

The WPA Guide the Alaskan Territory takes readers across the Land of the Midnight Sun, from the North Slope to the Aleutian Islands. First published in 1939, the guide reports on the things that make this soon-to-be state unique—the influence of Alaska’s indigenous peoples, the thriving fishing industry, and the distinctive flora and fauna. 

WPA Guide to Alaska cover
  • Price: $7.99
  • Pages: 427
  • Published: Oct 2013
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595342003

Subjects

History, Regional, U.S. West