Trinity University Press

WPA Guide to Arkansas

The Natural 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.

From densely forested land in the Ozark Mountains and Arkansas Timberlands to the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta, The WPA Guide to Arkansas, published in 1941, provides photographs, history, and driving tours through the state’s grand geography.

WPA Guide to Arkansas cover
  • Price: $7.99
  • Pages: 447
  • Published: Oct 2013
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595342034


History, Regional, U.S. South