Trinity University Press

WPA Guide to South Dakota

The Prarie 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 to South Dakota, published in 1938 just as the monument at Mount Rushmore was completed, contains a detailed account of its construction, as well as striking photographs and line drawings of the Black Hills, ghost towns, and the Sioux.

WPA Guide to South Dakota cover
  • Price: $7.99
  • Pages: 421
  • Published: Oct 2013
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595342393


History, Regional, U.S. Midwest