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Civil Works Administration documents

Identifier: ahc.MSS794f

Scope and Content

This collection contains six Civil Works Administration documents that pertain to Atlanta, including a report of workplace injury and a daily report sheet from a project on Bell-Hill Street, an application for approval of a project on Taylor and Simpson Streets, reports for estimated project costs, and an automobile mileage report. Of special note is the scratch work and editing on several documents, as well as the subject of the injury report being an African American male noted as "colored" on the form. This collection also contains an invoice from Rand & Company, Inc. to W. F. King, a foreman of the Georgia CWA Planning Department.


  • 1934


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) created the Civil Works Administration (CWA) on November 9, 1933 under the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). The Civil Works Administration aimed to create temporary jobs for unemployed Americans by hiring them to work on public projects, with a specific goal supporting Americans through the winter of 1933-1934. Harry L. Hopkins (1890-1946) headed this short-lived program, which lasted only until March 1934. In Georgia, the CWA emerged from the already in-place Georgia Emergency Relief Administration (GERA), under the guidance of Ronald Ransom (1882-1947) as chairman. On January 4, 1934, leadership of the program transferred to Gay Bolling Shepperson (1887-1977). The CWA in Georgia worked on numerous projects, including road repair and maintenance, malaria control drainage, community sanitation, construction and repairs of public buildings and grounds, and waterworks and sewage. Notable projects include the repair of Grady Memorial Hospital; many projects on the Georgia School of Technology campus, such as the Naval Armory; and the Ocmulgee National Monument.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2010

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.
Civil Works Administration documents
Meredith Jones
May 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305