Collection: Richards Studio Collection
(Unique: 737) Date: 07-29-1936 Description: Tacoma's Works Progress Administration ( W.P.A.) Band, totaling thirty musicians with instruments, was photographed by the Tacoma Times on July 29, 1936. The W.P.A. was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in May of 1935. It provided federally funded work relief during the Depression, including work for unemployed musicians. At the height of the program, 16,000 musicians were on the federal rolls. Photograph ordered by the Tacoma Times. (filed with Argentum) Subjects:Depressions--1929; Works Progress Administration (Tacoma); Bands--Tacoma--1930-1940; Musicians--Tacoma--1930-1940; Image type: Black & White Original negative: 8x10" Negative type: Eastman Safety film Rights: See Tacoma Public Library for specific rights and permissions.