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Gay Bolling Shepperson photographs, 1935 – 1945 (VIS 77)

Gay Bolling Shepperson (1887 – 1977) was the administrator of three successive federal relief projects in Georgia: the Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA).  The Works Progress Administration was the federal agency responsible for administrating relief programs during the New Deal.  Shepperson was the only female to serve as a state administrator for the WPA.  This collection documents the activities of some of the various programs administered by the Works Progress Administration in Georgia.  Included among images of President Franklin Roosevelt and Gay Shepperson are photographs of infrastructure projects in rural and urban Georgia communities constructed under the program, as well as images of larger work relief projects.  The collection also includes images of classes and classrooms utilized for educational programs for adults and children. Photographs of the rural community of Pine Mountain Valley, Georgia, the site of a rural-industrial community funded by the WPA, is also documented.  

The Gay Bolling Shepperson collection contains 447 photographs, 437 of which are digitized and available on this database. 

To view the rest of the images, please visit the Kenan Research Center located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. Our hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Wednesday – Saturday. You may contact us by calling 404.814.4040 or emailing at reference@atlantahistorycenter.com.

Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 
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