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This scrapbook contains newspaper clippings chronicling the activities of the Works Progress Administration in Arkansas from 1938-1941 alphabetically by county. Topics include WPA construction projects like schools, roads, and airports as well as statewide programs like school lunches, drought relief and educational programs, but the projects vary by county. It also covers administrative changes and legal issues faced by the WPA.
Floyd Sharp was the state administrator of the Works Progress Administration in Arkansas during the Great Depression. A native of Tennessee, he moved with his family to Garland County, Arkansas, in 1907. After serving in World War I, he worked as a printer for the Hot Springs, Arkansas, New Era newspaper while earning a law degree. He then served as an attorney for the state Labor Department.
In 1936 he was the principal author of a publication concerning the work of federal relief agencies in Arkansas, "Development and Administration of Emergency Programs, Traveling Recovery Road: The Story of Relief, Work-relief and Rehabilitation in Arkansas, August 30, 1932 to November 15, 1936." Later he served as war manpower director for Arkansas, and as state director of the War Assets Administration, 1942-1945. From 1950-1964 Sharp was associated with the Fagan Electric Company in Little Rock, Arkansas.
This scrapbook belonged to Floyd Sharp.
Scrapbook; 16.75" x 21.5"
Sharp, Floyd, 1896-1969
Arkansas County (Ark.); Ashley County (Ark.); Baxter County (Ark.); Benton County (Ark.); Boone County (Ark.); Bradley County (Ark.); Calhoun County (Ark.); Carroll County (Ark); Chicot County (Ark.); Clark County (Ark.); Clay County (Ark.); Cleburne County (Ark.); Cleveland County (Ark.); Columbia County (Ark.); Conway County (Ark.); Craighead County (Ark.); Crawford County (Ark.); Crittenden County (Ark.); Cross County (Ark.); Dallas County (Ark.); Desha County (Ark.); Drew County (Ark.)
MS.000528, Scrapbook 01
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Arkansas scrapbooks, MS.000528
Arkansas State Archives
Scrapbook 01, Works Progress Administration (WPA) Arkansas scrapbooks, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.