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This scrapbook contains newspaper clippings chronicling the activities of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration in Arkansas. It focuses on the administrative, financial, and political issues surrounding FERA with descriptions of legislative debates over Old Age Pensions and sales taxes, reports on the allocation of funds, and accounts of the conflict between the Arkansas Welfare Boards and Governor Futrell.
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" x 20"
Sharp, Floyd, 1896-1969
Arkansas; Mississippi County (Ark.); Desha County (Ark.); Miller County (Ark.); Clark County (Ark.); Jefferson County (Ark.); Craighead County (Ark.);
MS.000528, Scrapbook 13
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Arkansas scrapbooks, MS.000528
Arkansas State Archives
Scrapbook 13, Works Progress Administration (WPA) Arkansas scrapbooks, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.