Talk:American Guide Series

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on Google books[edit]

This link should get you a full list of WPA Guides on Google Books. I then hit "Full View" which gave me about 50 listings, including some cities - so obviously NOT all states. I linked Kentucky, first with all bibliographic info (and it looked terrible in the list), then with a simple http link - which I think looks fairly good. Is there any interest or objections to linking them all? I'll probably link the 4 or 5 I'm interested in as I reference them in other articles, and might even do 10 or 20 if somebody else is interested in linking the whole group. Smallbones (talk) 15:52, 5 November 2010 (UTC)

I linked all that I could. That leaves Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, South Dakota, Wyoming, and of course most of the cities and regions/territories. I did a cursory check in the Internet Archive, but only came up with North Carolina and Missouri (which Google Books already covers, so I put comments with the links) and the Bergen County Panorama [1] (a guide to a county in New Jersey not mentioned in this article). It's possible that the remaining guides could be listed in Google Books but not catalogued properly, or that there is more in the Internet Archive, likewise not properly catalogued. Wingman4l7 (talk) 08:13, 28 March 2011 (UTC)
All the state guides have been linked to the Google Books copies -- which, for the most part, allow you to view the guide in its entirety. Wingman4l7 (talk) 02:41, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

More references[edit]

Well, it's just a list, albeit an incomplete one, but it's a start. Citations to more comprehensive references are needed, like Jerre Mangione's The Dream and The Deal, David Taylor's Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America, and Monty Noam Penkower's The Federal Writers' Project: A Study in Government Patronage of the Arts. As of the close of the American Guides writing project in 1942, it had produced 276 volumes, 701 pamphlets, 340 miscellaneous issuances, 48 state guides (including Washington,DC, Puerto Rico, and Alaska), 30 city guides, 20+ guide books on roads and recreation, and 150 science studies and ethnic, which included the ground-breaking slave narratives. <Mangione, The Dream and The Deal> More meat about the project itself is also needed. CorlyssD (talk) 03:36, 2 June 2011 (UTC)CorlyssD