American Guide Series

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The American Guide Series was a group of books and pamphlets published in 1937-1941 under the auspices of the Federal Writers' Project (FWP), a Depression-era works program in the United States. The American Guide Series books were compiled by the FWP, but printed by individual states, and contained detailed histories of each of the then 48 states of the Union with descriptions of every major city and town. In total, the project employed over 6,000 writers. The format was uniform, comprising essays on the state's history and culture, descriptions of its major cities, automobile tours of important attractions, and a portfolio of photographs.

Many books in the project have been updated by private companies or republished without updating. Hawaii was not a U.S. state during the WPA period and thus was not covered by the project.

Titles in the American Guide Series[edit]

States[edit]

State Title Google Books Hathi Trust Internet Archive
Alabama Alabama; a Guide to the Deep South, New York: Hastings House, 1941  Google Books Hathi Trust
Arizona Arizona, the Grand Canyon State (4th ed.). New York: Hastings House. 1956.  1940 ed. via Google Books Hathi Trust
Arkansas Arkansas: a Guide to the State, New York, 1941, OCLC 478887  Google Books Hathi Trust
California California: Guide to the Golden State, New York: Hastings House, 1939  Internet Archive
Colorado Colorado: a Guide to the Highest State. New York: Hastings House. 1945.  1941 ed. via Google Books Internet Archive
+ 1970 ed. via Internet Archive
Connecticut Connecticut: a Guide to its Roads, Lore, and People. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1938.  Google Books Hathi Trust
Delaware A Guide to the First State, 1938 Google Books
Florida Florida; a Guide to the Southernmost State, 1939  Google Books Internet Archive
Georgia Georgia: a Guide to Its Towns and Countryside. 1940.  Google Books
Idaho Idaho: A Guide in Word and Pictures. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers. 1937.  Internet Archive
Illinois Illinois: A Descriptive and Historical Guide. Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co. 1939.  Google Books Internet Archive
Indiana Indiana: a Guide to the Hoosier State. New York: Oxford University Press. 1941.  Google Books Hathi Trust
Iowa Iowa: a Guide to the Hawkeye State, New York: Viking, 1938  Google Books Hathi Trust
Kansas A Guide to the Sunflower State, 1939. Google Books
Kentucky A Guide to the Bluegrass State, 1939. Google Books
Louisiana Louisiana: a Guide to the State. NY: Hastings House. 1941.  Google Books Hathi Trust
Maine Maine: a Guide 'Down East'. Boston: Houghton Mifllin. 1937.  Google Books Hathi Trust
Maryland A Guide to the Old Line State, 1940 Google Books
Massachusetts Massachusetts: a Guide to its Places and People, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1937  Google Books Hathi Trust
Michigan A Guide to the Wolverine State, 1941 Google Books
Minnesota A State Guide, 1938 Google Books
Mississippi Mississippi; a Guide to the Magnolia State, New York: Viking, 1949, OCLC 478887  1938 ed. via Google Books Internet Archive
Missouri Missouri: A Guide to the 'Show Me' State, New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1941  Google Books Internet Archive
Montana Montana: a State Guide Book. NY: Viking Press. 1939.  Hathi Trust Internet Archive
Nebraska A Guide to the Cornhusker State, 1939 Google Books
Nevada Nevada: a Guide to the Silver State, Portland, Oregon: Binfords & Mort, 1957  1940 ed. via Google Books Hathi Trust
New Hampshire New Hampshire: a Guide to the Granite State. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1938.  Google Books Hathi Trust
New Jersey New Jersey: a Guide to its Present and Past. NY: Hastings House. 1946.  1939 ed. via Google Books Hathi Trust
New Mexico New Mexico: a Guide to the Colorful State. NY: Hastings House. 1940.  Google Books Hathi Trust
New York New York: a Guide to the Empire State. New York: Oxford University Press. 1940.  Hathi Trust
North Carolina North Carolina: a Guide to the Old North State. 1939.  Google Books Internet Archive
North Dakota North Dakota: a Guide to the Northern Prairie State, State Historical Society of North Dakota, 1938  Google Books
Ohio Ohio Guide, New York: Oxford University Press, 1940  Google Books
Oklahoma Oklahoma: a Guide to the Sooner State, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1941  Google Books Internet Archive
Oregon Oregon: End of the Trail. Portland: Binfords & Mort. 1951.  1940 ed. via Google Books Hathi Trust
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania: a Guide to the Keystone State, New York: Oxford University Press, 1940  Google Books
Rhode Island Rhode Island. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. 1937. OCLC 691847.  Google Books Internet Archive
South Carolina South Carolina: a Guide to the Palmetto State, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941  Hathi Trust Internet Archive
South Dakota South Dakota Guide. 1938.  Google Books Internet Archive
Tennessee Tennessee: a Guide to the State, New York: Viking, 1939  Google Books Hathi Trust
Texas Texas: A Guide to the Lone Star State, New York: Hastings House, 1940  Google Books Hathi Trust Internet Archive
Utah Utah: A Guide to the State, 1941 Google Books
Vermont Vermont: a Guide to the Green Mountain State. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Riverside Press. 1937.  Internet Archive
Virginia Virginia: a Guide to the Old Dominion, Oxford University Press, 1941  1940 ed. via Google Books Internet Archive
Washington Washington: a Guide to the Evergreen State, Portland, Oregon: Binfords & Mort, 1941  Hathi Trust
West Virginia A Guide to the Mountain State, 1941 Google Books
Wisconsin A Guide to the Badger State, 1941 Google Books
Wyoming Wyoming: a Guide to Its History, Highways and People, 1941  Google Books

Cities[edit]

Regions and territories[edit]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Christine Bold (1999), The WPA Guides: Mapping America, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, ISBN 1578061946 

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