WPA Histories

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the United States Government initiated a number of programs to put people to work. One of the best-known was the Works Progress Administration (WPA). As part of the WPA, several residents of Morrison County, Minnesota, found work through a project to collect oral histories from long-time residents. They also collected a number of other histories on townships, cities, churches, schools, businesses, the military, and miscellaneous county history topics.

These WPA biographies and histories became the basis for the Morrison County Historical Society’s collections. A few years ago, the original WPA histories were retyped and a complete index was made of the documents. A copy of the index can be found at the link below:

WPA Index (pdf file – 78 pages)

The WPA biographies and histories are on file at the Weyerhaeuser Museum. If you’d like to view these documents, please visit the museum. If you’d like copies of specific WPA biographies or histories, contact us at 320-632-4007.


  1. Good day: I am interested in a copy of two of the WPA oral histories you have on file … pls. let me know the best way to request copies on line. If need be, I can call. Thanks in advance.


    Bill Gau
    Mesa, Arizona

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