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Twenty-one New Towns Added to the WPA Architectural Survey Collection Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Posted by capittsley in Archives, digital collections, history, updates.
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Connecticut Hall, Yale University, New Haven

The Connecticut State Library has just added twenty-one new towns to our online collection of historic homes from the WPA Architectural Survey, they are Naugatuck, New Britain, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Hartford, New Haven, New London, New Milford, Newington, Newtown, Norfolk, North Branford, North Canaan, North Haven, North Stonington, Norwalk, Norwich, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Orange and Oxford.

Digitized materials include survey forms and photos from the Census of Old Buildings in Connecticut. Also known as “The WPA House Survey”, the project took place from 1934 through 1937 under the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). The survey forms provide descriptions of nearly 5,000 buildings. Photographs were taken of most buildings and clipped to the survey forms. Some forms also include sketches of interior and/or exterior architectural details and a brief history of the building.

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