We want to digitize the works of great writers who wrote about Americans and their foodways during the Great Depression. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on September 25, 2011.
About this project
During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration hired famous writers such as Nelson Algren, Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty and Ralph Ellison to write about Americans and their foodways as part of the America Eats project. The Library of Congress has four boxes of original materials that have been tucked away since then.
We want to send Michigan State University food historian Dr. Helen Veit to Washington, D.C., to digitize these materials so that we can share them in an online archive as part of our America Eats Today webseries.
We are eager to explore these hidden treasures. We know the boxes contain articles, photographs and recipes that the America Eats contributors gathered in their travels across the country during the Thirties. Our project is both a treasure hunt and a scholarly quest to capture and share important stories and information from the era. Your funding will pay for Helen's travel expenses to spend the time necessary to begin capturing and sharing these unique materials.
America Eats was a program funded by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression that funded writers to produce articles about people and their food and foodways. The America Eats Today project is an initiative involving Michigan State University and the non-profit group Sustainable Farmer that updates the project for today, including the digitizing of the original materials from the America Eats Project of the Thirties that are currently located at the Library of Congress.
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