‘Clipped History’ Exhibit Starts March 27 in MASC


The impact of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration often is measured by the millions of jobs it created, the billions of dollars spent on national public works projects and even a song about the Grand Coulee Dam by folksinger Woody Guthrie. In the Pacific Northwest, one WPA project had a different benchmark: the column inch.

“Clipped History: The WPA and the Stories Behind the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Collection,” will be on exhibit March 27-July 18 at Washington State University’s Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections in Terrell Library. An opening reception will be 3 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the MASC main lobby.

The exhibit details how local WPA workers in the 1930s clipped more than 400,000 articles from Pacific Northwest newspapers dating back to 1890. Today, the clippings are being digitized as part of MASC’s Kimble Northwest History Database (http://content.libraries.wsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/clipping). For the full WSU News story, visit https://news.wsu.edu/2014/03/24/march-27-july-18-wpa-era-northwest-news-….