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The Nebraska Federal Writers’ Project: Remembering Writers of the 1930s – Documents

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Judge William Morning replies to a letter from 9th grade student Rudolph Umland.

A March, 1936 letter from Federal Writers Project field administrator Lawrence Morris to Rudolph Umland on personnel problems and political pressure.

Bank Failures


Interview form

Farmers Alliance I

Farmers Alliance II

Cowboy Songs

Nebraska Cattle Brands

Clenched Fist (I)

Clenched Fist (II)

Umland-Welsch letter Umland’s reply to a letter from Roger Welsch asking about how the Nebraska Writers’ Project collected folklore.

Umland-Vendel letter An April, 1968 autobiographical letter from Rudolph Umland to student Lawrence Vendel.

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The Library of Congress’s online WPA American Lives collection is drawn from the folklore interviews of the Federal Writers’ Projects: Search or browse Nebraska’s contribution to the collection or get an overview of the entire online collection.

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Exhibit Contents

Part I
Rudolph Umland
A Family of German Immigrants
A Nebraska Farm Boy
Broader Horizons
From Student to Hobo
Meeting Lowry Wimberly
Lowry C. Wimberly, Between Laughter and Ghosts
Part II
The Federal Writers’ Project
Nebraska Beginnings
Circumventing a Crisis
Writers at Work
Nebraska Lore
Weldon Kees and the Writers’ Project
Loren Eiseley and the Writers’ Project
Publications and Impact
Looking Back at the Federal Writers’ Project in Nebraska
Part III
Notes and Bibliography
Study Questions
Additional Content Information

A Web Exhibit from The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Lincoln City Libraries. This project was supported in part by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered through the Nebraska Library Commission. Exhibit & Text by Stephen Cloyd. © Lincoln City Libraries, 2007

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