Resources for The Great Depression

Search Terms

  • "great depression" (make sure to use quotes around this phrase or you may get results that talk about the emotional type of depression)
  • "Black Tuesday"
  • "New Deal"

Call Numbers

  • 973.91 (and REF 973.91)
  • 330.973 (and REF 330.973)


The Encyclopedia the Great Depression and the New Deal -
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Covering the years 1929 to 1941, this comprehensive encyclopedia traces all the major political, economic, social, and cultural movements, as well as the principal events, people, and institutions, of the longest and most severe economic crisis in U.S. history. The work gives students and researchers all the essential information on how the nation confronted the Great Depression, and how this pivotal era continues to influence America’s identity, politics, and economy.

Web Resources

America in the 1930's - University of Virginia
The 30s site is an attempt to provide a densely textured introduction to the decade and describe its importance to modern American thought and culture.

Awesome Stories - The Great Depression

Best of History Web Sites - The Great Depression (

Digital History - The Great Depression (University of Houston)

EH.Net Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History - The Great Depression
(Economic History Association)

FDIC Learning Bank - The 1920's

FDIC Learning Bank - The 1930's - The Great Depression

Interactive Timeline of The Great Depression

The Great Depression and World War II 1929-1945 - American Memory - Library of Congress
Includes information on - Americans Reaction to the Great Depression, Art and Entertainment in the 1930s and 1940s, The Dust Bowl, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal, and Labor Unions During the Great Depression and New Deal.

Migrant Worker Photographs - taken by Dorothea Lange
Photographs by Lange document the conditions in the migrant labor camps in the Imperial Valley, California. From the American Memory collection.

Commemorative site from the Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center

New Deal Network - Roosevelt Institute
A research and teaching resource devoted to the public works and arts projects of the new Deal.

Stock Market Crash (1929)
From PBS "The First Measured Century" - a concise summary of the U.S. stock market crash of 1929. Also includes links to interviews with two history professors.

Web Guide - The Great Depression and the 1930's//