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WPA (Works Progress Administration) was one of the many programs/projects designed in 1935 as a relief measure to provide work for the unemployed caused by the Great Depression.

One of the projects was the Federal Writers’ Project which provided jobs for historians, teachers, writers, librarians, and other white-collar workers. These people interviewed, collected, compiled and transcribed histories of an informants’s family, education, income, occupation, political views, religion and mores, medical needs, diet and miscellaneous observations.

The Arizona State Archives in Phoenix, Arizona has film copy for Arizona Writers Project manuscripts. The interviews of persons from Cochise county were extracted and appear below. Hopefully, none were missed.

The interviewers, in Cochise County, were Edward J. Kelley, Helen M. Smith and Romelia Gomez. The interviews took place between 1938-1939.

Copied from microfilm by Wilola Follett, transcribed by Vynette Sage, made available and maintained on the internet via Jean Walker.



*See letter of explanation from Helen Smith.


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