The Library of Congress, National Digital Library Program announces a new American Memory online collection. During the Great Depression and World War II, the federal government employed artists to design posters to publicize cultural programs, to encourage people to get appropriate medical care, to promote better housing and to enlist support for the war effort. Of the 35,000 posters created by WPA Federal Art Project artists, approximately 2,000 are still in existence. The newest addition to the American Memory online collections, "By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943," presents 907 of these boldly colored original posters which document a significant period in the history of American design. This collection can be found at the following url: <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wpaposters/wpahome.html>. These posters were created by one of the first government agencies to support the arts. They provide information on the issues of interest to the organizations requesting these posters. The posters cover activities from seventeen states and the District of Columbia. Users will find many "See America" posters encouraging people to visit their national parks and cultural landmarks. They will also find posters urging the public to be checked for cancer and to obtain proper treatment, as well as posters for musical events, theatrical programs and other community activities. The Library obtained this collection, the largest of WPA posters in existence, during the 1940s. Though most of the posters were silk-screened, there are some lithographs and woodcuts. Those interested in art and design will enjoy the variety of images as well as the color and the unique design formats. Viewers of this collection will come to understand why Richard Floethe, the head of the Federal Art Project's New York City poster division stated, "the government unwittingly launched a movement to improve the commercial poster and raise it to a true art form." Three special presentations supplement the collection. A short interview with master silkscreener Tony Velonis, taped in 1994, provides users with the opportunity to hear one of the WPA's poster artists discuss his personal experiences and his craft. Also included is a calendar created in 1938 by the New York City Poster Division to show government officials the skilled work being done by the Federal Art Project staff. Users can flip the pages of the calendar to view the artwork month by month. The third special presentation presents collection highlights selected by Library staff to document the depth of the collection, the variety of styles and the content of the WPA posters. Many of the posters shown in the collection highlights have not been widely published. Please direct any questions about this collection to [log in to unmask] .