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American Guide Series
(also known as: WPA Series)
Publisher: Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration.
Country: United States. Date:1937-41.

Illinois (WPA Guide/American Guide Series) poster (image)

Poster for Federal Writers' Project advertising "AmericanGuide Series" volume on Illinois, showing outline of map of the state.

Date: Between 1936 and 1940.

"Sponsored by Gov. Henry Horner and the Federal Writers Project of Illinois.; Work Projects Administration Poster Collection."

Series Note:
This American Guide Series was published under the auspices of the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) that was set up to provide work in the wake of the Great Depression.

The guides have been republished in later years by private companies, either updated or as reprints without updating.

Arranged by state, by city and by region/territory


Alabama: A Guide to the Deep South. 1941.
Arizona: A State Guide. 1940.
Arkansas: A Guide to the State. 1941.
California: A Guide to the Golden State. 1939.
Colorado: A Guide to the Highest State. 1941.
Connecticut: A Guide to Its Roads, Lore, and People. 1938.
Delaware: A Guide to the First State. 1938.
Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State. 1939.
Georgia: A Guide to Its Towns and Countryside. 1940.
Idaho: A Guide to Word and Picture. 1937.
Illinois: A Descriptive and Historical Guide. 1939.
Indiana: A Guide to the Hoosier State. 1941.
Iowa: A Guide to the Hawkeye State. 1938.
Kansas: A Guide to the Sunflower State. 1939.
Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State. 1939.
Louisiana: A Guide to the State. 1941.
Maine: A Guide 'Down East'. 1937.
Maryland: A Guide to the Old Line State. 1940.
Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People. 1937.
Michigan: A Guide to the Wolverine State. 1941.
Minnesota: A State Guide. 1938.
Mississippi: A Guide to the Magnolia State. 1938.
Missouri: A Guide to the 'Show Me' State. 1941.
Montana: A State Guide Book. 1939.
Nebraska: A Guide to the Cornhusker State. 1939.
Nevada: A Guide to the Silver State. 1940.
New Hampshire: A Guide to the Granite State. 1938.
New Jersey: A Guide to Its Present and Past. 1939.
New Mexico: A Guide to the Colorful State. 1940.
New York: A Guide to the Empire State. 1940.
North Carolina: A Guide to the Old North State. 1939.
North Dakota: A Guide to the Northern Prairie State. 1938.
The Ohio Guide. 1940.
Oklahoma: A Guide to the Sooner State. 1941
Oregon: The End of the Trail. 1940.
Pennsylvania: A Guide to the Keystone State. 1940.
Rhode Island: A Guide to the Smallest State. 1937.
South Carolina: A Guide to the Palmetto State. 1941.
A South Dakota Guide. 1938.
Tennessee: A Guide to the State. 1939.
Texas: A Guide to the Lone Star State. 1940.
Utah: A Guide to the State. 1941.
Vermont: A Guide to the Green Mountain State. 1937.
Virginia: A Guide to the Old Dominion. 1940.
Washington, City and Capital. 1937
Washington: A Guide to the Evergreen State. 1941.
West Virginia: A Guide to the Mountain State. 1941.
Wisconsin: A Guide to the Badger State. 1941.
Wyoming: A Guide to Its History, Highways and People. 1941.


Guide to North Little Rock. 1936.

Los Angeles: A Guide to the City and Its Environs. 1941.
San Diego: A California City. 1937.
San Francisco: the Bay and its Cities. 1940.
Santa Barbara: A Guide to the Channel City and its Environs. 1941.

New Castle on the Delaware. 1936.

District of Columbia:
Washington, City and Capital. 1937.

A Guide to Key West. 1941.
Planning Your Vacation in Florida; Miami and Dade County including Miami Beach and Coral Gables. 1941.
Seeing St. Augustine. 1937.

Atlanta: Capital of the South. 1949.
Augusta. 1938.
Savannah. 1937.

Galena Guide.
Princeton Guide.

Dubuque Guide.
A Guide to Estherville, Iowa. 1939.
A Guide to McGregor. 1940.

Henderson: A Guide to Audubon's Home Town in Kentucky. 1941.
Lexington and the Bluegrass Country. 1938.
Louisville: A Guide to Falls City. 1940.

New Orleans City Guide. 1938.

Portland City Guide. 1940.

Lincoln City Guide. 1937.

New Jersey:
Princeton and its Neighbors.

New York:
Albany Guide.
The New York City Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to the Five Boroughs of the Metropolis; Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Richmond. 1939.
Rochester Guide.

North Dakota:
Bismarck Guide.

Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City and Its Neighbors. 1943.

Tulsa: A Guide to the Oil Capital. 1938.

Erie: A Guide to the City and County. 1938.
Philadelphia: A Guide to the Nation's Birthplace.

Beaumont: A Guide to the City and Its Environs. 1939.
Denison Guide.
Houston, A History and Guide. 1942.
San Antonio: A History and Guide.



Bergen County Panorama. 1941.
The Berkshire Hills. 1939.
Cape Cod Pilot: A Loquacious Guide. 1937.
Death Valley: A Guide. 1939.
Ghost Towns of Colorado. 1947.
Guide to Alaska: Last American Frontier. 1939.
Guide to Cedar Rapids and Northwest Iowa. 1937.
Here's New England! A Guide to Vacationland. 1939.
Intracoastal Waterway, Norfolk to Key West. 1937.
Mississippi Gulf Coast: Yesterday and Today, 1699-1939. 1939.
Monterey Peninsula. 1941.
New York Panorama. 1938.
The Ocean Highway: New Brunswick, New Jersey to Jacksonville, Florida. 1938.
Oregon Trail, US 30: The Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. 1939.
Puerto Rico: A Guide to the Island of Boriquen. 1940.
U.S. One: Maine to Florida. 1938.

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