One of the best known, and perhaps least understood, series titles is The American Guide Series which was produced under the direction of the Federal Writer's Project, an agency of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The impact of this program sent some 6,000 Depression-era authors out across the country to record anything of interest. Referring to this effort the poet, W. H. Auden, called it "one of the noblest and most absurd undertakings ever attempted by a [government]." Many collectors choose to limit the meaning of "American Guide Series" to just those tour guides which were published on the 48 contiguous states plus Alaska, Puerto Rico, New York City and Washington, D.C. However, the Federal Writer's Project used the term to apply to many more titles in the series. Indeed a huge collection of articles, monographs and books were published on many facets of American life. This diversity included topics of history, folklore, nature, national parks, communities, highways, rivers, islands and growing vegetables. In most cases in exchange for the fees and stipends received by the authors they had to remain anonymous allowing the WPA and the Federal Writer's Project to take authorial credit. The list that follows represents only a small sampling of the books in the series.
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