AMERICAN GUIDE WEEK - QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FIELD REPORTS, ASSIGNMENT #10
Take Pride, It’s the American Guide
YOUR ASSIGNMENT, TRUSTED GUIDE:
The original American Guide series of books was produced by the federal government’s Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and ’40s. Your A/G editors unearthed the actual mimeographed field manual from 1935 that was sent out to each WPA state research office. Editors, researchers, and volunteers used the manual as a basis for collecting information on their district.
We’re asking you to do the same. Stay tuned all this week as we release 10 assignments drawn from the 1935 manual for the upcoming American Guide Week (Nov. 18-24). Use these questions as your guide for contributing #AmericanGuideWeek content. For your tenth and final assignment, Class IV - Products and Manufacturing/Industry. (And yes, these are actual questions from the manual.)
CLASS IV - PRODUCTS and MANUFACTURING/INDUSTRY
- What are the principle factories in your district?
- What are the principle industries and industrial products?
- Are there any commercial articles manufactured by hand?
- Are there important mines or quarries in your district? Give types.
- What are the general agricultural products and specialties of your district?
- What are other important products (Ex. Logs, fur, beef, wool)
- When may interesting processes, such as fruit picking and packing, log-rolling and the like be witnessed?
BE A GUIDE. SHOW AMERICA TO AMERICANS.
Between Monday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 24, tag your Tumblr photos, illustrations and writing that answer these questions and describe the America you live in and the America you travel through — people, places and things.
This is a collaboration, folks: a living, Tumblifying documentary about the USA. You’ll be reblogged or featured on The American Guide.
Check out A/G Week assignments here.
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