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Great Depression

Select resources on the Great Depression of the 1930s available at Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections and beyond.


This guide suggests useful resources for studying the Great Depression Era of the 1930s, with an emphasis on materials available through Western Libraries, the CPNWS, and/or online. It is not exhaustive. Contact Western Libraries Research Consultation Desk or Archives & Special Collections' staff if you need assistance finding more information.


Western Libraries provides access to a wide variety of article and research databases (a WWU log-in is required). In addition to the examples listed below, please see the Libraries' online guide to Databases A-Z and/or ask staff at the Libraries' Research Consultation Desk for assistance.  

For additional History databases, see:

Related Research Guides

Where can I locate historical resources at Western?

Western Libraries' Archives & Special Collections programs house and provide access to a wide variety of rare, unique and archival resources. An overview of these programs and information about how to access their collections is available via this online tutorial. Please don't hesitate to contact Archives & Special Collections staff with questions about collections and how to access resources.

From the Library Catalog (Published Resources)

You may find the following subject terms useful in searching the Libraries' catalog (please ask us or contact the Libraries Research Consultation Desk at 650-2836 if you need assistance):

  • Depressions -- 1929
  • Depressions -- 1929 -- Northwest Pacific
  • Depressions -- 1929 -- United States
  • Depressions -- 1929 -- United States -- History
  • Depressions -- 1929 -- United States -- Personal Narratives
  • Dust Bowl Era -- 1931-1939
  • Economic conditions -- 1918-1945
    • also United States -- Economic conditions -- 1918-1945
  • Economic history -- 1918-1945
  • Economics -- United States -- History
  • Social conditions -- 1918-1932
    • also United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945
  • Stock Market Crash, 1929