The AMERICAN GUIDE SERIES was described as "The biggest, fastest and most original research job in the history of the world."
The AMERICAN GUIDE SERIES was produced by the Federal Writers Project between 1935 and 1943. The Federal Writers Project was one of the many programs under the Works Progress Administration. Each volume covers a state's history, geography, and culture along with photographs, maps, bibliography and index. The project enlisted the talents of such well-known writers as John Cheever, Saul Bellow, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison and many others.
The Smithsonian Channel has produced a documentary titled SOUL OF A PEOPLE that chronicles the story of the AMERICAN GUIDE SERIES and has created a new demand for the republishing of the entire series.
Each state guide has been enlarged to 8 x 11 inch page size for easier reading for researchers and the public. These wonderful books cover all 50 states except for Hawaii.