Chicago Park District Records: Toy Collection

Dates: circa 1937-circa 1940. Size: 5 linear feet in 5 boxes, plus 1 oversize artifact. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Beginning around 1937, the Chicago Park District established Toy Centers in its fieldhouses as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) program to provide playthings for families that could not afford toys of their own during the Great Depression. This collection includes 78 wooden toys created for the Chicago Park District’s Toy Centers. [Finding aid]