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Upcoming events and resources regarding Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story.

About the Programs

The Dean B. Ellis Library at Arkansas State University is one of 30 libraries that has received a $2,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to present different outreach programs in connection with an upcoming documentary, “Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers’ Project.”

The Library is working in collaboration with the Craighead Country Jonesboro Public Library to bring quality humanities and historical programming to as wide of an audience as possible.  Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, Associate Professor of History, is our project scholar.

Events at both libraries are free and open to the public.

Dean B. Ellis Library
101 Cooley Dr.
(870) 972-3077

May & Directions

Craighead County
Jonesboro Public Library
315 W. Oak Avenue
(870) 935-5133
Map & Directions


Richard Wright

WPA Guide to 1930s Arkansas

Soul of a People: Writing America's Story Documentary Trailer

Soul of a People

Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story is a major documentary television program about the Federal Writers’ Project produced by Spark Media, Washington, D.C., and broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel HDSoul of a People programs in libraries are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.


National Endowment for the Humanities

American Library Association

Smithsonian Channel HD

Spark Media


WPA Poster


All images courtesy of
Library of Congress.