The Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) was a New Deal-era program to provide employment opportunities to skilled workers such as writers, researchers, historians, librarians, and teachers (“New Deal Programs: Selected Library of Congress Resources,” Library of Congress).
FWP writers and researchers traveled to each state and wrote detailed narrative-style surveys on each state’s population, geography, agriculture, history, its principal cities, and its major industries, etc. The guidebooks are interesting because they also include suggested driving tours that visitors can take to see points of interest–suggestions that include travel distances, suggested routes, road conditions, points of interest, and gas station locations.
Related resources online
Google Books provides full text access to a 1956 edition (8th printing) of the Florida Guidebook, which includes some black and white images of Depression-era Florida.
You can read about the Work Project Administration’s American Guide Series on Wikipedia.
The Library of Congress also has a variety of online resources, manuscripts, and websites related to the New Deal and the Federal Writers’ Project.
Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Projects Administration for the State of Florida. Florida; a guide to the Southernmost State. Compiled and written by the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Projects Administration for the State of Florida. New York, Oxford University Press, 1940 [c1939].