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Shaping San Francisco
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Silent footage from the Prelinger Archive, edited to focus on Chinatown, with a few seconds of Chinatown Telephone operators working their switchboards.
Topics: Chinatown, Telephone operators, switchboards, San Francisco, 1920s
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Taxi driver Mat Callahan gives us a tour of San Francisco and his takes on labor, politics, culture, and community.
Topics: Tour, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
by Curt Sanford
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Curt Sanford explores San Francisco's eastern shoreline by kayak, from approximately Mission Creek to Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. His look at the old industrial waterfront includes great histories of various buildings in the old Naval Shipyard, as well as a good history of the Grain Terminal in Islais Creek, along with amazing shots of mysterious tags in dark spaces, brilliant murals, images of pelicans and herons and seals and more! Based on a presentation he gave at Heron's Head...
Topics: kayak, shoreline, piers, Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard, Islais Creek, Ordnance Building, Heron's...
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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Harry Hay, venerable co-founder of modern Gay movement, tells about being in crowd during 1934 waterfront strike in San Francisco, how militia was shooting into crowd, and bullets whizzed past his head.
Topics: Harry Hay, 1934 General Strike, San Francisco
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers remembers the early Willie Brown when he was an attorney at Scott and Sutter, and details the attitudes of the black community towards one of "its" most illustrious and well-known leaders, up to and including the enormous disillusionment he left behind.
Topics: Willie Brown, corruption, black San Francisco, African American, Fillmore, Hunter's Point, Bayview,...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer
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Reel 1, unemployed youths loiter on street corners, listen to revolutionist orators, and display apathy and lack of ambition. Pres. Roosevelt signs the CCC bill. Recruits arrive at Army processing centers: billets are assigned, mess is served, and clothing is issued. Recruits leave for the processing centers, arrive at Army camps, and pitch tents and construct buildings. Roosevelt visits a camp. Reel 2, recruits fall in for reveille; eat breakfast; construct roads, bridges, and culverts; clear...
Topics: Civilians, Drainage, Floods, Forests and forestry, Highway construction, Motion pictures, Roosevelt...
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San Francisco native Darrell Rogers (b. 1945 in the Fillmore) describes his childhood experience of a friendly policeman named Eddie who helped him transition from the black school in the Fillmore where he started to the white school (Argonne Elementary) in the Richmond where he moved in 1954. But his childhood experiences, while still influential, are ultimately unraveled by the casual but brutal racism that characterizes the relationship between white police officers and black citizens.
Topics: police, San Francisco Police, racism, police brutality
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San Francisco native Darrell Rogers (b. 1945 in the Fillmore) describes the civil disobedience he participated in with 18 other young men in 1970 when the SF Police Department tried to impose a new mandatory ID card on all black males between 16-25 years old, ostensibly to help their investigation into the mysterious Zebra killings.
Topics: Zebra killers, apartheid, ID cards, African American, black San Francisco, 1970, SF Police...
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From the Prelinger Archives Lost Landscapes of San Francisco programs, a harrowing ride onto an on-ramp of the Embarcadero Freeway in 1957 before the skyway was complete or open... hold on to your hat! (no audio)
Topics: Embarcadero freeway, 1957, San Francisco, waterfront, highways
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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This is an excerpt from a 2 hour interview, part of the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history collection, with long-time San Francisco environmental writer Harold Gilliam. In this short clip he tells how he was lured to Washington DC to work for the Stewart Udall Interior Dept. under LBJ, where he was able to help derail plans to run a northern Bay Bridge from apx. Telegraph Hill to Angel Island to a new freeway up the Tiburon Peninsula.
Topics: Freeways, bridges, San Francisco, US Dept. of Interior, Stewart Udall, Angel Island
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Newsreel footage from the Market Street celebration of the end of WWI in San Francisco, 1918.
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Topics: WWI, San Francisco, 1918
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A silent bike ride around the top of Bayview Hill in San Francisco. Views to all directions, and a full circumnavigation of the upper road.
Topics: Bayview Hill, bicycling, views, San Francisco, Visitacion Valley, Hunter's Point
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Elizabeth Creely
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Elizabeth Creely describes the semi-magical spot known as Kite Hill, with its amazing views, its surprising surroundings, and its role in San Francisco.
Topics: Kite Hill, hills, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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A four-part radio series based on the Public Talk at CounterPULSE in April 2006, featuring Kevin Epps, Alicia Schwartz of People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), and Espanola Jackson of Bayview-Hunters Point.
Topic: gentrification, African-American, San Francisco, redevelopment, Bayview-Hunter's Point,
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An interview with Bay Area artist Lauren Elder, discussing her life at the Reno Hotel, her career, and the art scene in San Francisco from the mid-1970s to present.
Topics: Art, Reno Hotel, Contraband, Bicycling, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Sarolta J. Cump
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Sarolta Jane C. gives an audio memory of Woodward's Gardens, one of San Francisco most storied amusement parks in the 19th century. Situated between Guerrero and Valencia, 14th and 15th, it featured a small zoo, beer garden, and much more. Originally on "Long Ago and Right Now" an Audiozine about San Francisco, produced by Sara Jaffe and Melissa Klein in Spring 2004.
Topics: Woodward's Gardens, 19th century San Francisco, amusement parks, zoo, beer gardens
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From the PRelinger Archive's silent footage of San Francisco in the 1920s, this is an edited excerpt featuring the ferries and Ferry Building
Topics: Ferries, Ferry Buildilng, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: The Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video, on Harry Bridges, long-time leader of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the namesake of the plaza in front of the Ferry Building, is the 7th of a baker's dozen of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix)...
Topics: Harry Bridges, longshore, longshoring, dockworkers, Port of San Francisco, ILWU, International...
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by Chris Carlsson
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Scenes from the chaotic 3rd birthday Critical Mass bike ride in San Francisco
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Topics: Critical Mass, bicycles, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
by Jim Swanson
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Using the well-worn image of Yerba Buena cove in 1847, this animation dramatizes the rapidity with which it filled up after the Gold Rush, with a voiceover introducing Shaping San Francisco's 1st CD release.
Topics: San Francisco, Yerba Buena Cove, 1847
Shaping San Francisco
by Chris Carlsson
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Former editor of San Francisco Sun Reporter, Thomas Fleming, gives his account of the 1966 Hunter's Point Riot, which led to three days of martial law in some neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Topics: Thomas Fleming, 1966 Hunter's Point riot, Black San Francisco
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Animation showing Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley before and after inundation, with a quote from John Muir
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Topics: John Muir, Hetch Hetchy, San Francisco water system
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Interview with Bay Area activist Bruce Hartford, part 2 of 2.
Topics: 1971 Longshoremen's strike, San Francisco Waterfront, San Francisco, SF State, Counterculture,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Excerpted from Jason Ferreira's essay "'With the Soul of a Human Rainbow' : Los Siete, Black Panthers, and Third Worldism in San Francisco" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: Los Siete, Mission politics, San Francisco police, racism, repression, Third Worldism
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Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour Stop 4: Komotion International, an underground music and performance space at 2779 16th Street, c. 1986-97.
Topics: punk, performance, Mission District, San Francisco, 1980s, 1990s, Robin Ballinger, Sasha Lilly
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
by Gretchen Hildebrand
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Gretchen Hildebrand reminisces about her experiences in and around South Park during the dotcom bubble and beyond.
Topics: South Park, SOMA, San Francisco, 1990s, dotcom
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Michigan. County roads are graded and surfaced. Shows airports at Lansing and Detroit and emergency landing fields under construction. Women learn rug making and weaving. Braille books are made and proofread. A new state police headquarters is shown. Dramatizes the use of the police radio system in establishing road blocks to capture bank robbers. WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) units battle a forest fire in the Upper Peninsula. Fire...
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Topics: Airports, Braille, Civilians, Forest fires, Highway construction, Michigan, Motion pictures,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Hidden San Francisco : Book Release and Birthday! Join Shaping San Francisco’s Chris Carlsson on his 63rd birthday as he presents his new book, Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories . After a quarter century of curating the digital archive at foundsf.org , and conducting bike and walking tours, this book captures the unique and serendipitous connections that course through Shaping San Francisco’s ongoing work.
Topics: San Francisco history, Shaping San Francisco, grassroots, nonlinear, hyperlinks, narrative,...
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silent footage from the Prelinger Archive, edited to focus on the parts about Pacific Trade and the footage of longshoring, probably from the 1920s.
Topics: Globalization, world trade, San Francisco, longshoring, dockers, piers, shipping, bananas, copra,...
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Alvin Duskin and Jerry Mander describe the amazing story of Lamar Hunt's attempt to purchase Alcatraz from San Francisco in the late 1960s, and how they stopped it.
Topics: Alcatra, Apollo 8, Victorian San Francisco, Oil Terminal, Lamar Hunt
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA projects in Michigan. Reel 1, timber is cut and a tourist cabin floor laid near Calumet. Reel 2, Red Cross women in Detroit wrap bandages. Track for the Detroit Street Railway is installed. A storm sewer is constructed in Bay City. Shows a municipal garage at Grand Rapids under construction. Reel 3, CCC units repair a fish hatchery at Grayling (pond beds are dug, concrete sides constructed, and fish transferred). A Detroit street is widened. A WPA orchestra plays. Shows a Department of...
Topics: American Red Cross (02/12/1978 - ), Braille, Bridges, Buildings, Civilians, Fishes, Highway...
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Not only have the Balkans been obliterated by NATO 'humanitarian intervention', eviscerated by imposed neoliberal economic restructuring, and their peoples, particularly the Roma gypsy flung to the corners of the earth, but they've suffered the indignities of centuries of lies, caricature, distortion, and misinformation. Here to discuss, disturb and offer a gentle corrective or two, is a panel of folks from the Balkans and its environs including Andrej Grubacic, Yugoslav author, most recently,...
Topics: PM Press, Yugoslavia, Balkans, Roma, Gypsy, European history, Shaping San Francisco, SSF,...
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by FoundSF
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Set of interview clips with Bay Area activist Bruce Hartford (1 of 2)
Topic: SF State Strike, San Francisco, Activism
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A short clip of San Francisco Mime Troupe performers in Washington Square and traipsing through North Beach in costume in 1965. Excerpted from an educational project by Kiley Erickson, strictly for educational purposes only.
Topics: San Francisco Mime Troupe, commedia dell'arte, Diggers, 1960s, North Beach
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Jay Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized artist who has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1980 and has completed over twenty-five films.  His work explores our emotional and psychological cores. They are personal in their content yet universal in their appeal. His films have received over 100 awards and have screened throughout the world. A selection of his films had theatrical runs at the Film Forum in New York and at theaters around the country. His most recent films...
Topics: Filmmaker, award winner, San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
by Matthew Chong
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A medley of images from Fleet Week in San Francisco by Matthew Chong
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Topics: Fleet Week, militarism, patriotism, San Francisco
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A short clip from a longer interview with Josephine Firpo-Alioto and her daughter Regina Alioto in which they recount the 1920s and 1930s Italian community on Potrero Hill, in particular describing the vibrant Italian Men's Social Clubs of the time.
Topics: Italian, Potrero Hill, 1930s, Alioto, San Francisco
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excerpt from William Mandel's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee hearing at San Francisco City Hall, May 1960.
Topics: William Mandel, HUAC 1960, San Francisco City Hall
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On theater projects of the Works Progress Administration. WPA theater units present vaudeville shows (comedy teams, dancers, singers), minstrel and marionette shows, Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, Macbeth with an all-Negro cast, and Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here at Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps, in parks, and in small-town theaters. Hollywood producer Adolph Zukor advises WPA theater officials. Shows brief scenes of costume designing, stage setting, and rehearsals....
Topics: Civilians, Motion pictures, Theater, Zukor Adolph 1873-1976, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Recruits selected to work under the Emergency Conservation Work (ECW) program arrive at Fort Washington, Virginia, and are then transported to ECW camps in various forest areas. The ECW members cut fire lanes, clear snag, erect telephone lines, thin timber areas, clear camping grounds, build fences around grazing lands, and combat erosion by building dams in gullies, terracing farm land, planting seedling trees, and filling gullies with brush. F.A. Silcox, Chief of the Forest Service, explains...
Topics: Forests and forestry, Military bases, Motion pictures, Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano),...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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On State Parks of West Virginia. Reel 1, views of cities, factories, steel furnaces, hydroelectric plants, rivers, canals, and locks depict the State's industries and waterways. Shows Green Brier Hotel at White Sulphur Springs and the town of Berkeley. CCC men work in Lost River Park. Tourists ride horses, picnic at an outdoor table, and examine an old house. Children crippled by polio perform handicraft and sunbathe in Berkeley hospital. Reel 2, visitors to Cacapon State Park ride bicycles and...
Topics: Civilians, Deer, Fishing, Hotels, Motion pictures, Picnicking, Poliomyelitis, Swimming, Turkey,...
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Tim Drescher reads more from his essay "Lost Murals of the 1970s" from the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78", edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Topics: murals, public art, San Francisco, 1970s
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz interviewed by Chris Carlsson July 6, 1999, on 1970s Central American Solidarity Movements in San Francisco, their influence on and from the growing gay movement in the city.
Topics: Sandinistas, San Francisco, Gay Movement
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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A ballroom dance team, a dancing chorus, and various specialty dancers rehearse. Wardrobe and sets are designed, and a play rehearsed. Shows scenes from the play "Devil Passes" and general views of San Francisco. National Archives Identifier: 12373 Local Identifier: 69.60 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled 1931 - 1937 * Record Group 69: Records of the Work Projects...
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Topics: Dance, Motion pictures, San Francisco (Calif.), Theater, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Documentary: On the Civilian Conservation Corps' restoration of Fort Frederick as a Maryland State Park. Locates Fort Frederick on the strip of Maryland between Pennsylvania and West Virginia, 15 miles from Hagerstown. Explains that during the Civil War, Indian War, and the Revolutionary War it was used to protect the railroads, canal and a road on the Virginia side of the Potomac. Men clear land and collect relics from the soil. National Archives Identifier: 11737 Local Identifier: 48.106...
Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Motion pictures, National parks and reserves, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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48.81 Mt. Rainier National Park, 1936 Civilian Conservation Corps workers transplant trees, break rocks, lay a cobblestone path, dig drainage ditches, and feed squirrels and a woodpecker in the park. Shows the snowcapped mountains and a close-up of "Pigeon Spring." National Archives Identifier: 11712 Local Identifier: 48.81 * Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse...
Topics: Civilians, Motion pictures, Mount Rainier National Park (Wash.), Mountains, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Documentary: Shows the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps on St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John and their beaches and palm trees. Locates Christiansted and Frediksted, the two largest cities on St. Croix. National Park Service sets up a CCC camp on the islands and employs natives for work projects; land irrigation, playground construction, tree planting. Show's tree nurseries at St. Croix's ECW Camp V-2. National Archives Identifier: 11736 Local Identifier: 48.105 Creator(s):...
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Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Department of the Interior. National Park Service. (1934 - ), Irrigation,...
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Art & Politics: Miranda Bergman Miranda Bergman , a Mission District resident for many decades and local icon, has been painting public murals since the 1970s when she started as a member of the Haight Ashbury muralists. Her involvement in Central America, Palestine, and women’s politics has shaped her participation in epic works such as Maestrapeace , a Placa mural in Balmy Alley, and many others around the Bay Area and the world.
Topics: murals, community murals, women, children, seniors, San Francisco, Mission DIstrict, Balmy Alley,...
Shaping San Francisco
by Whispered Media
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Reclaim May Day 1998 was organized by a coalition of political groups, including Art & Revolution, Shaping San Francisco, Eviction Defense Committee, Food Not Bombs, Reclaiming, and others. It was full-on parade starting at Mission and Steuart, proceeding to Yerba Buena Gardens, UN Plaza, 16th Street BART plaza, and ending at Dolores Park. It started in the rain and ended in beautiful sunshine. Maybe 1,000 people joined in, all without permits, and about a dozen different performances were...
Topics: performance, parade, MayDay, dissent, anarchy, Emma Goldman, Shaping San Francisco, Rememberator,...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA relief operations in New England. Reel 1, hurricane and tidal waves hit the Long Island coast in Dec. 1938. The hurricane and flood waters rage across New England. Derailed trains, felled trees, damaged homes, flooded streets, and other evidences of the catastrophe are shown. Coast Guard crews rescue stranded citizens. WPA and CCC units erect sandbag levees. Reel 2, WPA director Harry Hopkins arrives at Providence, R.I., to survey damage. WPA units deliver food and medical supplies by...
Topics: Civilians, Floods, Hopkins, Harry L. (Harry Lloyd) 1890-1946, Hurricanes, Long Island (N.Y.),...
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Longtime poet and activist Nina Serrano describes how she organized, without any prior experience, a demonstration on Market Street to demand the freedom to travel--then, as now, banned or restricted by the U.S. government with respect to Cuba and other countries.
Topics: Travel ban, Freedom to Travel, Cuba, 1960s, San Francisco
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Civilian Conservation Corps members work in the national forests of California. Reel 1, a camp site is selected and tents are erected. CCC units fell snag, clear brush along fire lines, erect telephone lines, build a forest bridge, terrace denuded slopes, and construct check dams to control erosion. Reel 2, Ponderosa Way, a huge fire lane in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is cleared. Heavy equipment is used to construct a truck trail up Mt. Whitney. CCC units battle a forest fire with hand tools...
Topics: Civilians, Forest fires, Forests and forestry, Motion pictures, Mountains, National parks and...
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The 3% Solution Campaign, a summer sustainer drive to support Shaping San Francisco as a public utility providing essential history to the city of San Francisco: walking and bicycle tours, public Talks (both live and archived online at shapingsf.org), and our ever-expanding archive of local history at foundsf.org.
Topics: history, Shaping San Francisco, FoundSF.org, sustainers, 3 percent solution, fundraising campaign
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Glenn Lym presents an architectural and political history of the 27-year project of building the original City Hall, a building that fell down in the 1906 earthquake, revealing deeply inadequate and corrupt building practices. Meanwhile, when contruction began in the 1870s, the white working class was raging against capitalism and the Chinese in equal parts, providing the impetus for the 1882 federal Chinese Exclusion Act. Chris Carlsson joins the conversation to connect the social and physical...
Topics: Old City Hall, San Francisco, architecture, earthquake, 1906, Workingmen's Party of California,...
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In lieu of our normal walking tour, given the stay-at-home order issued in San Francisco in early December 2020, we put our tour together on video today (in the rain!) and share it here...
Topics: Sea level rise, King Tide, San Francisco shoreline, Mission Bay, Mission Creek, McCovey Cove,...
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by Chris Carlsson
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images from the End of the World's Fair, held May 12, 1984, marching up Market Street and ending at Dolores Park.
Topics: End of the World's Fair, San Francisco, 1984
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Excerpted from a longer essay in "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78" this tells about a Gay Liberation Front protest in front of the Examiner building in 1969.
Topics: Gay, gay liberation, Gay Liberation Front, Society for Individual Rights, San Francisco Examiner,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Yolanda Lopez,  Judy Drummond  and  Donna Amador  cover the dynamic history of Los Siete de la Raza and Mission District politics of the 1970s. Yolanda dissects the popular iconography of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the context of racially exploitative advertising over the past few decades, to reveal her own creative processes that have produced beautiful "Virgin"-inspired representations of working Chicana women and more.
Topics: Los Siete, Mission District, 1960s, Third World, San Francisco State, Basta Ya!, Centro de Salud,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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small clip of Kerouac describing San Francisco.
Topics: Kerouac, beats, San Francisco
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Civilian Conservation Corps members thin and clear wooded areas and construct forest ranger cabins in the Wasatch National forest of Utah and in timber areas of Idaho. Includes shots of picnicking and hiking scenes, a swimming meet at McCall, Idaho, and CCC units installing a water supply at Pocatello, Idaho. National Archives Identifier: 7387 Local Identifier: 33.473 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service. (01/02/1954 - 04/13/1970) (Most Recent) From:  Series :...
Topics: Civilians, Floods, Forest fires, Forests and forestry, Motion pictures, National parks and...
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Hidden San Francisco : Book Release and Birthday! Join Shaping San Francisco’s Chris Carlsson on his 63rd birthday as he presents his new book, Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories . After a quarter century of curating the digital archive at foundsf.org , and conducting bike and walking tours, this book captures the unique and serendipitous connections that course through Shaping San Francisco’s ongoing work.
Topics: history, historiography, San Francisco, guidebook, storytelling, narrative arc, digital media,...
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The Enola Gay Faggot Affinity Group emerged in 1983 during direct action protests against nuclear weapons at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. About a year later they were the very first group to publicly engage in nonviolent direct action to dramatize the AIDS crisis. The "Money for AIDS, Not for War" ritual/protest was held on September 23, 1984, by Enola Gay, a self proclaimed faggot affinity group, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 50 miles east of San...
Topics: HIV/AIDS, Direct Action, affinity groups, Lawrence Livermore Lab, anti-nuclear, nuclear weapons,...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On preparations for and activities at the Golden Gate International Exposition. Reel 1, exhibition buildings are constructed on Treasure Island, Calif., in 1936. Shows views of San Francisco and scenes aboard the ferry to Treasure Island. Seats and electric equipment are installed in the Federal Theatre building on Treasure Island. Shows wardrobe design and fitting and rehearsal scenes. Reel 2, the FTP presents a puppet show, "Hansel and Gretel" and "American Exodus." Elsa...
Topics: Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.), Motion pictures, Theater,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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with Starhawk, Megan Prelinger, and Chris Carlsson. Megan Prelinger's book "Another Science Fiction" takes a whimsical look at how the Space Race was promoted during its heyday 1957-62, offering a pointed look into a twisted type of corporate "utopian" thinking that informed a whole generation. Meanwhile, Starhawk's "The Fifth Sacred Thing" and Chris Carlsson's "After The Deluge" both present alternative utopian futures for San Francisco a century or more...
Topics: Utopia, urbanism, ecology, revolution, future, dystopia, space, NASA, Mars, San Francisco
Living New Deal Project
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Shows Alabama's State Capitol in Montgomery, the brass star in the floor of its Senate chamber where Jefferson Davis took his oath of office, the Confederate "White House," Dexter Ave., the public square, Exchange Hotel, and Union Stockyards. CCC men dig wells in Marengo County State Park. The ROTC drills at Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn. Art students draw, and tourists swim, picnic, sunbathe, cycle, and ride horses in Shiawassee State Park; CCC men pour concrete and...
Topics: Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Architecture, Auburn (Ala.), Civilians, Hotels, Marengo Lake (Ala.),...
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On Works Progress Administration flood relief activities in Wheeling, West Virginia, WPA units shovel mud from streets into trucks and wash the streets. Cellars and basements are pumped out. Lime is spread on sewage. Usable goods are sorted from debris. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and WPA food kitchens dispense food to refugees and relief workers. Citizens are rescued by rowboat and taken to WPA relief centers. National Archives Identifier: 12324 Local Identifier: 69.8 Creator(s): *...
Topics: Civilians, Floods, Motion pictures, West Virginia, Living New Deal
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A rumination on the last space for punks in San Francisco.
Topics: punks, epicenter, Mission, San Francisco
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Reel 1, scenes of palm trees, surf on a beach at St. Augustine, an old schoolhouse, old homes in St. Augustine, and old men playing checkers depict Florida's history, social atmosphere, and climate. Shows the Royal Palms State Park, Florida Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Highlands Hammock, Rex Beach Forest, and bridges and streams. CCC men work in a park. Reel 2 shows CCC men turning out for a day's work, playing volley ball and tennis, swimming, and fighting brush and forest fires, Includes...
Topics: Civilians, Fire extinction, Florida, Motion pictures, Saint Augustine (Fla.), Sports, Living New...
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As part of the Shaping San Francisco Covid-friendly outdoor programming this Fall, we took a walk around Philosopher's Way, a loop that circumnavigates McLaren Park... many interesting things came up, beautiful views, and a great day.
Topics: McLaren Park, Philosophers' Way, Visitacion Valley, Cow Palace, Sunnydale, Public Housing,...
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In February 2020, Pluto Press published Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories by Chris Carlsson. This video looks at Yosemite Slough and Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. It is the 14th of just over a dozen short videos of "stops" (there are 85 "stops" in four themed chapters, and an additional 44 "stops" in five walking tours in the appendix). I hope it will whet your appetite for both buying the book...
Topics: Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, urban parks, urban state parks, creeks, sloughs, Yosemite...
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A Shaping San Francisco Talk held at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission at 9th in San Francisco on Wed. Oct. 21, 7:30pm 17 years of Critical Mass and 10,000 members of the Bike Coalition? what's right, what's not with the way bicycling and bicycling politics is developing at the end of the first decade of the 21st century? A broad discussion of bicycle etiquette, transportation and urban design, equipment and safety (good engineering vs. "good shopping"), Stop-Roll, Bike Plan 04 vs....
Topics: bicycling, bicycles, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, bike boulevards, Critical Mass, red lights,...
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From the weird madness of the Reber Plan to dam both ends of the Bay into freshwater lakes in the 1950s to the Save the Bay movement of the early 1960s that helped create the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, we’ve come a long way in a half century. Today’s open shorelines, closed trash dumps, and returning wetlands honor and preserve our greatest public resource. Historian  Chuck Wollenberg and   Steve Goldbeck  from BCDC.
Topics: Reber Plan, Bay, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, fresh water, dams, locks, earthen dams, Bay...
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Tony Nguyen's "Enforcing the Silence" documentary tells the story of the 1981 assassination of Lam Duong, founder of the Vietnamese Youth Development Center in San Francisco's Tenderloin. Within days of Lamâs murder, news spread that a shadowy, anti-communist group had claimed responsibility, sending a chilling message to Vietnamese refugees everywhere: stay in line with your political views or risk death. Between 1982 and 1990, five more Vietnamese Americans â four of them...
Topics: Vietnam, Vietnam war, refugees, Tenderloin, San Francisco, assassination
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2011 marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in California, making it the sixth state, or the Sixth Star, to recognize women as political actors. Learn more about these women, their collective organizing strategies, the nexus between movements, voting, and class issues, the connection to Spiritualism in the United States, and their previous attempt in 1896 to convince voting men to amend the State Constitution. LisaRuth Elliott and Sue Englander.
Topics: Women, suffrage, voting, vote, spiritualism, temperance, San Francisco, Sixth Star
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The final Urban Forum: Walk n Talk of Spring 2022, we started at CCSF and heard from longtime Labor Studies chair Bill Shields, followed by Marcy Rein, co-author of the 2020 book Free City (PM Press). Then we walked through the historic installation near the MUNI turnaround, down Ocean Avenue, along Urbano to the Urbano Sundial, and ended at San Francisco State University where we heard from Katynka Martinez, chair of Latino/Latina Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies. Other stories...
Topics: CCSF, SFSU, accreditation, teachers unions, faculty strikes, San Francisco State strike, 1968-68,...
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Claude Everhart, a founder of Friends of Candlestick, describes the public process that led to the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area as a natural park on the bayshore, built on landfill, created by community input and control.
Topics: Candlestick Point, San Francisco, state parks, public participation, community input
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Nina Serrano, longtime activist and poet, talks about her years around Editorial Pocho-Ché, Comunicación Aztlan, Festival Sexto Sol, and a remarkable panoply of stellar local poets and writers who she worked with on these and other projects from apx. 1968-present...
Topics: poetry, Latino, Chicano, El Sexto Sol, Pocho-Ché, Comunicación Aztlan, Third World...
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A discussion about the future of Market Street is taking place in many forums in the City, preparing the way for a new boulevard in 2015. The history of Market Street is peppered with architectural and social solutions that have not worked out as planned. We'll take a look at the long history of Market Street as a public arena in San Francisco, some of the redesigns that have happened over the decades, question the assumptions about urban design that underly the current municipal discussions,...
Topics: Planning, Urbanism, Market Street, Livable City, BART, MUNI, San Francisco, plazas
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Excerpt from an 1850s song popular in San Francisco, having to do with the freeing of Archy Lee from jail. He had been seized by fugitive slave bounty hunters but a mob set him free. This rendition by Blackberry, recorded in 1980 for the Haight Ashbury Community Radio project.
Topics: slavery, song, 1850s, San Francisco
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Reel 1 shows skiing and mountain climbing activities in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. Includes shots of Civilian Conservation Corps members constructing ski and hiking trails. Reel 2, dog sled teams race across the countryside. Men and women fish through the ice. National Archives Identifier: 7411 Local Identifier: 33.528 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service. (01/02/1954 - 04/13/1970) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled...
Topics: Civilians, Dogsledding, Motion pictures, Skis and skiing, Winter sports, Living New Deal
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The Mission District's incomparable  Guillermo Gomez-Peña  performs his latest screed, “Notes from Technotopia: On the Cruelty of Indifference” along with a brief retrospective of his work, followed by an open conversation with the audience traversing the complicated borders in which his work resides.
Topics: Gender, Borders, frontiers, gentrification, art, politics, spanglish, Mission District, San...
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Ellen Ullman  writes in her new book  Life in Code  “The penetration of technology into the interstices of human existence is nearly complete,” and then demystifes how humans turn their intentions and ideas into the computer codes that are the language of computers.  Katja Schwaller  puts “Twitterlandia” under the microscope of her critical gaze, showing how the reconfiguration of mid-Market embodies a larger capture and repurposing of public space by private interests. And ...
Topics: software, coding, commons, Twitterlandia, tech tax, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, programming,...
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The City and Lennar Corporation are promulgating a redevelopment plan, but what about ecology, wildlife and the human community? Come learn about ArcEcology's recent report that illustrates brand new and exciting alternatives for the Bayview-Hunter's Point Redevelopment. How is Candlestick Point State Recreation Area affected? Isn't Bayview-Hunter's Point entitled to its own Crissy Field? How can (re)development benefit the current residents and be driven by their needs and wants? (Saul Bloom,...
Topics: redevelopment, toxic waste, Yosemite slough, Candlestick Point, Hunter's Point, Navy Base,...
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Shows how forest fires can be prevented by carefully extinguishing camp fires, exercising care in smoking habits while in the woods, and maintaining strict watch over fires built in brush and wooded areas. Includes shots of Civilian Conservation Corps members fighting a forest fire. Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service. (01/02/1954 - 04/13/1970) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled ca. 1915 - ca. 1959 * Record Group 33: Records of the Extension...
Topics: Civilians, Fire prevention, Forest fires, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
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Shows, without subtitles, various activities of CCC boys at a camp. The men leave the camp and then clear brush, fell trees, build roads, and plant trees. The men eat in the field and run a fire drill. Shows recreation activities at the camp (baseball, boxing, fishing, and swimming). Shows retreat ceremonies as the flag is lowered. National Archives Identifier: 7467 Local Identifier: 35.3 Creator(s): Civilian Conservation Corps. Division of Planning and Public Relations. (1937 - 07/01/1939)...
Topics: Civilians, Clearing of land, Highway construction, Motion pictures, Reforestation, Sports, Living...
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The largest coastal lagoon between Point Reyes and Pescadero, Lake Merced is an incomparable natural resource for San Francisco. A controversial preserve has been proposed for East Lake and some intact habitats, to protect wildlife and threatened species. Dan Murphy GG Audubon Society, David Behar, SF Public Utilities Commission. A Nature in the City co-production (www.natureinthecity.org)
Topics: Lake Merced, aquifer, golf courses, habitat, species, wildlife, birds, Audubon, southwest San...
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The Enola Gay Faggot Affinity Group emerged in 1983 during direct action protests against nuclear weapons at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. About a year later they were the very first group to publicly engage in nonviolent direct action to dramatize the AIDS crisis. The "Money for AIDS, Not for War" ritual/protest was held on September 23, 1984, by Enola Gay, a self proclaimed faggot affinity group, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 50 miles east of San...
Topics: HIV/AIDS, Direct Action, affinity groups, Lawrence Livermore Lab, anti-nuclear, nuclear weapons,...
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What actually happened to Darling Clementine? Historian  Joel Pomerantz  explores the California floods of 1862. Learn how this historic storm, which killed thousands and caused a number of San Francisco houses to collapse, can be an example for what a really extreme weather event could be like in our future.
Topics: storms, weather, rain, 1861, 1862, Sacramento, Sacramento River, delta, San Francisco floods,...
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Shows Minnesota lakes at the head waters of the Mississippi River. CCC men work in Itasca Lake State Park and in Scenic State Park. Pageants re-create the days of the Indians and backwoodsmen with log cabins, covered wagons, stockades, and Indian wigwams. Includes views of Indians on a reservation, picnickers in a park, and a CCC camp. National Archives Identifier: 11652 Local Identifier: 48.20 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From:...
Topics: Civilians, Indian reservations, Indians of North America, Minnesota, Mississippi, Motion pictures,...
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Christopher Richard, aquatic biologist at the Oakland Museum of California, has deciphered the earliest accounts of the water features of the San Francisco peninsula... working with maps, original Spanish diary entries, and a clear understanding of Mission settlement patterns, Richard builds his argument that the century-old myth of a freshwater lake in the Mission is unsustainable.
Topics: water, lakes, ecology, Mission period, Spanish colonization, San Francisco, Mission Dolores,...
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Part 1, (Paramount News), Harry Hopkins describes the need for federal work relief. Part 2, (Paramount News), Minnesota farmers leave their farms for Alaska. The farm families board the freighter North Star in San Francisco. Part 3, (Hearst Metrotone News), agricultural equipment is loaded on the North Star. Part 4, (Universal Newsreel) farm families board the transport St. Mihiel at Seattle. The St. Mihiel docks at Seward, Alaska. Part 5, (Universal Newsreel), farm and road making machinery is...
Topics: Agricultural machinery, Cargo ships, Hopkins Harry L. (Harry Lloyd) 1890-1946, Minnesota, Motion...
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Cris Benton  has used kite photography to document the surprisingly beautiful “saltscapes” of the South Bay, while  Matthew Booker ’s  Down By the Bay  is one of the best recent histories of the long, complicated, and contradictory relationship of urbanizing humans and the amazing inland estuary we enjoy as the Bay. 
Topics: Bay, San Francisco Bay, Bay Area, shorelines, salt ponds, reclamation, marshes, wetlands, salt...
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Ten minutes from the May 5, 2015 demonstration in front of 2840-2848 Folsom Street in San Francisco during the last open house before offers went in... some words from Carin McKay, Kirk Read, and Chris Carlsson, all tenants, and a short postscript from Mokai... video by Nick Kasimatis... many thanks!
Topics: displacement, eviction, San Francisco, housing, Land Trust, SF Community Land Trust, Frances...
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An old Spanish mission in the La Purisima State Park, California, is rebuilt by CCC units. Dust and dirt is shoveled from the mission ruins. Walls are reconstructed from adobe brick. Tile is made from clay found in the area and used for the roofing. The grounds are landscaped. National Archives Identifier: 12372 Local Identifier: 69.59 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled 1931 -...
Topics: Archaeology, Civilians, Landscape, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
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CCC men work on roads and trails, quarry building stone with a pneumatic drill, transplant trees, copy pottery, repair ruins at Far View House, and inspect ancient relics. Includes views of the cliff dwellings. National Archives Identifier: 11668 Local Identifier: 48.37 * Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse Activities of the Department of the Interior, compiled 1916 - 1976 *...
Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Indian antiquities, Mesa Verde National Park (Colo.), Motion pictures,...
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Peoples from the Arab World have been migrating to San Francisco for over a hundred years. The earliest were mostly from the Levant: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine; and also Yemen. Most recent immigrants coming from North Africaâs Magrib region (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) and Iraq since the first Gulf War. Why did they come here? How have they affected SF life? What are their ongoing connections to âhomelandsâ across the world? San Francisco, being a liberal progressive oasis,...
Topics: Arab, Middle East, immigration, San Francisco, Gay, Lesbian, conservatism
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Ruth Gravanis, longtime board member of San Francisco Tomorrow, describes how the NIMBY's of Brisbane turned back a plan to burn San Francisco's garbage in a new incinerator in their town, leading to the now much-vaunted curbside recycling program in San Francisco.
Topics: Recycling, garbage, solid waste, incinerators, NIMBY, San Francisco Tomorrow, Ruth Gravanis
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Ina Coolbrith, California’s first Poet Laureate (1915), was a contemporary of many male writers we count on for our understanding of what is meant by the American West. She was also a frequent contributor to  The Overland Monthly which acted as a vehicle for showcasing poets and authors exploring and constructing ideas of liberal selfhood as the United States moved westward. Biographer  Aleta George  and author  Stephen Mexal  provide a look at the literary landscape of the West and its...
Topics: liberalism, poetry, Overland Monthly, selfhood, public space, restaurants, gardens, parks,...
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The Presidio - a military outpost, and South of Market - the industrial and maritime center of early San Francisco, represented worlds of single men, soldiers, sailors, and miners, right? Archaeological research into the 19th-century neighborhood, the 18th-century El Presidio de San Francisco, and recent work around the Transbay Terminal area, gives us a picture of family life and maritime wives, where women and children participated in the hard work of everyday life in these settlements....
Topics: archaeology, early San Francisco, Presidio, Folsom and Main, family life, 19th century, class,...
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Missing Pieces: Remembering Elements of a Gone City Geographer  Dick Walker  looks at the formative politics of the region in his new book,  Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area , and takes us through the overheated bubbles and spectacular crashes, inequality, and delusion of the current moment.  Arthur O’Donnell  has methodically documented parts of the City slated for demolition or redevelopment from 2010–2018 in his  Bound to...
Topics: San Francisco, Bay Area, Silicon Valley, demolition, rebuilding, redevelopment, construction,...