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Living New Deal Project
May 21, 2022 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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The NYA trains youths for jobs. Describes modern industrial and agricultural machines (hay balers, threshers, reapers, etc.) which displace manpower. Unemployed youths loiter in hobo gangs. Boys receive training in the use of machine tools, carpentry, and auto mechanics at an NYA center. Girls are trained to cook and make dresses and to become beauticians (manicuring nails, setting hair, and applying facials). National Archives Identifier: 37222 Local Identifier: 119.1 * Creator(s): Office for...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Agricultural machinery, Automobiles, Beauty, Persona, Cooking, Machine-tools, Motion pictures,...
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
Mar 28, 2022 Shaping San Francisco
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The (in)famous satirical news coverage by Wes "Scoop" Nisker on KSAN-FM radio in the mid-1970s was issued on an LP in 1977 and this is Side B... B1 I'm A Turkey, Not A Ford B2 Tantric Boogie B3 Kissinger My Brezhnev B4 Natural Calamities and Unnatural Acts B5 The Double-Breasted Sutra B6 The Apocalyptic Bicentennial Conspiracy Show B6 Kundalini Cowboy Lead Vocals –  Phil Marsh (2)
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Topics: Gerald Ford, 1970s, Henry Kissinger, Cold War, comedy, satire, Scoop Nisker, Last News Show, oil...
Living New Deal Project
Mar 23, 2022 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):...
favoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Department of the Interior. National Park Service. (1934 - ), Irrigation,...
Living New Deal Project
Mar 9, 2022 Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Shows Birmingham and views of Alabama's mountains, homes, factories, mines, railways, and its State Parks, including Oak Mountain State Park, Weogufka State Park, De Soto State Park, and Cheaha State Park. CCC men in the parks crack rocks, construct lodges and roads, operate bulldozers and dump trucks, and study first aid and artificial respiration. Includes views of tourists driving into the parks, picnicking, and wading in streams. National Archives Identifier: 11699 Local Identifier: 48.68...
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Topics: Architecture, Birmingham (Ala.), Cheaha Mountain, Civilians, De Soto State Park (Ala.), Motion...
Living New Deal Project
Mar 8, 2022 Rural Electrification Administration, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
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RURAL ELECTRIFICATION IN OHIO features three films commissioned by Rural Electrification Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and created by legendary filmmakers Pare Lorentz and Joris Ivens. The landmark 1940 documentary Power and the Land tells the story of the Parkinson family, farmers in rural Ohio who electrified their farm with the help of a REA loan. Before electrification, work was done in old-fashioned, manual-labor intensive ways—water was carried by hand from the...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Pare Lorentz, rural electrification, farms, electricity, horsepower, water
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 12, 2022 Chris Carlsson
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canoeing under the piers along San Francisco's waterfront.
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Topics: waterfront, Piers, canoe
Living New Deal Project
Jun 7, 2020 American Documentary Films Inc.
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1939, 43 mins. Visionary documentary that contrasts the conditions of life in small towns and in the industrialized cities, starting with a brief portrait of pre-industrial United States, then moving into the modern chaotic, industrial and commercial city to reflect on the effects of this environment on family life and the raising of children, and finally proposing a return to a simpler life, in an idyllic "new city" in Maryland, constructed as a New Deal project, to promote proper...
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Topics: city, New york world's fair 1939 1940, world's fair, alienation, nature, city country contrast,...
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 19, 2020
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favorite 18

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Footage taken about a month after the massive earthquake and fire of 1906.
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Topics: Earthquake, Fire, 1906
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 27, 2019 Chris Carlsson
movies

eye 133,962

favorite 93

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Harry Hay describes gay sex when BVD's were still predominant underwear, before zippers in the 1930s... men would meet at Presidio guardhouse and go into the bushes.
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Topics: Presidio, Gay Sex, Harry Hay
Living New Deal Project
Mar 20, 2018 Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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eye 415

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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...
favoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Airports, Braille, Civilians, Forest fires, Highway construction, Michigan, Motion pictures,...
Living New Deal Project
Apr 12, 2017 Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On the town of Matanuska. Reel 1, a train arrives and passengers detrain. Reel 2 shows a house under construction, a farmer plowing, and views of cafes, a store, and the post office. Reel 3 shows views of the post office and a grocery store. Reel 4 shows the Matanuska Valley Pioneer office. Twin babies are weighed and measured in a hospital. Reel 5, people dance at a community hall. The volunteer fire department fights a fire. Reel 6, horses and mules are unloaded from box cars and auctioned....
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Topics: Fire stations, Horses, Hospitals, Matanuska (Alaska), Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
Nov 26, 2016 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...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Dance, Motion pictures, San Francisco (Calif.), Theater, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
Aug 2, 2016 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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NYA boys learn to use machine tools at various residence centers in Illinois. The boys operate lathes and milling machines, learn to weld, make incubators in a sheet metal shop, pour steel into molds, do blacksmithing work, and attend classes in auto mechanics, mechanical drawing, and radio repairing. Includes views of the meals served and of recreational facilities at the centers (libraries, sports contests, and billiard tables). National Archives Identifier: 37250 Local Identifier: 119.29...
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Topics: Machine-tools, Motion pictures, Steel, Work, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
Apr 30, 2016 Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On the care of feet and posture. Describes defects and their causes: weak arches from jumping with the knees stiff, and running flatfootedly; bad posture from poor sitting and standing habits; knock knees from standing on one foot. Illustrates preventive and remedial exercises. Students are pedographed in Beverly Hills, California schools. National Archives Identifier: 12381 Local Identifier: 69.68 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most...
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Beverly Hills (Calif.), Motion pictures, Schools, Living New Deal
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 25, 2016
movies

eye 7,192

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Ferlinghetti in his Potrero Hill home in 1965, ruminating on San Francisco
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Topics: Ferlinghetti, Potrero Hill, poetry
Shaping San Francisco
Jan 31, 2016 Shaping San Francisco
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favorite 1

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Animation showing Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley before and after inundation, with a quote from John Muir
( 1 reviews )
Topics: John Muir, Hetch Hetchy, San Francisco water system
Living New Deal Project
Nov 1, 2015 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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eye 236

favorite 3

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Shows opportunities in aviation offered by the NYA. Boys at Camp DeSoto, Tampa, Fla., work on motors and in wood and metal shops and classrooms. College students study aeronautics and meteorology. A seaplane lands and takes off at Glen Cove, Long Island. NYA administrator A. W. Williams and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt witness the installation of a seaplane base at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. National Archives Identifier: 37233 Local Identifier: 119.12 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War...
favorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Aeronautics, Meteorology in aeronautics, Motion pictures, New York, Poughkeepsie (N.Y.), Roosevelt...
Living New Deal Project
Feb 6, 2015 Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Students at Evander Childs High School, New York City, paint a mural depicting the history of western civilization. Reel 1, the materials (slaked lime, marble dust, and pigments) are prepared. Preliminary and full-size drawings and perforated tracings are made. The design is pounded through the perforations onto a recently plastered wall. Reel 2, the design lines are intensified and pigments applied and dried. Shows the finished mural. National Archives Identifier: 12368 Local Identifier: 69.55...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Motion pictures, Mural painting and decoration, New York (N.Y.), Living New Deal
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 18, 2014 Kathy Katz and Mike Kavanagh
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eye 14,879

favorite 21

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An excerpt from Farmcore, a 45-minute documentary about The Farm, the remarkable rural oasis under the freeways in San Francisco from 1974-1986, an autonomous zone that housed farm animals, rehearsal, and performance space, theater and punk rock...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews )
Topics: Farm, San Francisco, punk rock, 1970s, eviction, utopian experiment
Shaping San Francisco
Nov 19, 2013 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
Shaping San Francisco
Nov 10, 2013 Christian Bruno and Sam Green
movies

eye 11,524

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The 1969 San Francisco International Film Festival opens on the steps of City Hall, but is unexpectedly attacked by independent filmmakers with pies. This footage was long-lost and then found and made into a movie in the late 1990s.
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Topics: Film Festival, 1969, Pie Fight
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 19, 2013 Peace Navy
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excerpt from documentary on Fleet Week created by the Peace Navy as part of their campaign against the event.
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Topics: Peace Navy, Fleet Week, anti-militarism
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 17, 2013 California Newsreel
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excerpted from a one-hour documentary called "Redevelopment: A Marxist Analysis", this clip shows the frustration of the retired longshoremen in the Yerba Buena project area when ILWU president Harry Bridges failed to support their struggle against displacement.
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Topics: Redevelopment, ILWU, Harry Bridges
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
Oct 5, 2012 Shaping San Francisco
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Shaping San Francisco Talk featuring K. Ruby Blume of the Institute for Urban Homesteading in Oakland, Esperanza Pallana of pluckandfeather.com and the East Bay Urban Agriculture Alliance, and Melinda Stone from Howtohomestead.org. A wide ranging discussion on what urban homesteading is, how one gets started, what some of the principles and philosophies underlying it are, and much more.
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Topics: urban homesteading, urban agriculture, food, urban game, rabbits, bees, food security, food...
Shaping San Francisco
Sep 11, 2012 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
Jul 16, 2012 John Fulbright
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How a shrine to Shiva emerged in Golden Gate Park in the form of a cement pylon.
favoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Shiva, Golden Gate Park, religion
Shaping San Francisco
Mar 4, 2011 Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue
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excerpted from a documentary prepared by the Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue, showing the battles that took place in the late 1980s between anti-abortion direct action groups like OR, and women who defended clinics against them.
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Topics: abortion, women, Operation Rescue
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 28, 2011 Mary Ellen Churchill
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Alliance for the Rank and File activists in Local 2 HERE led a strike against Zim's Coffeehouse chain.
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Topics: strike, restaurant workers, Local 2
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 11, 2010
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Mud people descend on downtown San Francisco... the only rules? No walking and no talking! Merry mayhem ensues.
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Topics: mud people, financial district, anarchy
Shaping San Francisco
Mar 22, 2010
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West Portal tunnel under construction, Portola Drive cutting through empty surrounding hillsides.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: West Portal, Portola Drive, Sutro Forest
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 19, 2009 Chris Carlsson
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Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of Local 10 ILWU, describes the role of containerization in the global economy.
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Topics: containerization, longshoring, globalization
Shaping San Francisco
Sep 16, 2008
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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
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 13, 2008
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Fatty Arbuckle and one of his adoring dames, posing for the publicity cameras of the PPIE in 1915.
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Topics: Fatty Arbuckle, PPIE, 1915
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 13, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Harry Hay describes the scene along Market Street on July 9, 1934 as strikers tore hats from bankers and kept their own security.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Harry Hay, 1934 Strike, Funeral
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 12, 2008 Craig Baldwin
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Street theater held across from Gartland Pit in the mid-1980s. Peter Plate on megaphone.
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Topics: Gartland Pit, Street Theater, Peter Plate
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 12, 2008
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Hazel Lagenour, first woman to swim across the Golden Gate, in 1911, provided courtesy Bill Pickelhaupt.
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Topics: First swim, Golden Gate, Hazel Lagenour
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 12, 2008 Pathé News
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Original Pathe News newsreel footage describing the unfolding General Strike in breathless and fearsome tones. Another similar newsreel .
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Topics: Big Strike, 1934, newsreel
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 10, 2008
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silent footage of strikers marching, parading along waterfront, cops on horseback, scenes of the Embarcadero
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Topics: waterfront strike, longshoremen, 1934
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 10, 2008 Paper Tiger TV West
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scenes from demonstrations against the 1991 Gulf War in San Francisco.
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Topics: Gulf War I991, civic center, anti-war protests
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 7, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Harry Hay describes the pickup scene at the North Beach bar Finocchio's in the early 1930s.
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Topics: Harry Hay, Finocchio's, gay dating
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 5, 2008 Chunkmoonhunter Productions
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Hundreds of police attack the I-Hotel on Kearny in 1977 to evict the remaining tenants.
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Topics: I-Hotel, police, eviction
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 5, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of ILWU Local 10, describes the importance of the Hiring Hall to the culture and politics of longshoring.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: ILWU, hiring hall, longshoremen
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 5, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Herb Mills, former secretary-treasurer of ILWU Local 10, describes the lost landscape and culture of the old waterfront in San Francisco.
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Topics: waterfront, ILWU, working class culture
Shaping San Francisco
Aug 1, 2008
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Lucius Cabins, Helen Highwater and Linda Thomas hawking Processed World magazine at Market and Montgomery in the summer of 1982.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Processed World, financial district, dissent
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 30, 2008
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Turn of the 19th century crowds at Ocean Beach
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Topics: Ocean Beach, Cliff House, 1900
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 30, 2008
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3 seconds of the Cliff House from Ocean Beach, people milling about on the beach in the foreground.
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Topics: Cliff House, Ocean Beach, 1900
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 29, 2008
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Difficult to discern, but President Teddy Roosevelt is in a procession heading up Van Ness in this short clip.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Teddy Roosevelt, Van Ness, parade
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 29, 2008
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scenes of students being washed down rotunda stairs in SF City Hall during mass arrests at HUAC hearings, May 1960.
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Topics: HUAC, protests, City Hall
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 26, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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canoe ride into Mission Creek before the freeway was reconfigured or Mission Bay was built.
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Mission Creek, freeways, Mission Bay
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 26, 2008
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Animation dramatizing the choice between "prosperity" and "anarchy, sedition, and lawlessness" in 1916
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Topics: Tom Mooney, Preparedness Day, bomb
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 26, 2008 Mooney Defense
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Tom Mooney, filmed by his defense team in San Quentin, appeals for a new trial or a death sentence, rather than the endless years in jail... he had already been in jail for 16 years. Excerpt from "The Strange Case of Tom Mooney".
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Topics: Tom Mooney, San Quentin, Preparedness Day
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 19, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Seal Rock off the Cliff House, the ocean roaring around it.
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Topics: Seal Rock, Pacific Ocean, Cliff House view
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 19, 2008
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footage of Catholic Feast Day parade on Potrero Hill, April 25, 1937.
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Topics: Potrero Hill, Parade, Feast Day
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 16, 2008
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panoramic view of the PPIE on San Francisco's northern edge, 1915, as broadcast in a 1930s newsreel.
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Topics: PPIE, World's Fairs, Marina District
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 16, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Sea Lions cavort on piers facing San Francisco's Pier 39.
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Topics: Sea Lions, Pier 39, Tourism
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 11, 2008
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Mayor Angelo Rossi appeals to San Franciscans to allow business to proceed, while most of the city is on strike in July 1934.
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Topics: Mayor Rossi, General Strike, 1934
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 9, 2008
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A strike begins at the Union Iron Works at the foot of Potrero Hill in 1917.
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Topics: Strike, Potrero Hill, Union Iron Works
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 9, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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The San Francisco Illegal Soapbox Society conducted races on Bernal Heights for years, and still does at unpredictable times.
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Topics: Soapbox Derby, Bernal Heights, underground culture
Shaping San Francisco
Jul 5, 2008
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Dedication of Dewey Monument in Union Square, c. 1903. St. Francis Hotel visible behind scene.
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Topics: Union Square, Dewey Monument, 1903
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 27, 2008 Glenn Bachmann
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The old Falstaff brewery became a home to punk rockers in the early 1980s before its demolition. Here's a glimpse of an impromptu concert outside.
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Topics: Punk, Vats, Brewery
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 20, 2008
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Riot and destruction at City Hall in the wake of the slap-on-the-wrist manslaughter verdict against Dan White, murderer of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
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Topics: riot, White Night, Harvey Milk
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 9, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Lifelong Bernal Heights resident George Will describes growing up in the marshland near the Old Clam House on Bayshore Blvd. in the 'teens.
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Topics: Islais Creek, wetlands, Bernal Heights
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 9, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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"Diamond Dave" Whitaker recites his Digger poem
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Topics: Diamond Dave Whitaker, Diggers, counterculture
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 6, 2008
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scenes of Japanese-Americans being shipped out of the Fillmore on their way to "internment".
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Topics: Japanese Internment, WWII, war crimes
Shaping San Francisco
May 18, 2008
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Before occupational health and safety, this is how excavation was done. A steam shovel is digging a tunnel for the SF Muni, c. 1917.
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Topics: steam shovel, digging tunnels, excavation
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 18, 2008 Mary Ellen Churchill
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Alejandro Murguia, who fought in the 1978 Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, describes the role San Francisco played in the uprising.
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Topics: Sandinistas, Nicaragua, Bernal Heights
Shaping San Francisco
Mar 17, 2008 Biotic Baking Brigade
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Mayor Willie Brown is hit with 3 pies by activists of the Biotic Baking Brigade at a "Clean-up" event in Bayview/Hunter's Point.
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Topics: Willie Brown, Biotic Baking Brigade, pie-throwing
Shaping San Francisco
Mar 17, 2008
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Sped-up trip eastward along the old Sutro Steam railroad from Cliff house back towards the then-empty Golden Gate.
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Topics: Golden Gate, Lands End, railroad
Shaping San Francisco
Feb 10, 2008 Chris Carlsson
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Artist Mona Caron describes the meaning of her mural along the newly christened Duboce Bikeway.
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Topics: murals, Duboce Bikeway, Mona Caron
Shaping San Francisco
Mar 28, 2007
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Excerpt from the ACLU's "Operation Correction" in which they took an anti-communist propaganda film paid for by the U.S. gov't. and added a new soundtrack explaining what really happened at the May 1960 HUAC hearings in San Francisco.
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Topics: HUAC, 1960, ACLU
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 10, 2006 Chris Carlsson
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Heart of the City Farmers' Market in UN Plaza, San Francisco
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Topics: Farmers' Market, UN Plaza, Civic Center
Shaping San Francisco
Jan 22, 2006 Mary Ellen Churchill
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A rank and file member of Local 2 denounces the rampant corruption and anti-democratic practices of the union leadership under Joe Belardi.
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Topics: Union democracy, rank and file, corruption
Shaping San Francisco
Nov 26, 2005
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Silent footage of picketers marching through the streets and attacking a scab-driven streetcar at Haight and Buchanan during violent 1917 streetcar strike.
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Topics: Streetcar strike, URR, 1917
Shaping San Francisco
Sep 11, 2005
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brief excerpt from a documentary on the Key System, which once ran trains across the Bay Bridge.
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Topics: Key System, Ferry Building, Bay trains
Shaping San Francisco
Jun 11, 2005 Biker-X
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footage of the chaotic July 1997 ride in which Mayor Brown unleashed the police to attack bicyclists.
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Topics: bicycles, Critical Mass, police riot
Shaping San Francisco
Apr 29, 2004 Jim Swanson
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Original opening animation for Shaping San Francisco CD-ROM in 1998.
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Topics: San Francisco, animation, Jim Swanson
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Abby Smith Rumsey, author of When We Are No More,  in conversation with Shaping San Francisco's LisaRuth Elliott, covering topics of memory, technology, archives, history, politics, and more.
Topics: archives, memory, libraries, books, technology, computers, Internet, websites, digital memory, oral...
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This is part two of a public conversation about the history of U.S.-Philippines relations as seen through the prism of San Francisco history. It is a recording of a Talk given at CounterPULSE under the auspices of Shaping San Francisco on February 8, 2006. This is a 30-minute excerpt prepared by Josh Wilson of Independent Arts & Media and originally broadcast on KUSF-FM in San Francisco.
Topics: history, Philippines-U.S. War, Spanish-American War, Philippines
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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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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 San Francisco's storied "Freeway Revolt," is the 5th 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) turned into short videos. I hope it will whet your appetite for both buying the book (available at...
Topics: freeway, freeway revolt, Sue Bierman, Embarcadero Freeway, Central Freeway, Malvina Reynolds,...
Shaping San Francisco
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This is a movie clip from Jay Rosenblatt's Human Remains .  Used by permission and courtesy of Jay Rosenblatt.
Topics: Jay Rosenblatt, Film
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Interviewed as part of the 2011 Ecology Emerges project, Doris Sloan, professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, here recounts her early involvement in the unprecedented campaign to halt the construction of a nuclear power plant on the San Andrea Fault in Bodega Bay, California in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Topics: Nuclear power, Bodega Bay, PG&E, plate tectonics, community involvement, public participation,...
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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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Greta Snider is an experimental filmmaker whose work ranges from a variety of subjects and aesthetics. From a DIY documentary style with films such as Hard Core Home Movie and Portland , to collage essay films with Futility.  She has used both aesthetics in films No-Zones, Our Gay Brothers, and Blood Story .  She is currently a tenured Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University.
Topics: Snider, experimental, films
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Youth and upbringing; early involvement in civil rights and labor movements.
Topics: SF State, Freedom Summer, Civil Rights Movement
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
- Kate Case
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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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Join queer organizers from Pride at Work/HAVOQ and other community organizations to discuss gentrification, how the economy affects queer workers, and redefining the gay agenda. This recording was primarily of the Queer Agenda discussion, but also has the report-backs from the other groups at theend of the night. Reexamine what is seen as a queer issue in San Francisco, as we dig into our ongoing struggles for justice around issues that daily affect our lives and those in our communities. In a...
Topics: Queer, agenda, workers' rights, gentrification, class, rich and poor, unions, labor, human rights,...
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Peter Berg, an original San Francisco Digger, describes how their ubiquitous poster image called "1% Free" came to be, detailing the origin of the photo, the soruce of 1% in the Hells Angels at the time, and the production and distribution of the poster itself.
Topics: Diggers, Peter Berg, 1% Free, Free, Hells Angels, Chinatown, Arnold Genthe
Living New Deal Project
- Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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On State parks in New England. Reel 1 shows the Maine coast, Bar Harbor, and Baxter and Moose Brook State Parks; picnickers cook on a grill; CCC men work in the forests. Shows Connecticut's Acculney State Park. Oxen pull up stumps of trees. Horses pull cart loads of lumber. Reel 2 shows Connecticut's Proctor and Elmore State Parks, Virginia's Dorlim State Park, and Massachusett's Mohawk Trail and Savoy State Parks. Includes views of picnickers and hikers, sawmill operations, fishing, and road...
Topics: Bar Harbor (Me.), Baxter State Park (Me.), Civilians, Elmore State Park (Vt.), Fishing, Forests and...
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New Deal Film Festival, disc 2: Building the Safety Net FDR: Three Million Americans FDR Signs Social Security Mortgage Insurance We Work America Dance Interlude The River FDR: CCC Camp Visit Dust Bowl Song Al Jolson on the NRA The Road is Open Again
Topics: Living New Deal, FDR, Franklin Roosevelt, Social Security, CCC, WPA, Rivers, water, dust bowl, NRA
Shaping San Francisco
- Adriana Camarena
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Polo Gonzalez is a Mission District local. He has been involved in community services since his youth, including graffiti abatement programs, volunteering at event security for Carnival, and most recently, collaborating with the DJ Project at Horizons Unlimited, which teaches youth creative and business management skills. Today, he is a manager at a Philz Coffeehouse, where he politely admonishes clients who call The Mission, “The Mish” , to please call it by its proper name. His family was...
Topics: Campfire, Eviction, Ellis Act, Mission District, Adriana Camarena, Polo Gonzalez, CalHumanities,...
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA projects in New Jersey. Reel 1, the Dana mansion in the Palisades Interstate Park is dismantled. In Roosevelt Park, ditches are dug and pipe laid for a water system and a hospital is under construction. Reel 2, women stitch garments at a sewing center. A road is dynamited and rock removed in the Palisades Park. The Ringling mansion is dismantled. Water pipe is laid in Greenbrook Park. A concrete culvert is erected at Englewood. National Archives Identifier: 12364 Local Identifier: 69.50...
Topics: Building, Buildings, Motion pictures, New Jersey, Palisades Park (N.J.), Sewage, Sewing,...
Living New Deal Project
- 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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Harry Hay was a co-founder of the Mattachine Society, participant in the San Francisco General Strike of 1934, organizer of the first Radical Faerie Gathering. Harry Hay was at the heart of arts, activism, spirituality and sexual identities in the 20th century. Learn about this amazing man and discuss his legacies today. With Will Roscoe, editor of "Radically Gay: Gay Liberation in the Words of its Founder--Harry Hay" (Beacon Press: 1996), and Joey Cain, curator of the new exhibit on...
Topics: homosexual, gay, gay rights, queer, gender, theater, Maritime strike 1934, Communist Party
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With dynamically illustrated perspectives across the art form, hundreds of photographs and numerous essays have been curated by StencilArchive.orgâs founder, Russell Howze. Stencil Nation builds upon published works to give the most extensive and up-to-date history of stencil art, as well as how-to tips from the artists. Recorded April 15, 2009 at CounterPULSE, part of Shaping San Francisco's ongoing Art & Politics Talks series.
Topics: art, politics, stencils, graffiti, murals, urban art, street art
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Overcoming Work and Sacrifice Surprising numbers of people too often accept or encourage a âcollapse of civilizationâ as a necessary precondition for radical change. Come and discuss the 19th century visionary Paul LaFargueâs re-issued book âThe Right to Be Lazyâ along with our visions of a post-capitalist life that imagines a life of abundance, generosity, and cooperation. Editor Bernard Marszalek and Chris Carlsson (Nowtopia) discuss with the audience.
Topics: Work, Laziness, Wage-labor, consumption, economy, coops, sacrifice, volunteerism, business,...
Not long after the transit tunnels of Muni and Bart went in below Market Street in the '70s, a San Franciscan butterfly â the Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) discovered an ecosystem freshly lined with one of its larval food, or host trees: the London Plane sycamore (Plantanus acerifolia). Males fly among the treetops, females lay eggs on the leaves, caterpillars feed and pupate, and adult butterflies emerge. This creature's entire lifecycle has played out for years unheralded by...
Topics: butterflies, Tiger Swallowtail, London Plane trees, Sycamores, riparian corridors, canyons, urban...
Living New Deal Project
- Department of Agriculture. Farm Security Administration. Information Division
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The film presents the social and economic history of the Great Plains -- from the time of the settlement of the prairies, through the World War I boom, to the years of depression and drought. The first part of the film shows cattle as they grazed on grasslands, and homesteaders who hurried onto the plains and grew large wheat crops. The second part depicts the postwar decline of the wheat market, which resulted in overproduction. Footage shows farm equipment used, then abandoned. The third part...
Topics: Droughts, Dust storms, Wheat, Living New Deal
Shaping San Francisco - Audio Recordings
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Local historian, geographer and author Gray Brechin ("Imperial San Francisco") gives an opinionated and sharp tour through the hidden legacy of the New Deal in San Francisco and California. He looks at buildings, murals, and more, with a clear exposition of the different agencies that organized the work: CCC, WPA, PWA, etc. Held at CounterPULSE, Nov. 12, 2008, as part of the ongoing Shaping San Francisco Talks series.
Topics: New Deal, WPA, Depression, 1930s, San Francisco, CCC, PWA, public works, FDR, Franklin Roosevelt
Living New Deal Project
- Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Civilian Conservation Corps members set up camp areas, thin and clear forests, clear and mark bridle trails, build fences around pasture lands, clean out prairie dog holes, and construct roads in the national forests of Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Includes shots of recreational facilities available to CCC members. National Archives Identifier: 7389 Local Identifier: 33.475 Creator(s): * Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service. (01/02/1954 - 04/13/1970) (Most Recent) From:...
Topics: Civilians, Colorado, Forests and forestry, Motion pictures, National parks and reserves, South...