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Living New Deal Project

In the depths of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt promised the American people a “New Deal.” Over the decade 1933-43, a constellation of federally sponsored programs put millions of jobless Americans back to work and helped to revive a moribund economy. The result was a rich landscape of public works across the nation, often of outstanding beauty, utility and craftsmanship. No city, town, or rural area was untouched by the New Deal. Hundreds of thousands of roads, schools, t...



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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...
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Topics: Agricultural machinery, Automobiles, Beauty, Persona, Cooking, Machine-tools, Motion pictures,...
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):...
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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...
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Topics: Pare Lorentz, rural electrification, farms, electricity, horsepower, water
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,...
Living New Deal Project
Mar 20, 2018 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,...
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...
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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...
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Topics: Beverly Hills (Calif.), Motion pictures, Schools, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
Nov 1, 2015 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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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...
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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...
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Topics: Motion pictures, Mural painting and decoration, New York (N.Y.), Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
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Forests and Men
Topics: CCC, New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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Shows many views of the gardens and exterior shots of the Embassy of Great Britain in Washington, D. C. National Archives Identifier: 37237 Local Identifier: 119.16 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration. (09/17/1942 - 01/01/1944) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled ca. 1937 - 1942 * Record Group 119: Records of the National Youth Administration, 1934 - 1945 * Item Type(s) of Archival...
Topics: Department of State. U.S. Embassy Great Britain (06/22/1893 - ), Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Shows scenes in Alaska: views of the coast on the Gulf of Alaska; panoramic shots of a small port; the train station and street scenes in Seward; scenic views along a railroad right-of-way (railroad bridge, tunnels, mountains, etc.); and timber tracts. National Archives Identifier: 12335 Local Identifier: 69.19 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:...
Topics: Alaska, Motion pictures, Railroads, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
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Showcase of New York State work completed through the New Deal
Topics: WPA, New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in New York City. Shows warehouses and streets under construction in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Wharves are repaired, sewer pipe laid, and street car tracks removed. Buildings are razed along East River Drive. The New York Public Library is reroofed. Relief maps of the city are made. A stained glass window is placed in the West Point Academy dining hall. Children receive instruction in handicraft. Retarded readers receive instruction. Shows nursery...
Topics: Buildings, Department of Defense. Department of the Army. U.S. Military Academy. (09/18/1947 - ),...
Living New Deal Project
- Civilian Conservation Corps. Division of Planning and Public Relations
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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...
Living New Deal Project
- Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Shows samples of badly eroded farm land in Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas, and illustrates how Civilian Conservation Corps units are combatting soil erosion. CCC members construct check dams in gullies, build wings around the gullies, plant black locust seedlings and honeysuckles along the banks, fill the gullies with hay and brush, and dynamite the edges of the gullies to level the terrain. National Archives Identifier: 7398 Local Identifier: 33.488 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture....
Topics: Erosion, Motion Pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) dam construction. Rock and sand is removed from the site of the Grand Coulee Dam. Steel reinforcement is erected for an earth dam at Fort Peck, Montana. Shows general construction scenes at Boulder Dam, and the packet boat Mark Twain on the Mississippi. Steel reinforcements for the Bonneville Dam are set in place. Concrete is poured and spread. Obstructions are removed with dynamite. National Archives Identifier: 12332 Local Identifier: 69.16 Creator(s):...
Topics: Dams, Military bases, Mississippi, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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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
- Department of Agriculture, Office of Public Affairs
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8 minute film on the aridity of the Great Plains. National Archives Identifier: 1709 Local Identifier: 16-P-767 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Office of Public Affairs. (1990 - 1995) (Most Recent) From: Series : Public Information and Training Motion Picture and Television Productions, compiled 1990 – 1995 * Record Group 16: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture, 1794 - ca. 2003 Level of Description: Item Type(s) of Archival Materials: Moving Images This item was...
Topics: Great Plains, aridity, rainfall, humidity, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- 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...
Living New Deal Project
- Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On activities of youth. in the out-of-school program of the NYA in New Mexico. Spanish crafts are practiced at Albuquerque (Mountain Park Recreation center), Cienega, Las Vegas, and Jemez Springs. Boys work with wood and tin and girls weave and embroider. Other activities include tennis court construction, restoration of kivas, school construction, and furniture making. Shows recreational activities at the camps. National Archives Identifier: 37240 Local Identifier: 119.19 Creator(s): Office...
Topics: Archaeology, Handicraft, Motion pictures, New Mexico, Students, Work
Living New Deal Project
- Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On NYA centers in Georgia and Alabama. Reel 1, Negro boys feed chickens and pigs, plow with tractors, landscape grounds, and repair dormitories at centers in Boligee, Ala., and in Dorchester, Ga. Girls prepare and serve meals, weave baskets, and make mattresses. Reel 2, boys construct chairs in a woodworking class at an Atlanta high school. Shows home economics classes, radio instruction, and shoe making courses at Georgia State College Girls cook meals, make dresses, and attend nursing classes...
Topics: Georgia State College (Atlanta, Ga.), Home economics, Landscape, Livestock, Motion pictures, Work,...
Living New Deal Project
- 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, Motion pictures, Living...
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Harry Hopkins and other members of President Roosevelt's flood relief committee inspect flood relief activities in Pennsylvania. The committee examines temporary tent camp facilities for evacuees, the operation of soup kitchens, damage to roads, board and sand bag levees, and flooded jetties and wharves. The committee scans the banks of the Ohio River from a river steamboat. National Archives Identifier: 12323 Local Identifier: 69.7 Creator(s): * Federal Works Agency. Work Projects...
Topics: Floods, Hopkins Harry L. (Harry Lloyd) 1890-1946, Motion pictures, Pennsylvania, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Telephone lines are constructed between fire lookout stations in the national forests of the United States. Poles are creosoted, placed in position, and bolstered with guide wires. Wire is reeled out on the ground along the right-of-way and then raised on the poles by linemen. Includes shots of various methods of attaching the line to poles and to trees, of installing insulators, and of splicing wire. National Archives Identifier: 7410 Local Identifier: 33.525 Creator(s): Department of...
Topics: Motion pictures, Telephone, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- 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...
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Federal Theatre activities in San Bernardino, California. Shows details of stage lighting, sets under construction, wardrobe fittings, and scenes in rehearsal. Scenes from the opening night presentation of the play "Habit" are shown. National Archives Identifier: 12374 Local Identifier: 69.61 * 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...
Topics: Motion pictures, San Bernardino (Calif.), Theater, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
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CCC work done on Cuyamaca State Park in CA.
Topics: CCC, New Deal
Living New Deal Project
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CCC work at Cayamaca Rancho State Park in CA
Topics: Cuyamaca Rancho, CCC, CA
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Illinois. Shows a dam at Greenville under construction. City streets are paved with brick, and sewer pipes are laid. An airport is graded and a drainage system installed. Shows activities in a WPA sewing room. Peaches are canned in a cannery operated by the WPA and the National Youth Administration. Shows the operation of a WPA trachoma clinic. County roads are graded and resurfaced. Abraham Lincoln landmarks in New Salem are restored. Shows...
Topics: Airports, Canning and preserving, Dams, Highway construction, Illinois, Motion pictures, New Salem...
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA projects in New Jersey. Shows the Newark airport, the city hall in Jersey City, and a recreation center at Perth Amboy built by the WPA. Shows construction on a reservoir at Atlantic City. Girls attend domestic science classes. Rock is dynamited and cabins are erected in the Palisades Interstate Park. A bypass road is graded near Perth Amboy. Boys play at Camp Hope. Oil is sprayed on stagnant water to combat mosquitoes. Shows nursery school activities. National Archives Identifier: 12360...
Topics: Atlantic City (N.J.), Buildings, Highway construction, Home economics, Motion pictures, New Jersey,...
Living New Deal Project
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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
Living New Deal Project
- 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,...
Living New Deal Project
- Department of the Interior. Bureau of Mines. Pittsburgh Experiment Station
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Shows the natural resources and beauty of Texas. Shows oil fields, the U.S. helium plant (Bureau of Mines) at Amarillo, sulphur mining on the Gulf coast, and extensive views of the Big Bend State Park, including activities of the Civilian Conservation Corps. National Archives Identifier: 12481 Local Identifier: 70.158 * Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Bureau of Mines. Pittsburgh Experiment Station. (1934 - 01/19/1975) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Public Information Films and Video...
Topics: Amarillo (Tex.), Civilians, Helium, Motion pictures, Petroleum industry and trade, Texas, Living...
Living New Deal Project
- 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
- 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,...
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...
Living New Deal Project
- Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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CCC units deter soil erosion in the Los Padres National Forest and build check dams above the Santa Barbara, Calif., reservoir. Reel 1 shows forest scenery, panoramic views of the city, mission buildings, a water filtration plant, and the city's reservoir. A fire rages through the forest in 1933. Rain water washes silt from the denuded slopes into the reservoir. CCC members sow mustard grass on the slopes. Reel 2, check dams are constructed above the reservoir to catch the silt. Excavations are...
Topics: Dams, Forest fires, Motion pictures, National parks and reserves, Santa Barbara (Calif.), Soil...
Living New Deal Project
- Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Shows views of Yosemite National Park including "Big Tree Lodge," "Wawona Tunnel Trees," rock formations, and streams. Tourists fish in a stream, stroll along a forest path, and ride horses and bicycles in the park. CCC men work in the park. National Archives Identifier: 11725 Local Identifier: 48.94 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse Activities of the...
Topics: Bicycles, Civilians, Fishing, Motion pictures, Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
Living New Deal Project
- Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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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.),...
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
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...
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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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
Living New Deal Project
- Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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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...
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Documentary: On the employment of Negroes in Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects. Reel 1: Contrasts scenes of Negroes waiting in breadlines with those employed in Federal work programs such as public building construction, nursery schools and land record indexing. Shows household and health care training programs and general adult education classes. Reel 2: Shows programs available for Negro artists, musicians, writers and actors. William Lawrence directs an art song group, Juanita...
Topics: Adult education, African Americans, Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939...
Living New Deal Project
- Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On NYA work training projects. Boys work on milling machines and lathes, make dies, forge and shape metal for army cots, cut and shape sheet metal for oil cans, and pour lead casings. At Buffalo, N.Y. boys and girls machine small metal boxes for electrical units, work in a foundry, assemble gliders, and assist in the construction of Flying Fortresses in an aircraft plant. National Archives Identifier: 37228 Local Identifier: 119.7 * Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower...
Topics: Airplanes, B-17 bomber, Gliders (Aeronautics), Machine-tools, Motion pictures, New York, Work,...
Living New Deal Project
- Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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This film is on Maryland's Patapsco Forest State Park. The footage shows the park's forests and streams and a close-up of Avalon Dam on the Patapsco River. Scenes show Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) men as they worked on the park's roads with picks and shovels, cleared the banks and drained swampy areas, laid out trails, drilled and broke rock, and slept in outdoor quarters. The footage includes a panoramic view of Baltimore, Maryland. National Archives Identifier: 11665 Local Identifier:...
Topics: Baltimore (Md.), Civilian Conservation Corps. (1937 - 07/01/1939), Patapsco Valley State Park...
Living New Deal Project
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African American choir performing spirituals.
Topics: New Deal, African American Culture
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Shows brief shots of rehearsal and pre-rehearsal activity: costuming, stage setting, script preparation, etc. Shows scenes from Federal Theatre productions: "Arabian Nights," "Hansel and Gretel," "Don Quixote," "The Merchant of Venice," "Seventh Heaven," etc. National Archives Identifier: 12377 Local Identifier: 69.64 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion...
Topics: Los Angeles (Calif.), Motion pictures, Theater, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Horses and tractors pull rolling cages from railroad flat cars as a circus is unloaded in an unidentified town. The cages are pulled to the circus lot. Elephants assist in the erection of the main tent. Shows aerial views of the circus grounds. Horses, camels, elephants, and a steam calliope appear in a formal street parade. National Archives Identifier: 12379 Local Identifier: 69.66 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) *...
Topics: Camels, Circus, Elephants, Horses, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) flood relief operations in the Ohio River Valley. Flood waters rage in the Upper Ohio Valley in January, 1937. Boats are used to rescue persons trapped in buildings. The Red Cross distributes food at an outdoor kitchen. The WPA distributes clothing. Nurses inoculate children for typhoid. Levees and sea walls are constructed in the Lower Ohio Valley. Harry Hopkins, Gen. Edward M. Markham, Col. F.C. Harrington, Surgeon General Thomas Parran, and Red Cross...
Topics: American Red Cross (02/12/1978 - ), Arkansas, Cincinnati (Ohio), Fires, Flood control, Floods,...
Living New Deal Project
- Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On the 1941 inauguration. Reel 1 shows crowds along the parade route, NYA parade units forming, the Presidential car passing to the Capitol from the White House, and Pres. Roosevelt being sworn in by Chief Justice Hughes. FDR waves to the crowd as his car leaves the Capitol grounds. Reel 2, parade units pass in review: cavalry, tanks, West Point cadets, Annapolis midshipmen, NYA contingents, the Marine Corps band, etc. National Archives Identifier: 37235 Local Identifier: 119.14 Creator(s):...
Topics: Hughes Charles Evans 1862-1948, Inauguration Day, Motion pictures, Roosevelt Franklin D. (Franklin...
Living New Deal Project
- Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Civilian Conservation Corps members build truck trails and auto roads, erect bridges, clear snag from wooded areas, construct telephone lines, survey and estimate forest lands, clear camping grounds and develop grazing lands in the Umpqua National Forest of Oregon. CCC units assist in flood rescue work at Kelso, Washington, and fight a forest fire near Tillamook, Oregon. National Archives Identifier: 7385 Local Identifier: 33.471 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service....
Topics: Civilians, Floods, Forest fires, Forests and forestry, Kelso (Wash.), Motion pictures, National...
Living New Deal Project
- Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Civilian Conservation Corps units dredge silt from the beds of trout streams, construct dams to filter debris from the streams, check stagnant ponds and creeks from flowing into the streams, and stock the streams with young trout taken from a fish hatchery. National Archives Identifier: 7409 Local Identifier: 33.520 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 *...
Topics: Dams, Hydraulic engineering, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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On California's State parks. Reel 1 shows forests, streams, waterfalls, brush, and mountains in Redwood, Humboldt, Calaveras, and Tamalpais State Parks. CCC men clear undergrowth, cut and process lumber, dig culverts, build bridges, and work on roads and trails with bulldozers and tractors. Reel 2 shows views of Prairie Creek and Big Sur State Parks, including views of the San Jacinto mountain range. CCC men work and relax in the parks. Reel 3 shows Cuyamaca Ranch State Park. CCC men construct...
Topics: Architecture, Big Sur (Calif.), Civilians, Earthmoving machinery, Motion pictures, Mountains,...
Living New Deal Project
- Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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A swimming instructor teaches a boy how to float and to swim. Illustrates, in detail, the different types of leg and arm motions used in recognized swimming styles. Emphasizes the need to build confidence in the novice swimmer. National Archives Identifier: 7415 Local Identifier: 33.546 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...
Topics: Motion pictures, Swimming, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On the operation of a NYA farm at Weiser, Idaho. Boys finish construction of a dormitory, dig a ditch for a septic tank, grade a road, bale hay, plow, feed chickens and pigs, weld steel ladders, and erect a fire escape. Girls wash clothes, take dictation, sew clothes, attend a dressmaking class, and serve meals. National Archives Identifier: 37244 Local Identifier: 119.23 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration....
Topics: Agriculture Cooperative, Highway construction, Home economics, Motion pictures, Work, Living New...
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Massachusetts. Streets in Springfield are paved and sewer pipe installed. WPA artists paint shore scenes. Shows playground activity. Ship models are built at Marblehead. Methods of preventing silicosis among granite workers are tested at Quincy. Breeches buoy rescue practice is conducted by the Coast Guard on Cape Cod. Nurses instruct mothers in the care of babies. Shows a hatchery at Gloucester, braille mapping at the Perkings Institute for...
Topics: Braille, Fishes, Lungs, Massachusetts, Motion pictures, Nursery schools, Painting, Playgrounds,...
Living New Deal Project
- Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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On the construction of brick pavements. Describes the steps in the construction of a brick highway. Shows a completed four lane brick highway. National Archives Identifier: 7412 Local Identifier: 33.531 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 Service, 1888 - 2000 Level of Description: Item Type(s) of Archival Materials:...
Topics: Highway construction, Motion pictures, Roads, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in New York. Shows a reservoir at Albany under construction. Garments for relief families are made in WPA sewing rooms. A marionette show is presented at a Buffalo school. Shows scenes at the West Point Military Academy and the Palisades Interstate Park. Dramatizes the part played by WPA crime laboratory technicians in capturing a safecracker. Shows views of restored Fort Niagara. County roads and forest roads in the Adirondacks are constructed....
Topics: Criminal investigation, Department of Defense. Department of the Army. U.S. Military Academy....
Living New Deal Project
- Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Shows CCC men at work in the State Park at Big Sur, California. CCC men cook on an outdoor grill, dig drainage ditches, split logs, crack rocks, unload supplies at camp, cut trails through the forest, operate power shovels, rollers and tractors, and ride to and from work in trucks. Tourists visit the park. Includes views of mountains, forests, a suspension bridge across a river, and Big Sur River. National Archives Identifier: 11690 Local Identifier: 48.59 * Creator(s): Department of the...
Topics: Architecture, Big Sur (Calif.), Bridges, Civilians, Earthmoving machinery, Motion pictures, Living...
Living New Deal Project
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New Deal film of CCC work in the forests.
Topics: New Deal, CCC
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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TRAILER: Presents a series of hands engaged in activities that range from resting to important daily tasks, to dramatize the greater economic value of hands put to work by the Works Progress Administration. National Archives Identifier: 12361 Local Identifier: 69.47 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 Administration, 1922 -...
Topics: Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943), Hand, Motion...
Living New Deal Project
- 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
- Department of Agriculture. Forest Service
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This film documents Civilian Conservation Corps activities as the Berryman camp in Missouri. It shows camp personnel; the arrival of new enrollees; building the camp, fire towers and roads; walnut planting; and recreation activities. National Archives Identifier: 6124463 Local Identifier: 95.442 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Forest Service. (07/01/1905 - ) (Most Recent) From: Series : Forest Service Public Information Films and Public Service Announcements, compiled 1945 - 1995 *...
Topics: Fire lookout stations, Mark Twain National Forest (Mo.), Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Explains how insectivorous plants feed themselves, using the pitcher plant and the sundew plant for examples. Leaves of a pitcher plant are cut away showing dead beetles and other insects. Time-lapse studies show how the sundew plant catches insects with its tentacles and digests them. Microscopic shots show protoplasm in the tentacles. National Archives Identifier: 12345 Local Identifier: 69.31 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most...
Topics: Botany, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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President Roosevelt converses with bystanders while seated in an auto. Eleanor Roosevelt escorts a group of people over the grounds of the estate. Men on a small sailing boat display a catch of fish. Includes shots of roadside scenery taken from a moving vehicle. National Archives Identifier: 37246 Local Identifier: 119.25 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration. (09/17/1942 - 01/01/1944) (Most Recent) From: Series...
Topics: Hyde Park (Dutchess County N.Y.), Motion pictures, Roosevelt Eleanor 1884-1962, Roosevelt Franklin...
Living New Deal Project
- Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On activities at the NYA work experience center, Wilberforce University, Ohio. Shows classes in woodwork, metal crafts, machine shop, cooking, and typesetting. Negro youths mold and make bricks which are used in the construction of a field house. National Archives Identifier: 37234 Local Identifier: 119.13 * Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration. (09/17/1942 - 01/01/1944) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion...
Topics: Cooking, Machine-tools, Motion pictures, Work, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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Shows NYA youth in a flag-raising ceremony near Reading, Pa., as the house where Daniel Boone was born is opened to the public. National Archives Identifier: 37230 Local Identifier: 119.9 * Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration. (09/17/1942 - 01/01/1944) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled ca. 1937 - 1942 * Record Group 119: Records of the National Youth Administration, 1934 - 1945 *...
Topics: Daniel Boone Homestead Site (Birdsboro Pa.), Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
- 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...
Living New Deal Project
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New Deal-produced film on San Jacinto Mountains in CA.
Topics: New Deal, CCC