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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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1948 U.S. Department of the Interior
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1948, 21:10 minutes Produced by the US Dept. of the Interior Filmed by the Bonneville Power Administration Produced and Written by Stephen B. Kahn Songs by Woody Guthrie Congress had passed the Bonneville Project Act in 1937 to distribute the electricity generated at Bonneville and Grand Coulee dams on the Columbia River.  The law said publicly-created utilities had preference, or first choice, on that power; investor-owned utilities could buy any surplus. The law also provided a block of...
Topics: Bonneville Power Administration, Woody Guthrie, Columbia River, Washington, dams, power, rivers,...
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New Deal Film Festival disc 4: Hope for the Future, Building Community FDR: A Warning A Model Home Alaska: The Last Frontier Texas: The New Frontier FDR's Family Power and the Land FDR Re-elected Out of the Red
Topics: Franklin Roosevelt, Living New Deal, housing, Alaska, Texas, Power, Electricity, Debt
Living New Deal Project
1942 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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The NYA trains girls to sew, to make military and civil defense posters and signs, to prepare food, and to assist in hospital work (feeding and massaging patients, sterilizing instruments, making x-ray pictures, etc.). Women learn to operate machine tools (drill presses, lathes, etc) in an airplane plant, to weld sheet metal, to solder and drill radio parts, and to inspect finished work. Eleanor Roosevelt introduces and narrates the film. National Archives Identifier: 37236 Local Identifier:...
Topics: Machine-tools, Motion pictures, Nurses, Roosevelt Eleanor 1884-1962, Welding, Women, Work, World...
Living New Deal Project
1942 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration.
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Unedited footage showing NYA restoration of this small Spanish settlement in San Antonio, Texas. Reel 1, NYA girls make Spanish poster decorations which are put up for the Christmas fiesta. Reel 2, San Antonio mayor Maury Maverick watches NYA boys excavating, leveling ground, and laying brick wall. Shows parts of the restored Alamo and the San Jose Mission. Reel 3, Apache Indians present a Matachina dance at the Christmas fiesta, stone is moved and chiseled. Doors are planed and painted. Reel...
Topics: Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.), Apache Indians, Architecture, Fireplaces, Mission San José y San Miguel...
Living New Deal Project
1942 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Adjustment Administration United States Film Service
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1942, 43 minutes Documentary showing the poor state that American agriculture had fallen into during the Great Depression. Flaherty made this documentary about the dire consequences of 100 years of over-production of cotton just as the USA was entering World War2, & it wasn't shown then, because it might give the enemy a propaganda advantage. In fact the musical score, which fills the entire 45 minutes of the film is as striking as the poetic imagery of the dust bowl, the indigent farmers,...
Topics: agriculture, farming, erosion, soil, Depression, 1930s, dust bowl, farmers, poverty, migration
Living New Deal Project
1942 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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Graduates of NYA schools operate lathes, presses, and milling machines a machine shop. Airplane, wings and fuselages are drilled and welded by girls. Life Jackets are tested. Life rafts are assembled and waterproofed. Deck section of a submarine are moved and assembled in a shipyard. Bulkhead sections are welded. The submarine is launched. National Archives Identifier: 37223 Local Identifier: 119.2 * Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training....
Topics: Life rafts, Machine-tools, Motion pictures, Ships, Submarines (Ships), Work, World War 1939-1945,...
Living New Deal Project
1941 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
1941 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On NYA activities in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Reel 1, Puerto Rican children and young men idle on street corners and in saloons. NYA youths hoe corn, gather tomatoes, transplant seedlings, and drain mosquito-infested ditches. Girls assist nurses. Reel 2, Puerto Rican girls donate blood and work in a selective service office. Boys do woodwork, grade a road, and level an airstrip at Losey Field, P.R. Reel 3 (color) shows aerial and ground views of coastline, flowers, and cities in the...
Topics: Agriculture, Cooperative, Air bases, Highway construction, Motion pictures, Nurses, Puerto Rico,...
Living New Deal Project
1941 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
1941 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On cooperation among the NYA, the Public Health Service, clinics, and private physicians and dentists to improve the health of U.S. youth. Boys and girls receive physical examinations at a free clinic. Children play and exercise in an orthopedic clinic. Includes shots of a Public Health Service dietary kitchen and of youngsters swimming, boxing, doing calisthenics, and practicing archery. National Archives Identifier: 37238 Local Identifier: 119.17 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management....
Topics: Children, Medical care, Motion pictures, Physical education and training, Sports
Living New Deal Project
1941 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On a typical day at an NYA girls center at Cherrydale Kansas. Girls arise; do calisthenics; breakfast; clean their rooms; cut patterns, design dresses, and use sewing machines; wash clothes; type; do quilting; participate in volleyball, baseball, and tennis games; cook supper; dance with each other; and go to bed. Includes a style show in which girls model clothes they have made. National Archives Identifier: 37249 Local Identifier: 119.28 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War...
Topics: Girls, Motion pictures, Sewing, Work, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
1940 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
1940 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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The NYA office in Illinois conducts an essay contest to get ideas for useful projects for NYA work centers. Announcements are mimeographed and printed, posters designed and posted, and essays judged. Administrator Aubrey Williams presents awards to winning youths at the state fair held at Springfield, Ill. National Archives Identifier: 37226 Local Identifier: 119.5 * Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration....
Topics: Motion pictures, Springfield (Ill.), Work, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
1940 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
1940 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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Boys build and fly gliders at an NYA center at Lake Cassidy, Mich. The boys work with model planes and drawings to learn fundamentals. Class study and shop work are also shown. Glider parts are made and assembled. Gliders are towed by automobiles and are flown and landed. National Archives Identifier: 37248 Local Identifier: 119.27 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration. (09/17/1942 - 01/01/1944) (Most Recent)...
Topics: Aeronautics, Cassidy Lake (Mich.), Gliders (Aeronautics), Motion pictures, Work, Living New Deal
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1940
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Dramatizes a young doctor's training in obstetrics at the Maternity Center, Chicago. Reel 1, Dr. O'Donnell sees a mother die in childbirth and decides to study obstetrics. Reel 2 shows him working and learning at the Center. Reel 3 consists mostly of a lecture to a class of doctors at the Center on procedures for delivering babies at homes. Reel 4, O'Donnell assists in the preparation for and the delivery of a baby in a Chicago slum area home. Reel 5, postnatal precautions are taken and...
Topics: Chicago (Ill.), Housing, Motion pictures, Obstetrics, Poor, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
1940 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
1940 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
1940 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
1939 Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA relief operations in New England. Reel 1, hurricane and tidal waves hit the Long Island coast in Dec. 1938. The hurricane and flood waters rage across New England. Derailed trains, felled trees, damaged homes, flooded streets, and other evidences of the catastrophe are shown. Coast Guard crews rescue stranded citizens. WPA and CCC units erect sandbag levees. Reel 2, WPA director Harry Hopkins arrives at Providence, R.I., to survey damage. WPA units deliver food and medical supplies by...
Topics: Civilians, Floods, Hopkins, Harry L. (Harry Lloyd) 1890-1946, Hurricanes, Long Island (N.Y.),...
Living New Deal Project
1939 Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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CCC units construct a reinforced concrete bridge and a cable suspension bridge across an unidentified river. Shows details in the construction and emphasizes that the CCC members are learning many useful trades (concrete, construction work, heavy equipment operation, riveting, welding, etc.) as well as constructing useful bridges. National Archives Identifier: 7420 Local Identifier: 33.585 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service. (01/02/1954 - 04/13/1970) (Most Recent)...
Topics: Bridges, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
1939 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
1939 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
1939 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On the visit of Their Majesties in June 1939. Scenes of the visit include the arrival at Union Station, a parade to the White House, and visits to the British Embassy and Mount Vernon. The King lays a wreath on the tomb of George Washington. National Archives Identifier: 37254 Local Identifier: 119.33 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...
Topics: Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain 1926-, George VI King of Great Britain 1895-1952, Motion...
Living New Deal Project
1939 Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Documentary: On the Civilian Conservation Corps' restoration of Fort Frederick as a Maryland State Park. Locates Fort Frederick on the strip of Maryland between Pennsylvania and West Virginia, 15 miles from Hagerstown. Explains that during the Civil War, Indian War, and the Revolutionary War it was used to protect the railroads, canal and a road on the Virginia side of the Potomac. Men clear land and collect relics from the soil. National Archives Identifier: 11737 Local Identifier: 48.106...
Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Motion pictures, National parks and reserves, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
1939 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
1939 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
1939 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
1939 Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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CCC units construct a reinforced concrete bridge and a cable suspension bridge across an unidentified river. Shows details in the construction and emphasizes that the CCC members are learning many useful trades (concrete, construction work, heavy equipment operation, riveting, welding, etc.) as well as constructing useful bridges. National Archives Identifier: 7420 Local Identifier: 33.585 Creator(s): * Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service. (01/02/1954 - 04/13/1970) (Most...
Topics: Bridges, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
1939 Berkeley Gray Panthers
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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
1939 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
1939 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
1939 Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Reel 1, unemployed workers stand in line at the gates of closed factories. Shows views of South Carolina's Edista State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park, and Georgia's Santo Domingo State Park. CCC men work in the park, destroy caterpillars and other pests, transplant trees, attend classes, and feed animals. Shows the home of Alexander Stevens, vice president of the Confederacy, being renovated. Reel 2 shows various views of State parks in Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia, Louisiana, New York,...
Topics: American Civil War, 1861-1865, Animals, Civilians, Edisto Island (S.C.), Motion pictures, Myrtle...
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Assortment of New Deal film shorts put together by the Berkeley Gray Panthers for a mini-New Deal Film Festival. This particular sequence is called "Putting America to Work" FDR Inauguration WPA: Works Pays America Shock Troops of Disaster The Valley of the Tennessee Boulder Dam Jimmy Durante on the NRA
Topics: New Deal, WPA, CCC, PWA, Boulder Dam
Living New Deal Project
1939 Social Security Board
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Describes the aims of the recently inaugurated federal social security program: to provide economic assistance to the blind, the aged, and orphaned children, and to work with state agencies in establishing workmen's unemployment compensation systems. National Archives Identifier: 11290 Local Identifier: 47.25 Creator(s): Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Social Security Administration. Office of Public Affairs. (04/11/1953 - 05/04/1980) (Most Recent) From: Series : Assorted Motion...
Topics: Social Security, Living New Deal, Motion Pictures
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1938 Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Contrasts proper and improper methods of felling trees and carrying hand tools (axes, spades, picks, etc.). Snag (deformed and diseased trees) is felled to illustrate safety principles. Brush is cleared from the area around the snag, a notch is axed in a tree to control the direction of fall, the tree is partially sawed, a wedge is driven into the cut, and the tree is then sawed through. National Archives Identifier: 7418 Local Identifier: 33.552 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal...
Topics: Forests and forestry, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
1938 Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On the work of boys and girls in NYA centers in Rhode Island and Connecticut after the hurricane of September 1938. Reel 1, youths perform their normal work at the Kingston and Providence (R.I.) Centers and at the New Haven (Conn.) Center. Shows hurricane damage at New London and Norwich (Conn.) and at Providence. Personages: A. W. Williams, Gov. R. E. Quinn. Reel 2 shows damage at Norwich, Hartford, and New London, Conn, and at West Warwick, Charlestown, and Narragansett, R.I. Men and boys...
Topics: Floods, Hurricanes, Motion pictures, Roosevelt Eleanor 1884-1962, Work, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
1938 Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Shows Minnesota lakes at the head waters of the Mississippi River. CCC men work in Itasca Lake State Park and in Scenic State Park. Pageants re-create the days of the Indians and backwoodsmen with log cabins, covered wagons, stockades, and Indian wigwams. Includes views of Indians on a reservation, picnickers in a park, and a CCC camp. National Archives Identifier: 11652 Local Identifier: 48.20 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From:...
Topics: Civilians, Indian reservations, Indians of North America, Minnesota, Mississippi, Motion pictures,...
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1938 Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Shows examples of careless mistakes which lead to injury made by a Civilian Conservation Corps unit at work clearing a forest trail. Emphasizes the need for careful handling of dynamite, hand tools (spades, axes, etc.), and equipment (bulldozers, trucks, and tractors). National Archives Identifier: 7417 Local Identifier: 33.550 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....
Topics: Forests and forestry, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
1938 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
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1938 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
1938 Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Tourists arrive at Sequoia National Park by car and motorcycle. Shows closeups of a waterfall, an overhanging rock, and a bear. Tourists examine a huge Sequoia tree. Civilian Conservation Corps men work on the roads and eat at an outdoor field kitchen. National Archives Identifier: 11718 Local Identifier: 48.87 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse Activities of the Department of...
Topics: Bears, Civilians, Motion pictures, National parks and reserves
Living New Deal Project
1938 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...
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1938 Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Forest fires ravage wooded slopes in Southern California. Water (melting snow and rain) rushes down the slopes, unchecked by plant life, washing away top soil and flooding fields in the valleys. CCC units sow mustard seed in the denuded areas by hand and by airplane. The mustard plants grow quickly, thus furnishing adequate vegetation to check erosion until the native plants can reestablish themselves. National Archives Identifier: 7416 Local Identifier: 33.549 Creator(s): Department of...
Topics: California, Motion pictures, Soil conservation
Living New Deal Project
1937 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
1937 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
1937 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,...
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1937 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
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1937 Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA projects in Chicago. Sewer pipe is laid. Debris is cleared from the lake front. Animal skeletons are reconstructed in the Field Museum. Airport runways are lengthened and drainage ditches dug. Slum buildings are razed for a housing project. Shows scenes in parks and a zoo, auto accident scenes, cars being checked for defects, razing of unsafe grain elevators, playgrounds, and nursery school activities. National Archives Identifier: 12359 Local Identifier: 69.45 Creator(s): Federal Works...
Topics: Airports, Automobiles, Chicago (Ill.), Motion pictures, Nursery schools, Paleontology, Playgrounds,...
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1937 Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA-sponsored recreation projects in California. Shows bike polo in Monterey, bee keeping in Paso Robles, trout fly making in San Luis Obispo, pottery shaping in Morro Bay, children with model airplanes in San Francisco, swimming in San Diego, archery classes in Redding, girls' calisthenics in Sacramento, puppet show in Stockton, rope trick exhibition in Modesto, lawn bowling in Oakland, bicycle races in a San Jose velodrome, and a recreation parade at Fresno. National Archives Identifier:...
Topics: California, Cycling, Motion pictures, Parades, Pottery, Recreation, Sports, Living New Deal
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1937 Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in West Virginia. The Tri-County Airport at Clarksburg is graded. Streets in Morgantown are repaired. Shows remodeled buildings at Marshall College in Huntington, WPA sewing room activities, and nursery school scenes. County roads are graded and resurfaced near Helvetia. Shows mountain scenes, a fish hatchery at Ridge, and a new bridge at Charleston. Flood waters rage in 1936. Shows a new bridge at Petersburg and rebuilt flood walls and dikes....
Topics: Agriculture, Cooperative, Airports, Bridges, Fishes, Flood control, Floods, Highway construction,...
Living New Deal Project
1937 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
1937 Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Reel 1 is missing. Reel 2, artifacts of mound building Indians are displayed in the Alabama Museum of Natural History at Tuscaloosa: pottery, stone and shell ornaments, arrow heads, flints, and bone awls, needles, and fish hooks. Human and animal skeletons are reconstructed. Broken pottery is pieced together. CCC units excavate and reconstruct mounds in the Mounds State Park. National Archives Identifier: 11635 Local Identifier: 48.3 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion...
Topics: Alabama Museum of Natural History, Archaeology, Civilians, Indian craft, Motion pictures, Living...
Living New Deal Project
1937 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
1937 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
1937 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
1937 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
1937 Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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On New Jersey's State parks. Reel 1 shows views of rivers, lakes, and other points of interest in Palisades Interstate Park, High Point Park, Watchung Reservation State Park. CCC men clear underbrush, cut dead limbs off trees, work on picnic grounds, and spray destructive caterpillars. Includes views of Jersey City. Reel 2 shows CCC men working on bridges and drains, painting, exercising, and engaging in other activities in South Mountain Reservation and in Parvin State Park. Includes views of...
Topics: African Americans, Architecture, Civilians, Jersey City (N.J.), Motion pictures, Music, Palisades...
Living New Deal Project
1937 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
1937 Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Ohio. Shows airports at Cleveland and Dayton under construction, remodeled orphanage buildings in Defiance, and dairy farm scenes. Flood waters rage in 1936. WPA units construct flood-control dam and levees. Naval reservists train in the Toledo Naval Armory. County roads are graded and resurfaced. Consolidated schools, served by buses, replace one-room schoolhouses. Shows restored Fort Recovery, WPA sewing room activities, nursery school...
Topics: Airports, Armed forces officers, Dairying, Flood control, Floods, Highway construction, Military...
Living New Deal Project
1937 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
1937 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
1937 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...
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1937 Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA airport improvements. Runways are graded at a Newark, N.J., airport. Planes land at the Detroit City Airport. A plane is turned on a turntable at Floyd Bennett Field, New York City. Runways are graded at a Jacksonville, Fla., airport. Ditches are dug and pipes laid for a water system at Shushan Airport, New Orleans, La. A seaplane lands and taxis to a seaplane dock. Includes many aerial views of cities and countryside, and planes in flight. National Archives Identifier: 12367 Local...
Topics: Airplanes, Airports, Detroit Metro Airport, Florida, Motion pictures, New Orleans (La.), New York...
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1937 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
1937 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,...
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1937 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
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1937 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
1937 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.),...
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1937 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
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1937 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
1937 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
1937 Department of Agriculture. Farm Security Administration. Information Division
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On the cause and effects of floods and waste lands drained by the Mississippi River. Reel 1 traces the growing of the river from its sources to the Gulf of Mexico. Shows construction of levees, cotton picking, river shipping, and lumbering activities. Reel 2 consists mostly of various scenes of the river during the 1937 flood. Includes shots of cotton being loaded on ships. Reel 3 shows flood damage and activities in a Southern home which reflect poverty. Shows construction of Norris Dam and...
Topics: Civilians, Cotton, Dams, Flood control, Floods, Forests and forestry, Lumbering, Military bases,...
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1937 Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Minnesota. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and WPA units battle a forest fire. Shows dams under construction at Lakeland, St. Paul, etc. WPA members supervise nursery school operations. Children are given medical examinations. Shows household training classes and scenes at a children's vacation camp. Sioux and Chippewa Indians weave, embroider, and make beads. Pink granite is quarried and building construction begins. Shows WPA exhibits at...
Topics: Architecture, Building, Civilians, Dams, Fairs, Forest fires, Handicraft, Highway construction,...
Living New Deal Project
1937 Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA projects in Missouri. Gravel is quarried. Streets are paved in St. Louis and county roads surfaced. The Joplin airport is graded and surfaced. Shows schools under construction. A square dance is held in the Winona community hall. Clay is dug, sampled, and made into pottery. Women learn hand weaving. Shows agricultural exhibits at the Sedalia State Fair and nursery school activities. WPA geological units survey for water, wells are dug, and water is tested for mineral content. Sewers are...
Topics: Agriculture, Airports, Dance, Highway construction, Missouri, Motion pictures, Nursery schools,...