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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
by Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer
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Reel 1, unemployed youths loiter on street corners, listen to revolutionist orators, and display apathy and lack of ambition. Pres. Roosevelt signs the CCC bill. Recruits arrive at Army processing centers: billets are assigned, mess is served, and clothing is issued. Recruits leave for the processing centers, arrive at Army camps, and pitch tents and construct buildings. Roosevelt visits a camp. Reel 2, recruits fall in for reveille; eat breakfast; construct roads, bridges, and culverts; clear...
Topics: Civilians, Drainage, Floods, Forests and forestry, Highway construction, Motion pictures, Roosevelt...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Diagrams and time-lapse photography are used to show the life cycle of the pea plant. The seed sprouts, roots grow downward, and the stem upward, tentacles coil around a string for support, and the pea flower opens. Describes the fertilization of the egg cells, division of the seed, growth of the pod, and liberation of the seeds. National Archives Identifier: 12353 Local Identifier: 69.39 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) *...
Topics: Botany, Motion pictures, Living New Deal, pea plant
Living New Deal Project
by 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
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Reel 1, maps show the origin and history of the American Indian. Modern Indians work in Wisconsin's lumber industry, keep watch for forest fires, and clear bushes in the forest. Includes a close-up of a Delaware Indian treaty. Reel 2, Chippewa Indians make fishnets. Indians work on roads with tractors, picks, and shovels, stand in line at a field kitchen, engage in native handicrafts, and spear salmon on the Columbia River. Pima Indians farm. Shows an Indian Emergency Conservation camp. Indian...
Topics: Canning and preserving, Church buildings, Civilians, Colombia, Fishing, Highway construction,...
Living New Deal Project
by 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
by 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
by 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,...
Living New Deal Project
by 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
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Showcase of New York State work completed through the New Deal
Topics: WPA, New Deal
Living New Deal Project
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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
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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CCC men ride in trucks, work with pick and shovel, operate bulldozers, graders and pneumatic drills, construct parapets and guard rails, and march with pick and shovel in the park. Includes views of forests, flowers, and underbrush. Rangers in towers watch for forest fires. National Archives Identifier: 11653 Local Identifier: 48.21 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse...
Topics: Civilians, Earthmoving machinery, Great Smoky Mountains (N.C. and Tenn.), Motion pictures, Living...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On flood relief operations of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Pennsylvania. Flood-damaged goods are shoveled out of stores in Sharpsburg. Debris and mud are cleaned from streets and dumped in the Allegheny River. Safety instructions are posted on telephone poles in McKees Rocks. Water is distributed by gasoline trucks. Salvation Army units dispense food to WPA workers. Flood-battered furniture is removed from New Kensington homes. Flood waters stand in Johnstown streets. An inclined...
Topics: Floods, Motion pictures, Pennsylvania, Salvation Army, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by 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
by 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
by 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
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On theater projects of the Works Progress Administration. WPA theater units present vaudeville shows (comedy teams, dancers, singers), minstrel and marionette shows, Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, Macbeth with an all-Negro cast, and Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here at Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps, in parks, and in small-town theaters. Hollywood producer Adolph Zukor advises WPA theater officials. Shows brief scenes of costume designing, stage setting, and rehearsals....
Topics: Civilians, Motion pictures, Theater, Zukor Adolph 1873-1976, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture, 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
by 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
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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
by 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
by 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,...
Living New Deal Project
by 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
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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A ballroom dance team, a dancing chorus, and various specialty dancers rehearse. Wardrobe and sets are designed, and a play rehearsed. Shows scenes from the play "Devil Passes" and general views of San Francisco. National Archives Identifier: 12373 Local Identifier: 69.60 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled 1931 - 1937 * Record Group 69: Records of the Work Projects...
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Topics: Dance, Motion pictures, San Francisco (Calif.), Theater, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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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
by 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
by 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
by 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,...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) public works. Reel 1, highways and streets are graded and paved. A concrete bed is laid for an Atlantic City reservoir. Shows airports at Newark, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia under construction. Buildings are razed in slum clearance projects. A sewerage project is completed. Reel 2, traffic control studies are made. Auto drivers are given fitness tests. Trachoma patients in rural areas are examined by traveling nurses and taken to WPA...
Topics: Airports, Architecture, Atlantic City (N.J.), Chicago (Ill.), Cleveland (Ohio), Department of...
Living New Deal Project
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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
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Demonstrates lack of caution by pedestrians which results in traffic fatalities: crossing in the center of the block, from between parked cars, while reading newspapers, etc.; hitchhiking in the street; and children chasing balls, etc. into roadways. Shows many scenes of traffic conditions in Los Angeles, California. National Archives Identifier: 12371 Local Identifier: 69.58 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) * From: Series...
Topics: Automobiles, Los Angeles (Calif.), Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA projects in Michigan. Reel 1, timber is cut and a tourist cabin floor laid near Calumet. Reel 2, Red Cross women in Detroit wrap bandages. Track for the Detroit Street Railway is installed. A storm sewer is constructed in Bay City. Shows a municipal garage at Grand Rapids under construction. Reel 3, CCC units repair a fish hatchery at Grayling (pond beds are dug, concrete sides constructed, and fish transferred). A Detroit street is widened. A WPA orchestra plays. Shows a Department of...
Topics: American Red Cross (02/12/1978 - ), Braille, Bridges, Buildings, Civilians, Fishes, Highway...
Living New Deal Project
by 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
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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48.81 Mt. Rainier National Park, 1936 Civilian Conservation Corps workers transplant trees, break rocks, lay a cobblestone path, dig drainage ditches, and feed squirrels and a woodpecker in the park. Shows the snowcapped mountains and a close-up of "Pigeon Spring." National Archives Identifier: 11712 Local Identifier: 48.81 * Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse...
Topics: Civilians, Motion pictures, Mount Rainier National Park (Wash.), Mountains, Motion pictures, Living...
Living New Deal Project
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Diagrams and explains by laboratory experiments the action of molecules in gases, liquids, and solids. Shows molecular action as a bulb of bromine is broken within a partial vacuum. Diagrams the force of gas molecules on the walls of a chamber. Describes the evaporation of water and explains why liquids assume the shape of their receptacles. Microscopic studies show molecular movement in solids. National Archives Identifier: 12346 Local Identifier: 69.32 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work...
Topics: Chemistry, Gases, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Part 1, (Paramount News), Harry Hopkins describes the need for federal work relief. Part 2, (Paramount News), Minnesota farmers leave their farms for Alaska. The farm families board the freighter North Star in San Francisco. Part 3, (Hearst Metrotone News), agricultural equipment is loaded on the North Star. Part 4, (Universal Newsreel) farm families board the transport St. Mihiel at Seattle. The St. Mihiel docks at Seward, Alaska. Part 5, (Universal Newsreel), farm and road making machinery is...
Topics: Agricultural machinery, Cargo ships, Hopkins Harry L. (Harry Lloyd) 1890-1946, Minnesota, Motion...
Living New Deal Project
by 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
Living New Deal Project
by Warner Brothers
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1933, 7 minutes A Songwriter falls asleep while writing a song about the NRA. He dreams that Washington, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt appear in his room asking him why he wants to write such a song and they're reassuring him that FDR is the right way. When he starts singing his new song, he finds himself alone, but he knows that the FDR will lead the USA back on the road to prosperity. The Road Is Open Again containing a song of the same name was a short subject produced by Warner Brothers in...
Topics: NRA, New Deal, Depression, 1930s, Franklin Roosevelt, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by 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
Living New Deal Project
by 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
by Civilian Conservation Corps.
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Shows many examples of erosion, its causes, effects, and corrections by the CCC. Shows the construction of rock, wooden, and brush-enforced check dams that control land drainage. Contrasts drainage of lands with and without check dams. Shows activities in the reclamation of large, deep gullies caused by erosion; dams are built, locust seedlings and honeysuckle bushes are planted, and, in extreme cases, sides of the gullies are blasted and tapered prior to planting.  National Archives...
Topics: Civilians, Drainage, Erosion, Motion pictures
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Civilian Conservation Corps members clear and level a campsite, erect camp buildings, construct forest roads, spread poisoned grain for gophers, uproot currant and gooseberry bushes to check the spread of white pine blister rust, fell trees, and process telephone poles in the national forests of Montana and Idaho. Includes shots of CCC living facilities. National Archives Identifier: 7386 Local Identifier: 33.472 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service. (01/02/1954 -...
Topics: Civilians, Floods, Forest fires, Forests and forestry, Kelso (Wash.), Motion pictures, National...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Civilian Conservation Corps members clear slash from the sides of forest roads, thin trees, construct truck trails, destroy porcupine with traps and poisoned salt, seed and weed range land, spread poison for prairie dogs, and build check dams in streams. National Archives Identifier: 7388 Local Identifier: 33.474 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...
Topics: Civilians, Floods, Forest fires, Forests and forestry, Motion pictures, National parks and...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Reel 1, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) members collect pine cones from trees and squirrel hoards. Seeds from the cones are processed and planted at a forest nursery. Seeding trees are transplanted to forest areas. Snag is cleared from a timber tract. Reel 2, trees are sprayed with insecticide. Picnic areas are cleared and fireplaces are constructed. CCC units plow fire lanes and fight a forest fire. National Archives Identifier: 7397 Local Identifier: 33.487 Creator(s): Department of...
Topics: Motion pictures, Forest fires, Erosion, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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A drop of water is studied under a microscope. Shows rotifers, protozoa, cilia, paramecia, bristle worms, and small snails. Describes the cilia's reproductive processes and the amoeba's digestion. National Archives Identifier: 12347 Local Identifier: 69.33 * 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 - 1944...
Topics: Motion pictures, water, protozoa, cilia, paramecia, worms, snails, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by 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
by 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
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Recruits selected to work under the Emergency Conservation Work (ECW) program arrive at Fort Washington, Virginia, and are then transported to ECW camps in various forest areas. The ECW members cut fire lanes, clear snag, erect telephone lines, thin timber areas, clear camping grounds, build fences around grazing lands, and combat erosion by building dams in gullies, terracing farm land, planting seedling trees, and filling gullies with brush. F.A. Silcox, Chief of the Forest Service, explains...
Topics: Forests and forestry, Military bases, Motion pictures, Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano),...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Reel 1 shows rain storms and flooded streams, the flooded Tennessee River valley, Norris Dam and Wilson Dam, and a panorama of eroded land. Phosphate fertilizer is made in an electric furnace at Muscle Shoals, is bagged, and is shipped to the farmer. Contrasts productivity of fertilized and non-fertilized land. Reel 2 shows crops and cattle on a farm, a delegation of farmers conferring with a county agent, the power house at Wilson Dam, electric power lines and towers, a reservoir, and a...
Topics: Cattle, Dams, Electric apparatus and appliances, Electric engineering, Erosion, Floods, Irrigation,...
Living New Deal Project
by 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
by 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,...
Living New Deal Project
by 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 (Md.)
Living New Deal Project
by 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
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New Deal film of CCC work in the forests.
Topics: New Deal, CCC
Living New Deal Project
by 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
by 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
by 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
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Shows the lakes and forests of Minnesota. Tourists sail boats on a lake, cook on an outdoor grill, picnic at outdoor tables, and swim and fish in lakes. National Archives Identifier: 11651 Local Identifier: 48.19 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse Activities of the Department of the Interior, compiled 1916 - 1976 * Record Group 48: Records of the Office of the Secretary of the...
Topics: Boats and boating, Fishing, Forests and forestry, Lakes, Minnesota, Motion pictures, Swimming,...
Living New Deal Project
by 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...
Living New Deal Project
by 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
by 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
by 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,...