(14:30) b/w, silent
Shows brief shots of rehearsal and pre-rehearsal activity: costuming, stage setting, script preparation, etc. Shows scenes from Federal Theatre productions: “Arabian Nights,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Don Quixote,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Seventh Heaven,” etc.
(14:44) b/w, silent
On construction of the Mono Debris Dam in California by Civilian Conservation Corps units. Excavations are made with steam shovels, concrete is mixed and poured, and bulldozers scrape away a hillside. Shows views of the completed dam and many scenic shots of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
(5:33) b/w, silent
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.
(3:56) b/w, silent
Questions concerning the activities of the WPA are posed and answered. Emphasizes that public opinion supports WPA work.
(10:10) b/w, silent
Shows the natural resources and beauty of Texas. Shows oil fields, the U.S. helium plant (Bureau of Mines) at Amarillo, sulphur mining on the Gulf coast, and extensive views of the Big Bend State Park, including activities of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
(8:22) b/w, sound
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.
(6:52) b/w, silent
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.”
(10:29) b/w, silent
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.
(10:25) b/w, sound
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 scen...
(19:33) b/w, sound
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 ho...
New Deal Maps
Check out our latest map and guide to the work of the New Deal in Washington, D.C. It includes 500 New Deal sites in the District alone, highlighting 34 notable sites, and includes an inset map of the area around the National Mall which can be used for self-guided walking tours.
Take a look at our previous guides, equally comprehensive, covering key New Deal sites in San Francisco and New York City.