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Flood Special Pennsylvania

(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...

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Civilian Conservation Corps

(28:46) b/w, silent
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; e...

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Three Billions To Use

(10:30) b/w, sound
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, (U...

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A Better Ohio

(8:49) b/w, sound
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 s...

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Groundwater

(11:12) b/w, sound
Rain water seeps beneath the earth’s surface to form ground water. Diagrams the formation of artesian wells, hot springs, and geysers. “Old Faithful” in Yellowstone Park erupts. Describes the action of acid ground water in forming underground caverns, natural bridges, and petrified forests. Shows the Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico; Mammoth Cave, Kentucky; Natural Bridge, Virginia; and the petrified forests of Arizona.

A Better Illinois

(9:12) b/w, sound
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 Linco...

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Making Aviation Safer for America

(8:47) b/w, sound
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 p...

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Youth and Aviation

(9:04) b/w, silent
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.

Forest and Men

(10:24) b/w, sound
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. ...

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The CCC At Work Mosquito Control

(8:04) b/w, silent
Civilian Conservation Corps units drain mosquito-infested swamps on Delaware farms by digging drainage ditches leading away from the marshy areas. Stagnant ponds and streams, mosquito breeding places, are freshened by pumping fresh water into the stagnant water areas. The fresh water kills the mosquito larvae.

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.

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.