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Cradle of the Father of Waters

(10:11) b/w sound
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.

A Day in Virginia Camps

(8:40) b/w silent but with white noise distortion
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.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

(10:24) b/w sound
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.

Rebuilding Indian Country

(35:26) b/w sound
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 Indi...

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Temples and Peace

(18:27) b/w sound
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.

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Recreation Resources

(13:53) b/w sound
On State Parks of West Virginia. Reel 1, views of cities, factories, steel furnaces, hydroelectric plants, rivers, canals, and locks depict the State’s industries and waterways. Shows Green Brier Hotel at White Sulphur Springs and the town of Berkeley. CCC men work in Lost River Park. Tourists ride horses, picnic at an outdoor table, and examine an old house. Children crippled by polio perform handicraft and sunbathe in Berkeley hospital....

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Down Mobile Way

(10:22) b/w sound
Scenes of azaleas in bloom, old homes, ships at docks, and bales of cotton, barrels of turpentine, and bunches of bananas being loaded on board freighters in Mobile, Ala., depict its culture and commercial activity. Shows a panorama of Gulf, Little River, and Cedar Creek State Parks in Alabama. CCC boys work in the forests and operate tractors and graders in State Parks; picnickers eat on outdoor tables. A colored CCC boy dances.

Land of the Giants

(23:37) b/w sound
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. Ree...

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Heart of the Confederacy

(10:44) b/w sound
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 hor...

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A Forest Playground

(8:32) b/w silent
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 Baltimo...

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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.