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A Better West Virginia

(8:50) b/w, sound
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...

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We Work Again

(15:52) b/w, sound
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 La...

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Uncle Sam the Greatest Builder

(9:45)  b/w, sound
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.

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A Better New York State

(12:59) b/w, sound
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...

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A Better Michigan

(8:35) b/w, sound
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 ba...

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Trout Stream Improvement

(10:20) b/w, silent
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.

We Can Take It CCC

(20:48)  b/w, silent
Civilian Conservation Corps members work in the national forests of California. Reel 1, a camp site is selected and tents are erected. CCC units fell snag, clear brush along fire lines, erect telephone lines, build a forest bridge, terrace denuded slopes, and construct check dams to control erosion. Reel 2, Ponderosa Way, a huge fire lane in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is cleared. Heavy equipment is used to construct a truck trail up Mt....

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Brick Pavements

(9:33) b/w, sound
On the construction of brick pavements. Describes the steps in the construction of a brick highway. Shows a completed four lane brick highway.

Telephone Line Construction

(9:44) b/w, sound
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.

Winter Sports in White Mountains

(19:29) b/w, silent
Reel 1 shows skiing and mountain climbing activities in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. Includes shots of Civilian Conservation Corps members constructing ski and hiking trails. Reel 2, dog sled teams race across the countryside. Men and women fish through the ice.

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.

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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.