Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Cicada Uses close-up, stop motion photography to portray the life cycle and habits of cicadas in brood 10 of 1936.
    • Contributor: Hyslop, James Augustus - American Film Center - United States. Department of Agriculture. Motion Picture Service - Turvey, Carl - Evans, Raymond
    • Date: 1939
  • Film, Video
    Manchukuo
    Alternate title from main titles: Manchuria
    Depicts the Japanese occupation of Manchukuo. Describes the mechanization of industry. Includes scenes showing coal and iron mines, steel mills, railroads, government buildings, new housing, native Chinese life, shops and trade, the Russian influence in Harbin, the raising of soy beans, schools, and hospitals.
    • Contributor: Bryan, Julien H. (Julien Hequembourg) - Eastman Kodak Company. Teaching Films Division
    • Date: 1938
  • Film, Video
    A Bronx morning A Bronx morning is a portrait of a place and time, simultaneously a documentary, an avant-garde experiment, and an amateur film--although its compositional beauty and complex editing disguise that it is a 21-year old's first attempt at moviemaking. Architectural abstractions are only part of Leyda's portrait. The film soon naturalizes its abstractions into a vibrant vision of children's games and adult commerce on the...
    • Contributor: Glenn Photo Supply (Firm) - Leyda, Jay
    • Date: 1931
  • Film, Video
    The river Depression-era documentary which chronicles the exploration and exploitation of the Mississippi River from the Civil War through the 1920s.
    • Contributor: Van Dyke, Willard - Afi/Sheerin (Robert M.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Museum of Modern Art Collection (Library of Congress) - Chalmers, Thomas - United States. Farm Security Administration - Zochling, Leo - Nosler, Lloyd - Lorentz, Pare - Crosby, Floyd - Woodard, Stacy - Young (Robert) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1938
  • Film, Video
    [Little Man, What Now?--Trailer. Spanish]
    Alternate Title: [?Y ahora que?--trailer]
    • Date: 1934
  • Film, Video
    Jerry Pulls the Strings.
    • Contributor: Sindic, Jules K.
    • Date: 1938
  • Film, Video
    [Fashion Show in Pool--Ira Gershwin--Home Movies].
    • Contributor: Robinson, Edward G.
    • Date: 1938
  • Film, Video
    [Lee, Lou, Em and Eddie in Garden--Ira Gershwin--Home Movies].
    • Contributor: Robinson, Edward G.
    • Date: 1937
  • Film, Video
    [Paulette Goddard?, George Gershwin in Palm Springs--Ira Gershwin--Home Movies].
    • Contributor: Gershwin, George - Goddard, Paulette
    • Date: 1937
  • Film, Video
    [Gershwins, 1936-1939--Ira Gershwin--Home Movies].
    • Contributor: Gershwin, George - Hellman, Lillian - Minnelli, Vincente - Gershwin, Ira
    • Date: 1936
  • Film, Video
    [Ira Sitting Outside--Ira Gershwin--Home Movies].
    • Contributor: Gershwin, Ira
    • Date: 1939
  • Film, Video
    The Forgotten Frontier
    • Contributor: Breckinridge, Mary - Breckinridge, Marvin - Frontier Nursing Service
    • Date: 1930
  • Film, Video
    Verbena Tragica
    • Contributor: Soler, Fernando - Cantabria Films - Columbia Pictures - Lamont, Charles - Torena, Juan - Alcaniz, Luana De
    • Date: 1939
  • Film, Video
    Symphony in black--a rhapsody of Negro life As Duke Ellington composes his symphony, cuts are made to a band playing a cinematic enactment of the music.
    • Contributor: Hockey, Milton - Tucker, Snakehips - Rath, Fred (Frederick William) - Valburn/Ellington Collection (Library of Congress) - Steiner, William - Ellington, Duke - Waller, Fred - Paramount Pictures, Inc - Holiday, Billie
    • Date: 1935
  • Film, Video
    A better New York
    Title on film can label: Better New York State
    Shows WPA projects in New York State, including reservoir construction, improvement of parks and recreation facilities, and employment of trained technicians and clerical workers for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation of the New York State Police.
    • Contributor: Pathé News, Inc - U.S. Government Films Collection (Library of Congress) - United States. Works Progress Administration
    • Date: 1937
  • Film, Video
    [A better America?] Shows WPA projects being carried out on a nationwide level during the depression. Includes sewage disposal plants and sewer construction, medical services for the indigent, sewing rooms where women make garments for needy families, education projects, and nursery schools.
    • Contributor: Pathé News, Inc - U.S. Government Films Collection (Library of Congress) - United States. Works Progress Administration
    • Date: 1937
  • Film, Video
    Boy meets dog Musical animated film in which a boy adopts a stray dog. His father kicks the dog and is carried off to the land of gnomes where he is put on trial. The through-line is proper tooth brushing techniques.
    • Contributor: Tetley, Walter - Bristol-Myers Company - Lantz, Walter - Byrnes, Gene - Bletcher, Billy - Castle Films, Inc
    • Date: 1938
  • Film, Video
    Let's go America! : a screen editorial
    Variant title: Let's go America! America yesterday, today and tomorrow | Variant title: America yesterday, today and tomorrow
    "One of many films sponsored by the NAM during the Depression to foster faith in the economic leadership of its corporate members. Let's Go America! suggests that the creative spirit that led to America's development will continue to shape its economy. It ends with two young men and a woman driving a swank roadster toward the glowing future, which promises television, air conditioning, air...
    • Contributor: Young, John S. - National Industrial Council (U.S.) - National Association of Manufacturers (U.S.) - Modern Talking Picture Service - Audio Productions
    • Date: 1936
  • Film, Video
    Television Sponsored film promoting television sets and briefly explaining the technology and process. Demonstrates how mobile broadcast units work, and shows extended demonstration of cinematography of a live orchestra.
    • Contributor: Ullman, Frederic - RKO Radio Pictures - Radio Corporation of America
    • Date: 1939
  • Film, Video
    United action means victory, story of the General Motors tool & die strike, 1939 Sponsored film about the 1939 Tool and Die Makers Union strike against General Motors in Detroit, Saginaw, and Cleveland.
    • Contributor: International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (Cio) - Frontier Films (New York, N.Y.)
    • Date: 1939
  • Film, Video
    Always kickin' Comedic short film depicting a young football kicker trying out for a college football team. He receives advice from Jim Thorpe and eventually wins the game for his team.
    • Contributor: Gleason, James - Dunn, Eddie - Educational Pictures (Firm) - Hendrian, Dutch - Paddock, Charles W. (Charles William) - Rogan, Florence - Gleason, Russell - Lewis, Ralph - Pallette, Eugene - Thorpe, Jim - Hammons, E. W. - Gleason, Lucille
    • Date: 1932
  • Film, Video
    Let's go America! : a screen editorial
    Variant title: Let's go America! Men and machines | Variant title: Men and machines
    "Lowell Thomas acts in this drama-documentary re the postive importance of machines in the workplace, argues that machines have made work and leisure more possible for more people; from National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in 1936; ends with montage of consumer goods and the statement 'we Americans are sitting on top of the world' with abundance of industrial output"--J. Fred MacDonald and Associates film...
    • Contributor: Thomas, Lowell - National Industrial Council (U.S.) - National Association of Manufacturers (U.S.) - Modern Talking Picture Service - Audio Productions
    • Date: 1936
  • Film, Video
    [Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon--home movies] Footage showcases the Lyons with friends and family in a California beach house setting. The next segment reveals Bebe and Ben at home, lounging and dining with their respective mothers, showing off their infant daughter Barbara and visiting Bryce Canyon with family. This is followed by footage of "Bebe Daniels - In Person" appearing at the Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco with Ben on...
    • Date: 1931
  • Film, Video
    [Loretta Young studio footage, 1934-36--Loretta Young--home movies]
    Variant title: Loretta Young--home movies
    Behind the scenes footage of Loretta Young on the sets of various films including Bulldog Drummond strikes back (1934), Caravan (1934), White parade (1934), and The call of the wild (1935).
    • Date: 1934
  • Film, Video
    [The baseball stars of yesteryear--compilation] Players from the Philadelphia Athletics are seen practicing on the field. Pitchers Ed Rommel, Roy Mahaffey, Rube Walberg and Lefty Grove provide demonstrations of how to throw specific pitches. Mickey Cochrane discusses what it is like to work with the team's pitchers, while hitters describe their batting techniques. Athletics manager Connie Mack talks about the team's success and his predictions for the 1932 season....
    • Date: 1931
  • Film, Video
    Paramount news special! Lynchings shock nation!
    Lynchings shock nation!
    This newsreel covers the mob violence that led to the lynching of Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes on the evening of November 26-27, 1933, who had been convicted in the killing of Brooke Hart. It is followed by news coverage of a mob in Salisbury, Maryland on November 28, 1933, that clashed with the state militia that was attempting to arrest four men who...
    • Contributor: Paramount Publix Corporation
    • Date: 1933
  • Film, Video
    Pathe news. 'Frisco in grip of strike!
    Frisco in grip of strike!
    Footage of San Francisco, California during the Longshoremen's Strike of 1934. There is footage of empty streets, gas stations with "No Gas" signs, and closed restaurants and markets. Mayor Angelo J. Rossi gives a statement urging for reconciliation.
    • Contributor: RKO Distributing Corp - Pathé News, Inc
    • Date: 1934
  • Film, Video
    Pathe news. 'Frisco strike riots!
    Frisco strike riots!
    Footage of the riots that took place during the Longshoremen's Strike in San Francisco, California, that resulted in 80 injuries and 2 deaths. Union picketers can be seen battling police armed with guns and tear gas.
    • Contributor: RKO Distributing Corp - Pathé News, Inc
    • Date: 1934
  • Film, Video
    The story of Doctor Carver
    Title from Educational film/video locator: Story of Dr. Carver
    A slave boy with a keen interest in studying is educated by his master, Carver, who gives him his own name. The young scientist, George Washington Carver, then devotes his life to the development of uses of the peanut and other agricultural products of the South. Shows some of his experimental work and his achievements at Tuskegee Institute.
    • Contributor: Lees, Robert - Loew's Incorporated - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - Rinaldo, Frederic I. - Zinnemann, Fred
    • Date: 1938
  • Film, Video
    Behind the bright lights This film is about the interesting electrical engineering behind the famous Chevrolet sky sign on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. Workers are seen performing maintenance on the exterior, followed by a look at the internal electrical workings of the sign.
    • Contributor: Jam Handy Organization - General Motors Corporation. Chevrolet Motor Division
    • Date: 1935
  • Film, Video
    Bullet-proof! Four Frigidaire salesmen discuss their tactics for selling Frigidaire refrigerators. They highlight five features: dependability, lower operating costs, superior ice making ability, versatile storage space, and food protection. The ideal refrigerator sales pitch centers on these five features making Frigidaire refrigerators the perfect package.
    • Contributor: Toomey, Regis - Jam Handy Organization - Beddoe, Don - General Motors Corporation. Frigidaire Division
    • Date: 1937
  • Film, Video
    The oasis
    Former supplied title: Frigidaire refrigerator. Oasis--theater commercial
    Discusses the hardships felt during the July 1934 heat wave in the Rio Grande region. American Indian dancers are shown performing in ceremonies or rituals meant to change the weather. The Frigidaire refrigerater and its super freezer are presented as a way to better preserve food and save families during the harsh weather.
    • Contributor: Frigidaire Corporation - Jam Handy Organization
    • Date: 1935
  • Film, Video
    Thought for food Provides an introduction to the Kroger Food Foundation and how it can help housewives feed their families. Explains how the foundation tests and analyzes the food sold in its stores to ensure its nutritious content and quality. They also test the ingredients in the bread they bake and study the preservation of meats in their store display cases. The foundation offers housewives information on...
    • Contributor: Jam Handy Organization - Miller, Ivan - Kroger Food Foundation - Francisco, Mercer - Devine, Claire - Havrilla, Alois - Freese, John
    • Date: 1933
  • Film, Video
    Oxydol goes into high This film promotes Oxydol laundry soap to grocers and store owners. This product is presented as the preferred soap for housewives. Four features of the soap are highlighted: it makes clothes whiter, has 40% more suds, is safer for colors, and is safer for white clothes. Lab tests are presented to show the viewer that Oxydol performs better in these categories when compared to...
    • Contributor: Procter & Gamble Company - Jam Handy Organization
    • Date: 1938
  • Film, Video
    Selling America "Presents dramatically the techniques of selling, based on Benjamin Franklin's principles of human association. Shows the merits of each of the principles in an actual selling situation"--Educational film/video locator, third edition, vol. 2, 1986, p. 2549.
    • Contributor: Jam Handy Organization - General Motors Sales Corporation. Frigidaire Division
    • Date: 1938
  • Film, Video
    Master hands Manufacturing of Chevrolets from foundry to finished product as a paean to the designers of the factory mass production system. Filmed in Flint, Michigan months before the United Auto Workers won union recognition with their famous sit down strikes.
    • Contributor: General Motors Corporation. Chevrolet Motor Co - Herman, Vincent - Jam Handy Organization - Avil, Gordon - Benavie, Samuel J.
    • Date: 1936
  • Film, Video
    [Hitler's reign of terror--trailer] In English and some German. Commentator: Edwin C. Hill. Depicted: Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. Speaker: Adolf Hitler. Source used: MI Film and Television catalog card.
    • Contributor: Hitler, Adolf - Hill, Edwin Conger - Vanderbilt, Cornelius
    • Date: 1934
  • Film, Video
    Under Western stars "Rogers, son of an ex-Congressman, gets elected to Congress and goes to Washington to fight the monopolistic water power company, whose policy has parched the land in his district. In the capitol city, Carol Hughes, daughter of the water company president, helps Rogers push through his legislation by staging a novel western party, at which newsreels of the drought-stricken area are shown. A committee...
    • Contributor: Rogers, Roy - Burbridge, Betty - Whitaker, Slim - Rosoff, Charles - Cherkose, Eddie - Chase, Alden - Kane, Joseph - Elliott, Dick - Burnette, Smiley - Marvin, Frankie ... Rogers, Roy - Burbridge, Betty - Whitaker, Slim - Rosoff, Charles - Cherkose, Eddie - Chase, Alden - Kane, Joseph - Elliott, Dick - Burnette, Smiley - Marvin, Frankie - Usher, Guy - Tinturin, Peter - McGowan, Stuart - Siegel, Sol C. - Marta, Jack - Harlan, Kenneth - McGowan, Dorrell - Orlebeck, Les - Dwire, Earl - Colombo, Alberto - Hughes, Carol - Rockwell, Jack - McA Tv (Firm) - Republic Pictures Corporation
    • Date: 1938
  • Film, Video
    A study in reds "While listening to a tedious lecture on the Soviet threat, Wisconsin Dells' Tuesday Club members fall asleep and find themselves laboring in an all-women collective in Russia under the unflinching eye of the Soviet special police."--Library of Congress WWW site.
    • Contributor: Dixon, Verna - Tuesday Club (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) - Bennett, Miriam - Dyer, Ruth
    • Date: 1932
  • Film, Video
    The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair The story of a family from Indiana who comes to New York to see the Fair, and in particular, the Westinghouse exhibit. Here a boy from back home, Jim, who works at the Fair takes the family around and explains the many wonders of science to them, meanwhile trying to convince Bud, the young son, that machinery instead of taking jobs away from people...
    • Contributor: Harvey, Georgette - Lee, Ruth - Modern Talking Picture Service - Feuerman, Sol S. - Drummond, Reed - Lewis, George - Shannon, Harry - Lord, Marjorie - Keller, Walter E. - Hunter, G. R. - Snody, Robert R. - Lydon, James - Steiner, William - Audio Productions - Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company
    • Date: 1939
  • Film, Video
    Our day
    Variant title: Our day--Wallace Kelly--home movies
    Documents a day-in-the-life of the Kelly family in Lebanon, Kentucky, 1938. This film contains images of small-town Southern life, that counter the stereotype of impoverished people eking out a living during the depression. It portrays a modern home inhabited by adults with sophisticated interests (the piano, literature, croquet) and simple ones (gardening, knitting, and home cooking).
    • Contributor: Kelly, Wallace - Kelly, Oliver G. - Kelly, Mabel G. - Kelly, Mattie McElroy
    • Date: 1938
  • Film, Video
    Stewart-Warner greater advertising and promotional plans for its 1938 refrigerators
    Also known as: Stewart-Warner refrigerator sales film | Variant title: Stewart-Warner seeing the light
    Beginning with a brief segment from Radio City, Horace Heidt introduces his Alemite Brigadiers who assist in the promotion of Stewart-Warner products. A narrator describes the success and popularity of Horrace Height and how his audience is wide reaching through NBC, where he endorses the refrigerator. Then, the film shows the print advertising plans for 1938, in magazines and sales promotional materials, that salesmen...
    • Contributor: Cotton, Larry - Carney, Art - Hughes, Lysbeth - Chicago Film Laboratory - Rey, Alvino - Heidt, Horace
    • Date: 1937
  • Film, Video
    The wizard's apprentice An apprentice attempts to employ the black magic of his master, with dire results. He succeeds in some trick stuff, and then finds he cannot break the spell. Threatened with drowning in the sorcerer's workshop, with a woman he animated from statue, he's finally saved by the master who scolds him for his folly.
    • Contributor: Menzies, William Cameron - Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von - Feature Productions, Inc - United Artists Corporation - Dukas, Paul - Schenck, Joseph M. - Swickard, Josef - Siegel, Bernard - Artcinema Associates - Granstedt, Greta - Levee, Sidney - Staines, D. Marion - Feld, Fritz - Riesenfeld, Hugo
    • Date: 1930
  • Film, Video
    Popeye the Sailor meets Sinbad the Sailor In Sindbad, the title character (Bluto with a few changes in his attire) catches sight of Popeye's ship through his spyglass and is instantly smitten with Olive Oyl. He instructs his pet Rokh to sink the ship, but bring Olive to him. Of course, Popeye manages to save himself, Wimpy and Olive, and settles Bluto's hash.
    • Contributor: Wickie, Gus - Nolan, Edward - Zukor, Adolph - Rothberg, Bob - Questel, Mae - Mercer, Jack - Bowsky, Willard - Lerner, Sammy - Fleischer Studios Inc - Paramount Pictures, Inc - Timberg, Sammy - Germanetti, George - Fleischer, Dave - Fleischer, Max
    • Date: 1936