Mine workers and rescue squad carry out bodies of miners who were buried alive in colliery pit during a mine accident in Logan,West Virginia. Families of the victims wait outside the pit-head as search and rescue operation is being carried out.
Shows 'Closed' sign on gate of a factory during depression. Jobless men sitting idle on benches. A young man asks another man for some money. People with signs and banners on road including a sign "Unemployed, will take any job." Men going through trash. Men sleep in doorways. Men in soup kitchen lines and waiting for handouts. Manufacturing factory whistle blows and men are seen going to work. Smoke stacks working again at industrial area. Men shoveling field. Men and women entering a factory. Men in a pay line to receive pay at a factory. Smiling faces of people. A parent tossing a young boy into the air playfully. A young girl drinking milk. A man handing bags of food groceries to a happy wife. Pictures of bottles of milk and plates of breads. People enjoy a swimming pool. Children on a merry go round and on a see saw, as seen from point of view on the ride. A couple holding kids. A tall building under construction and surrounded in scaffolding. Construction of Tri-County airport at Clarksburg. Men working to build the runways. A plane taxis on a completed runway beside them. A man working to seal abandoned mines to prevent pollution of the water supply. Construction of a retaining wall is shown at Richwood Avenue in Morgantown West Virginia to prevent collapse of the roadway and homes above it. Construction shown of a hydro-therapeutic unit at Morris Memorial Hospital for crippled children, especially those suffering from infantile paralysis (polio). Children suffering from infantile paralysis in cots. Scene of construction of a new building at Marshall College (later Marshall University) in Huntington West Virginia, for an elementary training school. A new Gymnasium at Fairview High School is shown, and a new Assembly hall for the 4-H camp at Jacksons Mill. The new building for the Negro High School at Morgantown is shown. View of a wwimming pool, and people diving and swimming. Scene changes to a Sewing room, with many women working at sewing machines powered by foot pedals, and making garments for needy families. View of a Nursery school, and a small black child being bathed in a bath tub. Children playing in the yard of the nursery school.
Men breaking rocks for road building in rural areas of the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia. Cars along road through rural area. A man stands in a horse pulled cart moving on a rural road. Post office at Helvetia, West Virginia, a small town where many citizens still practice traditions from their heritage in Switzerland. Old woman sitting churning butter outside farmhouse. Women with Swiss cheese. Tourists arrive in car at Seneca Rocks, and views of the large rock formations. A sweeping wide view of Germany Valley. Work of the Conservation Commission fish hatchery in Morgan County, as fish including bass are added. Young women feed deer for restocking of forests. A woman feeds a white tailed deer fawn with a bottle. A woman pets a white tail deer buck with antlers.
A raging flood in 1936 in West Virginia. Flood waters seen moving swiftly. WPA Workers during the Great Depression are seen building a new bridge at Petersburg West Virginia, spanning the South Branch of the Potomac River. Car crosses the bridge. New flood walls and dikes built by the WPA are shown, created to prevent recurrence of losses in future floods.
A film about the role of Negro soldiers during various wars in the United States. A dramatization shows a Negro soldier of the Spanish -American War. He also talks about his role in Cuba and the construction of the Panama Canal. Footage of the Panama Canal being constructed and ships underway in the canal. U.S. Army forces including black soldiers boarding troop transport ships bound for Europe during World War 1. A railroad train carries Negro soldiers to France during World War I. Negro soldier units under General Pershing march in formation with an Army band in France during World War 1. Negro soldiers work and fight against the Germans, including the 813th Pioneer Regiment near Marseilles, the 332nd Labor Battalion, and the 808th Pioneer Regiment near Verdun. Negro soldiers racing for front lines including the soldiers with the 8th Illinois and the 372nd regiment and the 371st, and also the 369th in the Argonne. View from behind soldier as he fires a machine gun, and U.S. Army soldiers firing artillery. Negro soldiers of the 369th being decorated and receiving the Croix de Guerre for their heroic actions in World War I. The negro soldiers march at a parade in New York City following World War I and are greeted by throngs of enthusiastic negro civilians attending the parade. View of Henry Johnson being congratulated by civilians after he and Needham Roberts performed with exceptional heroism and received the Croix de Guerre. Close up view of the Croix de guerre medal on a uniform. Graves of Negro soldiers who lost their lives during World War I at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. View of the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Logan Square in Philadelphia. View of a stone memorial in France in tribute to the efforts of the negro soldiers of the 371st Infantry Division who fought and died there on April 21, 1918 during World War 1.
Notable African American persons in the United States. Sociology researcher Charles S. Johnson at his desk and Warren Logan, W. E. Gurghardt Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Charles S Johnson and Ira Reid pose for the camera. Close-ups of each personality. Chemist teacher Dr. Thomas W Turner works in a laboratory in Hampton.