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.
View of elderly people and orphan children entering a building. WPA or Works Progress Administration Public Improvements show new log houses at Mercer County Industrial Park, a commune or community helping men, women, and families affected by the depression. Women milk cows. Man plowing a field with two horses pulling a hand plow, to provide food for the common community. Line of men with hoes work in a garden. Scenes from Camp Fairchance at Low Gap in Boone County West Virginia (South of Madison and Danville) shows totem poles at the camp entrance, a boy blowing a bugle, boy orphans waking up in a bunk house and girl orphans eating together in a dining hall. Young girl children sewing. Children playing, swimming in a nearby stream or lake, and marching behind a band on the grounds of the camp. Camp buildings seen in the background. Trumpeter on wood frame lashed tower blows bugle as American flag is lowered.
Damage in Wheeling, West Virginia due to the floods in Ohio river. Aerial view of the area affected by flood. Houses along the sides of a flooded street. Trees submerged in water. People aboard small boats moving through the water. Women and children stand outside a house and lookout at the water outside the house.
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.