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1.

The Speck of the Future

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"The Gold Rush brings the whole world to the West, as 49ers from Asia, South America and the eastern states scramble for 'a share of the rocks, ' littering the hills with mining towns and creating the West's first metropolis. But in the push to strike it rich, many are violently pushed aside."--Http://www.pbs.org.
Online
1996
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TR in San Francisco, 1903

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President Roosevelt reviewed the school children of San Francisco from 10:00am to 10:30am on Wednesday, May 13, 1903. An estimated 40,000 school children gathered along both sides of Van Ness Avenue, west of the downtown area, for the parade. The wide north-south boulevard, partially lined with the mansions of the wealthy, was the approximate boundary between the old gold rush era city (to the east) and the newer western addition to the west. To better organize the students, each school was assigned a specific block and each student was given a flag to wave. Many adults were also on hand to watch the parade, which entered Van Ness at Pacific Avenue, proceeded south to Market Street, then doubled back up Van Ness to Pacific. The presidential carriage kept to the right so that all the [...]
FilmOnline
1903
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Berkeley, California Fire

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Scenes of the 1923 citywide conflagration.
Online
1923
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Summer of Love

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A look into the hippie revolution of San Francisco during the '60s, and how the free love and music turned into a life of drug use, violence, and broken dreams.
Online
2007
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Scenes in San Francisco, [No. 1]

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This film is a compilation of views and pans among the ruins of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire and dates from Wednesday, May 9, 1906. The film was shot in the downtown area along Market and Mission streets.; The following is a scene-by-scene description of the film: [Frame: 0100] The camera, positioned at the southwest corner of Mission and 5th streets, makes a hurried and jerky pan from the east side of 5th Street eastward to the south side of Mission Street. At the start of the pan, the ruined Lincoln School building is seen, with the dark profile of the Flood Building behind it on Market Street. The camera pans right on a long row of windows in the ruined west wall of the Emporium department store [0130]. The tent in the foreground is probably a temporary "office" of [...]
FilmOnline
1906
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California Missions [electronic resource]

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Scenes of California's historic Spanish missions, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1917
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California Ostrich Farm [electronic resource]

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This early documentary from the Ford Motor Company shows views of an ostrich farm in California in the early 20th Century.
Online
1916
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Date Palms, Los Angeles, California [electronic resource]

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Scenes of date palms in Los Angeles, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1920
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Los Angeles [electronic resource]

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Shows street scenes of Los Angeles, California in the early 20th century, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1916
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Mount Wilson (California) [electronic resource]

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This documentary, produced by the Ford Motor Company, features Mount Wilson, CA.
Online
1917
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Golden Gate Bridge Opening

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Newsreel coverage of the construction and inauguration of the bridge.
Online
1936
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Life in the Central Valley of California

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Shows the agriculture, trade and infrastructure of California's Central Valley, all made possible by irrigation.
Online
1949
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Our Town Today

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Lloyd M. Edward, Chairman of the Citizens Manpower Committee of Los Angeles County, with a message about coordinating the civilian war effort in Los Angeles, California. "We're going to stay on the job, every one of us, we're going to stay on the job to finish the job," with scenes of factories, planning meetings, the impacts on housing, transportation.
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Gold Rush

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Online
2006
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Scenes in San Francisco: No. 2 [electronic resource]

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This documentary features property damage from earthquakes and wildfires.
Online
1906
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San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, April 18, 1906 [electronic resource]

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This film shows the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906, and the devastation resulting from the subsequent three-day fire. The 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:12am and was centered along the San Andreas Fault, which slices through coastal California. Most of the cities of central California were badly damaged. San Francisco, with thousands of unreinforced brick buildings - and thousands more closely-spaced wooden Victorian dwellings - was poorly prepared for a major fire. Collapsed buildings, broken chimneys, and a shortage of water due to broken mains led to several large fires that soon coalesced into a city-wide holocaust. The fire swept over nearly a quarter of the city, including the entire downtown area. Dynamite was used with varying success to pre [...]
FilmOnline
1906
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Everyman [electronic resource]

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The boat Everyman was built by peace groups in the San Francisco Bay Area for the purpose of protesting nuclear testing by sailing into Pacific Ocean nuclear test zones. The film covers Everyman's first and only voyage on May 27, 1962 when it sailed twenty miles out to sea, only to be stopped by the U.S. Coast Guard, which arrested the crew and impounded the boat. Protests included sit-in demonstrations at the U.S. Marshal's office, in which Joan Baez took part, singing "We Shall Overcome." The crew was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Online
1962
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No Greater Cause [electronic resource]

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Film chronicles the height of the anti-Vietnam war movement in the Bay Area. Footage shows the massive confrontations in Oakland between police and anti-draft protestors in 1967; the rally of 100,000 against the war at Kezar Stadium in April, 1967 including the keynote address by Vietnam veteran, David Duncan.
Online
1968
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Hot Damn! [electronic resource]

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Film contains unique footage of the Bay Area peace movement at a time when the Vietnam War was escalating rapidly. Segments include the Berkeley troop train demonstrations; peace marches from Berkeley to Oakland, ending in massive confrontations with local police; the Oakland Army Induction Center draft protest, draft card burnings, and the sit-ins of 1964-65.
Online
1965
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Factory Farms [electronic resource]

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Covers the agricultural laborer's view of California agriculture, a highly capitalized, sophisticated industry with substandard wage rates that keep its workers in poverty and destitution. The film documents 1959 labor conditions for farm workers and reviews the history of union organizing in California agriculture.
Online
1959