America at Work, America at Leisure presents motion pictures that document the work and leisure activities of Americans at the turn of the century. Included are films that document work in manufacturing plants, logging facilities and stockyards; films that document people visiting amusement parks, country fairs and expositions; as well as films that document children at school and people participating in sporting events. Of special interest are films showing the activities of the United States Postal Service in 1903.
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These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.
- Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
- Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
Related Collections and Exhibits
- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
- Great Earthquake and Fire: San Francisco, 1897-1916
- Inside an American Factory: Westinghouse Works, 1904
- Inventing Entertainment: The Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies
- Life of a City: New York, 1898-1906
- Detroit Publishing Company
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