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Pare Lorentz papers, 1914-1994, bulk 1932-1960

Series III: The Plow That Broke The Plains, 1935-1942, undated

The Plow That Broke The Plains was Pare Lorentz's first effort as a director. A half-hour-long documentary with orchestral music and a portentous narration, the film dramatizes the plight of American farmers and extols the efforts of President Roosevelt's New Deal. The film was made under the aegis of the Resettlement Administration – the name would soon change to the better-known Farm Security Administration – an ambitious agency that hoped to encourage farmers to move from dust bowl areas to ecologically stable land. The film premiered in March 1936, in a special presentation before Roosevelt in the White House.

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Subseries 1. Publicity and Clippings, 1936-1941, undated

After initially struggling to generate enthusiasm for his film, Lorentz eventually packed his picture into suitcases and traveled the nation, appealing directly to reporters and theater owners. These reviews and feature stories, clipped from newspapers and magazines, are the result of that effort.



Box 38 Folder 1 Posters, 1936


Box 38 Folder 2 to 6 Clippings, 1936-1941



Box 39 Folder 1 Rural Rehabilitation in Region One , 1937


Box 39 Folder 2 to 6 Press Releases--Region 1, 1935-1938


Box 39 Folder 7 Press Releases--Region 2-5, 1936-1937



Box 40 Folder 1 Press Releases--Region 7-8, 1936-1938


Box 40 Folder 2 to 3 Press Releases--Region 9, 1936-1938


Box 40 Folder 4 Press Releases--Region 11, 1936-1937


Box 40 Folder 5 Information for the Press, 1936-1937


Box 40 Folder 6 Minutes and Memoranda, 1936-1938


Box 40 Folder 7 Weekly Information Memos, 1937-1938


Subseries 2. Production and Distribution, 1935-1942

These folders contain booking forms and records, notes on distribution.



Box 41 Folder 1 to 2 Financial Records, 1935-1936


Box 41 Folder 3 Old Plow Bills, 1936-1937


Box 41 Folder 4 Lorentz Plow Travel, 1935-1936


Box 41 Folder 5 to 6 Bookings--Commercial, 1936-1938



Box 42 Folder 1 to 2 Bookings--Commercial, 1936-1937


Box 42 Folder 3 to 5 Bookings--Non-Commercial, 1936-1937



Box 43 Folder 1 to 4 Bookings--Non-Commercial, 1936-1938


Box 43 Folder 5 to 6 Bookings--Reports and Distribution, 1936-1937



Box 44 Folder 1 Bookings--Reports and Distribution, 1937-1939


Box 44 Folder 2 Distribution, 1936-1939


Box 44 Folder 3 Foreign Distribution, 1936-1937


Box 44 Folder 4 Confidential Report, undated


Box 44 Folder 5 Fan Mail, 1936


Box 44 Folder 6 Correspondence--Edwin Locke, 1940


Box 44 Folder 7 Description of Scenes, 1935


Box 44 Folder 8 General Information, 1935


Box 44 Folder 9 Notes on Purpose and Production, undated



Box 45 Folder 1 Memos and Correspondence, 1936-1942


Box 45 Folder 2 General Information, undated


Box 45 Folder 3 Study Guide, undated


Box 45 Folder 4 Ecological Map, 1935


Box 45 Folder 5 Shooting Script, undated


Box 45 Folder 6 Requests, Prints, Previews, 1938-1939


Box 45 Folder 7 Music and Narration, undated


Box 45 Folder 8 Regional Information, 1936


Box 45 Folder 9 Correspondence--Washington, 1936-1937


Box 45 Folder 10 to 11 Publicity, 1936-1939, undated


Subseries 3. Stills, 1935, undated

The stills in this subseries include photos of the crew working on location.



Box 46 Folder 1 to 2 Stills, 1935


Box 46 Folder 3 to 6 Carded Stills, undated