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Introduction to BPA Film Collection: Volume One, Disc One, 1939-1954​

Researcher Libby Burke introduces the Bonneville Power Administration's film program, which was established during the development of the Columbia River hydroelectric system in the 1930s to educate communities about public power and its benefits. Here, Burke highlights three early BPA films: "Hydro" (1939), "The Columbia: America's Greatest Power Stream" (1949) and "Highline" (1950). She also discusses BPA's hiring of Woody Guthrie in 1941 to write songs for the film that became "The Columbia," as well as the building of the Northwest's electric transmission system. These films appear on disc one of "BPA Film Collection, Volume 1, 1939-1954," which is now available through the BPA Library at the agency's headquarters in Portland, Ore. For more information, contact BPA's Library & Visitor Center at 503-230-4636 (800-622-4250) or