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  • Cake walk /

    Five African Americans--three men and two women--perform a cakewalk, a dance featuring fancy strutting that was named after the prize awarded in the original contests. The dancers wear rather formal attire, with the men in dark suits and black tie and the women in full-length, high-collared dark dresses; one woman carries a small American flag. As they step in place against a light background, ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • James "Super Chikan" Johnson and Richard Christman

    James "Super Chikan" Johnson and Richard Christman performs Mississippi blues songs and music at the Library of Congress, May 23, 2006. videorecording | videorecording ; 62 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). May 23, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Super Chikan - Christman, Richard
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2006
  • Not the Same Old(Folk) Song and Dance: Field Recordings in the European Communities of the United States

    videorecording | videorecording; 52 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). July 27, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Barton, Matthew
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material - Collection
    • Date: 2006
  • Jumbo, the trained elephant /

    Camera iris opens from black to a smiling man standing in front of an elephant, who is seated on her haunches on a stool with her front legs raised in the air. They are apparently on a stage with a painted backdrop of a forest. The man gives the elephant a treat, who then stands as the iris closes. Another iris effect opens on ...

    • Contributor: [Commonwealth Pictures Corp
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1919

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  • Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians /

    Opens on a vaudeville or variety stage with a flat painted curtain of a stone fence and garden. On the right side of the stage sits a sign that reads "Zuzu Daffy, Singing Soubret." A boy in an usher's uniform crosses the stage and replaces the sign with one that reads "Levi and Cohen, Irish Comedians." The boy exits, and the curtain rises to ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • " If It Wasn't for the Irish and the Jews" Irish and Jewish Influences on the Music of Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley

    videorecording | videorecording; 74 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). December 1, 2009 (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Moloney, Mick
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material - Collection
    • Date: 2009
  • Kiss me /

    Opens on a stage set of a street with a sidewalk and a high fence completely covered with female burlesque troupe posters. The four posters visible advertise actual contemporary burlesquers Fred Irwin's Majestics, Rose Sydell (of her London Belles), Phil Sheridan's New City Sports (with the tag line "Ain't we three birds"), and the Rentz-Santley Co. One of the center posters--that for Rose Sydell--features ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • The Bar J Wranglers: Cowboy Music from Wyoming

    The Bar J Wranglers perform cowboy songs and music at the Library of Congress, October 2, 2008. videorecording | videorecording ; 61 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Date). October 2, 2008. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Bar J Wranglers (Musical Group) - Hatch, Anne F. - Humphreys, Scott - Humphreys, Bryan - Hodgson, Tim - Cook, Donnie - Rogers, Danny - Baxter, Jerry - Bulger, Peggy A.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008
  • Spirit of '76 /

    Dramatic recreation of the painting "The spirit of '76" by Archibald M. Willard. Opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a battlefield and stage props of dirt, stones, and a broken wagon wheel. From stage left marches a trio of Revolutionary soldiers in a fife and drum corps. As in the painting, the center drummer is a tall, older, white-haired man in ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Gordon Sisters boxing /

    Two women on a stage approach from either side of the painted backdrop of a garden and engage in a boxing match. Both the boxing gloves and the hits exchanged between the women seem genuine. One woman wears a modest white dress with long sleeves and a skirt to mid-calf, dark stockings, and laced boots. The other woman--taller, thinner, and perhaps younger--sports a shorter, ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Edison Manufacturing Co.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
  • Force and Violins What the FBI had on Folksingers

    videorecording | videorecording; 50 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). March 19, 2008. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Dunaway, David King
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008
  • Stolen Souls from Africa

    videorecording | videorecording ; 3 min | Recorded at the Library of Congress (Venue). Forms part of the Seeger Family Tribute Collection (Source). A version of this song titled, "The Song of the Coffle Gang," was published in abolishionist song collections: The Liberty Minstrel, compiled by George Washington Clark in New York, 1844, and in The Anti Slavery Harp, compiled by William Wells Brown ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Seeger, Mike
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007
  • Benton Flippen and the Smokey Valley Boys

    videorecording | 1 videorecording: 59 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). August 17, 2005. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Flippen, Benton - Smokey Valley Boys - Clifton, Verlen - Brown, Paul - Bode, Frank
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material - Collection
    • Date: 2005
  • Eddie Bond and Josh Ellis

    videorecording | videorecording ; 25 min | Forms part of Legends and Legacies: Remembering Archie Green (Source). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Ellis, Josh - Bond, Eddie
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009
  • Charity ball /

    A man in formal dinner clothes and a woman in a white ruffled dress with a flower corsage and white shoes execute various dance steps designed as exhibition dancing. The set is bare, without backdrops or props. The couple's feet are not evident at times in the frame, and the dance appears to have been shot in relatively slow motion.

    • Contributor: Heise, William - Kelley, James T. - Kent, Dorothy - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Edison Manufacturing Co.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1897
  • Latina, dislocation act /

    Opens with a repeat of the last scene in "Latina, contortionist." In a medium shot from the bust up, Latina faces the camera and interlaces her fingers with her arms held out in front of her, palms towards the camera and elbows pointed out. In that position, she raises her arms over and behind her head and then down her back, dislocating her shoulders ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Princess Rajah dance /

    "An Oriental dance which was one of the features of "Mysterious Asia," a Concession on the Pike, St. Louis Exposition. Length 72 feet"--Kleine Optical Co. catalog. Princess Rajah performs an "Oriental" or belly dance, and a balancing chair act in her teeth like that often found in folk performances in various cultures from Northern Africa to Greece. Shot outdoors in a street scene at ...

    • Contributor: Princess Rajah - Weed, A. E. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Tony Ellis & the Musicians of Braeburn

    Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn from Ohio perform banjo and string band songs and music at the Library of Congress, June 22, 2011. sound recording | videorecording ; 62 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). June 22, 2011. (Date). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Ellis, Tony, Banjoist - Austen, Theadocia Millich
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011
  • Latina, contortionist /

    A woman wearing a light-colored leotard, gathered at the waist, and tights stands against a black background. Although she is filmed in a long shot, her feet are cut off in the frame. She opens with a flourish of her arms and faces the camera. First stretching up with her arms, Latina then bends in half at the waist, steps into a metal ring ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
  • Sing Along with Pete Seeger

    videorecording | videorecording ; 29 min | Forms part of the Seeger Family Tribute Collection (Source). Recorded at the Library of Congress (Venue). 4:3 Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Seeger, Pete
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007

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  • Seeger Family Concert

    Mike, Peggy, and Pete Seeger with the Short Sisters perform at the Library of Congress March 16, 2007. Forms part of "How Can I Keep From Singing": A Seeger Family Tribute symposium and concert. videorecording | videorecording ; 133 min | Seeger Family Tribute Collection. (Source). March 16, 2007. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Seeger, Pete - Seeger, Mike - Seeger, Peggy - Short Sisters
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007
  • Cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski and cowboy singer-composer Wylie Gustafson from Montana

    Paul Zarzyski and Wylie Gustafson perform songs and poetry at the Library of Congress, October 7, 2009. videorecording | videorecording; 60 min | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). October 7, 2009. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Zarzyski, Paul - Gustafson, Wylie - Bulger, Peggy A. - Seemann, Charlie
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009
  • The Beehive Band: Mormon String Band music from Utah

    The Beehive Band: Mormon String Band music from Utah perform at the Library of Congress, April 24, 2008. videorecording | videorecording ; 66 | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). April 24, 2008. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Beehive Band
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008
  • Turkish dance, Ella Lola /

    A young, dark-haired woman performs a period "Oriental" dance (commonly known as a belly dance) with some Turkish styling. She performs distinctive dance movements that include shoulder shimmies with pelvic movements and several foot patterns, side traveling movements with pelvic circles, a slow pelvic circle and a front pelvic lock, and paddle turns with various arm gestures. Her dance costume consists of a two-layered ...

    • Contributor: Lola, Ella - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Marce Lacouture with David Greely and Kristi Guillory Cajun Music from Louisiana

    videorecording | videorecording; 63 min. | Homegrown Concert Series. (Source). June 23, 2010. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Lacouture, Marce - Greely, David - Guillory, Guillory, Kristi - Owens, Maida - Ausetn, Theodocia
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012