Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Pack mules with ammunition on the Santiago Trail, Cuba
    Pack mules on the trail, Cuba | Pack mules on trail, 1898 | Pack mules with ammunition on the Santiago
    "A great pack train approaches rapidly, following the gray bell-mule. Cowboys dash to and fro, keeping them bunched. Clouds of dust arise as they pass"--Edison films catalog. About 12,000 mules were taken to Cuba and used primarily for transporting immediate reserves of small-arms ammunition during the Spanish-American War. A group of mules loaded with boxes of ammunition is being driven along a trail, probably...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Paley, William Daly - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    President McKinley reviewing the troops at the Pan-American Exposition
    President McKinley reviewing troops at Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901
    "The President is seen on the reviewing stand at the Stadium, escorted by President Milburn, of the Pan-American Exposition, Secretary Cortelyou, and other noted persons. He removes his silk hat as the troops march by and politely bows to the great audience as they cheer and encore. President McKinley and party form the left foreground of our picture while the troops march by in...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Roosevelt Memorial Association - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Paramount Pictures Corporation - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video
    The voice of the violin Herbert McLean, Sr. has two adult sons, Herbert Jr., and Jack. He is also the guardian of a young woman, Marjorie. Jack is good and generous, but Herbert Sr. favors Herbert Jr. Jack and Marjorie share a love of music. She is a pianist and he is a violinist. They are playing a duet when Herbert Jr. enters the house. He spends a few...
    • Contributor: Edison Collection (Library of Congress) - Turbett, Ben - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Brower, Robert - King, Carlton - O'Malley, Pat - Fulton, Helen
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video
    A day with Thomas A. Edison A six-part documentary recording the 74-year-old Edison's collaborations with his staff, conversations with industrial leaders, and supervision of the factory's production line. The majority of the film (parts 3, 4, and 5) chronicles Edison's trip to the incandescent light bulb factory and details its manufacturing process.
    • Contributor: Edison Collection (Library of Congress) - Bray Studios - General Electric Company
    • Date: 1922
  • Film, Video
    Imperial Japanese dance
    Japanese dance
    "A charming representation of The Mikado dance by three beautiful Japanese ladies in full costume. Very effective when colored. 45 feet"--Edison films catalog.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Sarashe Sisters - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video
    Little mischief "Papa is reading his newspaper and his little girl tickles his neck with a long straw. Thinking it is a fly papa "shoos" away the supposed fly with his hand. The tickling continues now on the ear, and papa waves his newspaper around his head. Not yet content, the little mischief maker continues her fun, and the man loses all patience, and makes such...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - American Vitagraph Company - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Blackton, James Stuart
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    The stenographer's friend, or, What was accomplished by an Edison business phonograph
    What was accomplished by an Edison business phonograph
    It's a busy day at the office, and the stenographer is exhausted from trying to keep up with the demands on her skills. Even when she stays late, she cannot catch up with all of the work. But then a man comes into the office to demonstrate the many advantages of the Edison System, his company's new business phonograph.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1910
  • Film, Video
    The boxing cats (Prof. Welton's)
    Prof. Welton's boxing cats
    Professor Welton presents an amusing fight between two trained cats wearing boxing gloves.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Welton, Henry - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video
    Hadj Cheriff
    Hadji Cheriff | Arab knife juggler | Sheikh Hadji Taha
    Copyright: no reg. Performer: Hadji L. Cheriff. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:19 at 30 fps. MAVIS 179351. Filmed October 6, 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 137. Received: 5-13-1994; viewing print; preservation; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Cheriff, Hadji - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video
    [Hendricks (Gordon) Collection. No. 38, New York City street scene, Union Square and Lincoln Building--unidentified works]
    [New York City street scene, Union Square and Lincoln Building--unidentified works] | [Hendricks Collection. | Herald Square | Streetcar on city street
    Shows the busy corner of Broadway and East Fourteenth Street, at Union Square Park. A streetcar with "Broadway" on the side passes from right to left, and then another passes from left to right, as two policemen direct horse-drawn vehicles, streetcars, and pedestrians on this busy corner. The Lincoln Building is visible in the background.
    • Date: 1889
  • Film, Video
    Mounted police charge "A troop of mounted police, in full dress uniform, are seen approaching the audience at full gallop; when within but a few yards of the camera they suddenly halt and each horse and rider appears full life size"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    [Hendricks Collection. No. 30, Police entering patrol wagon--unidentified works].
    Police patrol wagon
    Police are seen mounting a horse-drawn police wagon.
    • Contributor: Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    The lone fisherman From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Illustrating "fisherman's luck." Sure to make a hit. From Edison films catalog: Depicts the patient fisherman, sitting on the end of a plank, waiting for a bite. Practical joker comes along and removes stone from other end of plank. 115 feet. $17.25.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    Passaic Falls
    Paterson Falls
    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A beautiful picture of the falls of the Passaic River, near Paterson, N.J.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    Interrupted lovers
    Interrupted lover | Comedy scene
    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Another instance where "the course of true love never runs smooth." From Edison films catalog: The watchful father disturbs a dream of bliss, and the bucolic lover is taught a lesson. He made a great hit. 140 feet. $21.00.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    Glenroy Bros. [No. 2]
    Glenroy Brothers.
    From Raff & Gammon price list: Farcical pugilists in costume. 15.00.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Glenroy Brothers - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video
    Corbett and Courtney before the Kinetograph
    Corbett-Courtney fight
    "This fight consists of six rounds, each round on a film 150 feet long. It is not a fac-simile or a "fake" of any description, but an actual contest between James J. Corbett, former champion of the world, and Peter Courtney. The films are listed as 1st Round, 2nd Round, 3rd Round, 4th Round, 5th Round, and 6th Round"--F.M. Prescott catalog, June, 1897.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kinetoscope Exhibition Company - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video
    A morning alarm
    Morning fire alarm
    From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: This shows the Fire Department leaving headquarters for an early morning fire. The scene is remarkable for its natural effect. The opening of the engine house doors, the prancing of the horses, and even the startled expression upon the faces of the spectators, are all clearly depicted. From Edison films catalog: Shows a Newark fire company just leaving the...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    Going to the fire "This scene shows almost the entire Fire Department led by the Chief, responding to an alarm. The horses, said to be the finest of their kind in the country, present a thrilling spectacle as they dash rapidly by, flecked with foam, and panting from the exertion of their long gallop"--Maguire & Baucus catalogue.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    The first sleigh-ride From Maguire & Baucus catalogues: This subject taken just after the recent first fall of snow, shows two enthusiastic horsemen indulging in a "brush" with their respective horses and cutters.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Heise, William - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - White, James H. (James Henry)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    Leonard-Cushing fight "An actual six-round contest between Mike Leonard, commonly called the "Beau Brummel" of pugilism, and Jack Cushing. Full of hard fighting, clever hits, punches, leads, dodges, body blows and some slugging. Sold by rounds. Each round contains 150 feet"--Edison films catalog, no. 105.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kinetoscope Exhibition Company - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video
    Army pack train bringing supplies
    Army of pack train bringing supplies
    The first segment shows a series of loaded mule trains, guided by mules and horses. Many soldiers ride two-to-a-horse (or mule), possibly to facilitate quick unloading of supplies. Note the "Rough Rider"-style hats worn by many of the men. The dusty location is unclear; if the tower in the right distance is St. Boniface Church, the view could be west on Golden Gate Avenue...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video
    Battle of Chemulpo Bay A historical re-enactment of a naval battle in Chemulpo Bay off the coast of Korea during the Russo-Japanese war. Shows a Japanese ship damaging one Russian vessel and sinking another.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Porter, Edwin S. - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Down the old Potomac Follows a week-long, 180-mile trip on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal through the Potomac Valley from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C. Includes scenes of the locks in operation; a mile-long, hand-dug tunnel which was built in 1840; coal barges plying the canal; Maryland farming country; Harper's Ferry; and Great Falls.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1917
  • Film, Video
    Exploded gas tanks, U.S. Mint, Emporium and Spreckels Bld'g
    Exploded gas tanks, U.S. Mint, Emporium and Spreckels Building
    This film is a spectacular pan of the downtown area of San Francisco as seen from south of Market Street. The location among low ruins was ideal to view the tall ruined buildings along and north of Market Street. Since the facade of St. Patrick's Church is not visible in the pan, the film is probably later than May 9, the date the facade...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906