Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Jamestown Exposition, 1907 Scenes of Theodore Roosevelt at the Jamestown Exposition in Norfolk, Virginia, in April and June, 1907, participating in Jamestown's tercentennial celebration on April 26, its opening day, and later on Georgia Day, June 10. From an awning-covered platform, TR appears speaking to large crowd on Lee Parade Ground. Frederick Dent Grant, son of the former President, is visible beside him on the stand. At...
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1907
  • Film, Video
    The Forbidden City, Pekin
    City of Pekin, China, 1903 | Panoramic view of the Forbidden City | Panorama of Forbidden City
    Views of the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), Peking, China: camera, probably located atop the Meridian Gate (Wu Men) pans from the east, past the Gate of Great Harmony (T'ai Ho Men) with the Hall of Supreme Harmony (T'ai Ho Tien) behind it, past the White Pagoda (Pai Ta) in Pei-Hai Park, and then past the West Flowery Gate.
    • Contributor: Ackerman, Raymond - Biograph Company - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video
    The river Depression-era documentary which chronicles the exploration and exploitation of the Mississippi River from the Civil War through the 1920s.
    • Contributor: Lorentz, Pare - Crosby, Floyd - Van Dyke, Willard - Woodard, Stacy - Nosler, Lloyd - Zochling, Leo - Chalmers, Thomas - United States. Farm Security Administration - Afi/Sheerin (Robert M.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Museum of Modern Art Collection (Library of Congress) - Young (Robert) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1938
  • Film, Video
    All my babies...a midwife's own story
    Midwife's own story
    A training film for midwives. Shows in detail a complete delivery and demonstrates the approved procedures to be used by the midwife before, during, and after delivery. Follows a midwife, Mrs. Mary Coley, in her work with various cases under both favorable and unfavorable circumstances.
    • Contributor: Stoney, George C. - Cadwallader, Marian F. - Mitchell, Hannah D. - Bond, Peaslee - Cummins, Sylvia K. - Applebaum, Louis - Association of American Medical Colleges. Medical Audio-Visual Institute - Georgia. Department of Public Health - Columbia University. Press. Center for Mass Communication
    • Date: 1953
  • Film, Video
    A trip down Market Street before the fire "Produced as part of the popular Hale's Tours of the World film series, the film begins at the location of the Miles Brothers film studio, 1139 Market Street, between 8th and 9th Streets; it was filmed 14 April 1906, four days before the devastating earthquake and fire of 18 April 1906, which virtually destroyed the entire downtown area. The negative was taken by train...
    • Contributor: Miles Brothers - Afi/Post (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video
    San Francisco earthquake and fire, April 18, 1906 Shows the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906, and the devastation resulting from the subsequent three-day fire. The earthquake struck at 5:12 a.m. San Francisco, with thousands of unreinforced brick buildings, and closely-spaced wooden Victorian dwellings, was poorly prepared for a major fire. The scenes in the film are preceded by interior titles, many of which are sensationalized. One scene...
    • Contributor: Afi/Adams (L. F.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • 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
    [Theater commercial--Flash cleaner]
    Product ads
    Film advertisement for Flash Cleaner, "cleans the hands and homes of millions." Features triple-exposure shots appealing to both the factory mechanic and the housewife.
    • Contributor: Afi/Keene State College Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 192?
  • Film, Video
    [Theater commercial--Warner's corsets]
    Warner corset advertisement
    A fictionalized story of "Warner's fashionable rust-proof corsets, guaranteed not to rust, break or tear." On the way to bed, a little girl spies her mother's corset and tries it on in front of a mirror. Her younger brother tries to grab it from her, and the two wrestle over the corset as they move into the bathroom. Still fighting for the corset, the...
    • Contributor: Afi/Raes (Walter K. And Marika A.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 191?
  • Film, Video
    [Theater commercial--electric refrigerators]. Buy an electric refrigerator
    Buy an electric refrigerator.
    Largely graphic commercial for electric refrigerators in general and a refrigerator show, presumably in Pittsburgh, in particular.
    • Contributor: Afi/Kalinowski (Eugene) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1926
  • Film, Video
    Land of the free
    Automotive industry
    Presents the panoply of American history, the richness of American human and natural resources, and the greatness of American freedoms. Reviews the country's industrial and agriculture wealth and relates the stories of people who strive to capitalize on it. Lists the nation's share of the world's production of goods and consumption of resources. Hails the freedom of travel in the U.S. and the American...
    • Contributor: Weeks, Al - Pelletier, Vincent - Wilding Picture Productions - Chrysler Corporation. Dodge Division - Wilding Picture Productions. Distribution Department
    • Date: 1940
  • Film, Video
    Behind your radio dial This program presents a backstage view of radio and television broadcasting. It includes capsule summaries of the departments making up the NBC network organization, scenes of rehearsals and broadcasts by NBC's top stars.
    • Contributor: Montagne, Edward J. - Reisman, Philip H. - Sullivan, Neil - Grauer, Ben - Shulman, Alan - Toscanini, Arturo - RKO-Pathe - National Broadcasting Company
    • Date: 1949
  • Film, Video
    The lost battalion Based on the experiences of soldiers in the American 77th Infantry Division, about 550 of whom were isolated and surrounded by the Germans during the Battle of the Argonne in World War I. The men suffered from thirst, hunger, and heavy losses, but refused to surrender. As more men were killed and captured, carrier pigeons became the only method of communicating with headquarters. Coming...
    • Contributor: Macmanus, Edward A. - King, Burton - Logue, Charles A. - Ferguson, Helen - Coakley, Marion - Glass, Gaston - Robson, May - Davenport, Blanche - Learn, Bessie - Young, Tammany - D'albrook, Sidney - Macmanus Corporation - W.H. Productions Company
    • Date: 1919
  • Film, Video
    Interior N.Y. subway, 14th St. to 42nd St.
    Interior New York subway, Fourteenth Street to Forty-second Street | Interborough Subway 8 from 14th St. to 42nd St. | Interborough subway from 14th St. to 42nd St. | New York subway | In the N.Y. subway | Interboro subway
    The camera platform was on the front of a New York subway train following another train on the same track. Lighting is provided by a specially constructed work car on a parallel track. At the time of filming, the subway was only seven months old, having opened on October 27, 1904. The ride begins at 14th Street (Union Square) following the route of today's...
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video
    Parade, fiftieth anniversary, Atlantic City, N.J.
    Parade, 50th anniversary, Atlantic City, N.J.
    Shows a parade held in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the incorporation of Atlantic City in 1854. Includes views of patriotic floats, a U.S. Army Drum and Bugle Corps, and the men and equipment of the Atlantic City Fire Department.
    • Contributor: Waters, Percival L. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Coney Island at night Shows concessions at Thompson and Dundy's Luna Park and Dreamland on Coney Island. Taken at night by the light of the concessions themselves. Shows both close-up and distance shots, elevated and at street level. The titles of the film could have been photographed on the spot, however, they seem to have been contrived for this film by the use of stop-action photography.
    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video
    Skirmish between Russian and Japanese advance guards
    Japanese outpost on the Yalu River
    Renactment of a skirmish that was likely to have occurred in the Russo-Japanese War. Opens with an establishing scene entitled "A Japanese outpost on the Yalu River," which shows the Japanese soldiers of the infantry outpost doing rifle drills and raising the flag. Following scenes are entitled "The Attack," "The Capture," and "The Retreat". In them, the Japanese fire their cannon; the Russian infantry...
    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Mystic Shriner's Day, Dreamland, Coney Island A parade of Mystic Shriners in ritual costumes and traditional hats, carrying a banner reading "Mecca"; some walk, some are mounted on horses, a few ride on camels and on one elephant. Many men and women in street dress walk casually in the parade. Single camera position from high angle.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video
    Native woman washing a Negro baby in Nassau, B.I. A woman puts a toddler-aged boy into a washtub outdoors and vigorously washes him; camera pans left to show other women and children who scatter.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video
    On a good old 5 [cent] trolley ride
    [On] a [good old] five cent trolley ride | Five cent trolley ride
    Amusing characters board an unsteady trolley at each stop, and then abandon the streetcar in order to chase a man who brought on board a basket full of snakes that got loose. A goose gets involved in the chase, and is stolen by a tramp.The chase ends when the crowd arrives at a stream that the tramp has already crossed, with the goose under...
    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video
    Poor John
    Vesta Victoria (Poor John) | Vesta Victoria singing Poor John
    Vesta Victoria, a British music hall entertainer, enters a stage and appears to sing the popular tune "Poor John," (composer Henry E. Pether; lyricist, Fred W. Leigh), using gestures to illustrate the lyrics.
    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Vesta Victoria - Belcher-Waterson Amusement Co. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1907
  • Film, Video
    Empire State Express, the second, taking water on the fly "The second Empire State Express, behind a 4-4-2 Atlantic locomotive, demonstrates how to take water on the fly by scooping it out of a pan set between the railroad tracks"--George Kleine Collection...catalog, p. 35.
    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video
    Crossing ice bridge at Niagara Falls A 360 degree pan of Niagara Falls during the extremely severe winter of 1903-04; the camera was positioned on or near the ice frozen over the top of the rapids created by the Falls, panning over the Falls, the frozen area, both banks and the full cantilever suspension bridge between Canada and the U.S. People can be seen walking on the ice.
    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Edison, Thomas A.
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Single harness horses "Shows ten horses hitched to fashionable carts driven past the judges and grandstand to show their style, action and high-stepping movements. Among the drivers, Charles F. (Fatty ) Bates, the noted whip, shows up very prominently. The horses are all of very high class, and the action is of the very best. The film is clear, sharp and catchy"--F.Z. Maguire & Co. catalogue, March...
    • Contributor: Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video
    The sea lions' home "The famous Seal Rocks at Golden Gate Park are here shown. Sea lions in their wild state are lying on the rocks and swimming and diving in the water. 50 ft."--Edison films catalog. "Pacific Coast Life Saving Service series: These subjects are illustrative of the work performed by the Life Saving Corps of the United States Government, and show the methods in vogue at...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Blechynden, Frederick - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Edison, Thomas A. - White, James H.
    • Date: 1897