Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    A Bronx morning A Bronx morning is a portrait of a place and time, simultaneously a documentary, an avant-garde experiment, and an amateur film--although its compositional beauty and complex editing disguise that it is a 21-year old's first attempt at moviemaking. Architectural abstractions are only part of Leyda's portrait. The film soon naturalizes its abstractions into a vibrant vision of children's games and adult commerce on the...
    • Contributor: Leyda, Jay - Glenn Photo Supply (Firm)
    • Date: 1931
  • 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: Woodard, Stacy - Nosler, Lloyd - Chalmers, Thomas - Young (Robert) Collection (Library of Congress) - Crosby, Floyd - United States. Farm Security Administration - Afi/Sheerin (Robert M.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Van Dyke, Willard - Museum of Modern Art Collection (Library of Congress) - Zochling, Leo - Lorentz, Pare
    • Date: 1938
  • Film, Video
    The cry of jazz Uses dramatic dialogue, direct address argumentation, realist documentary illustration, an innovative music soundtrack, and essayistic construction to argue for jazz music as an expression of the situation of Black Americans. Seeing jazz as both empowering and limiting, the film is an acute and even painful statement of its political, social, cultural, and artistic moment.
    • Contributor: Alk, Howard - Horton, Dorothea - Sun Ra - Macfadyen, Gavin - Khtb Productions - Dillon, Melinda - Copyright Collection (Library of Congress) - Hill, Nelam L. - Kennedy, Mark - Priester, Julian ... Alk, Howard - Horton, Dorothea - Sun Ra - Macfadyen, Gavin - Khtb Productions - Dillon, Melinda - Copyright Collection (Library of Congress) - Hill, Nelam L. - Kennedy, Mark - Priester, Julian - Leist, Norman - Miller, James - Bland, Ed - Duncan, Andrew - Starr, Hank - Waller, George - Inman, Laroy - Severson, Paul - Higgins, Eddie
    • Date: 1959
  • 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: Mitchell, Hannah D. - Stoney, George C. - Columbia University. Press. Center for Mass Communication - Applebaum, Louis - Association of American Medical Colleges. Medical Audio-Visual Institute - Bond, Peaslee - Cadwallader, Marian F. - Georgia. Department of Public Health - Cummins, Sylvia K.
    • 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
    • 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...
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video
    St. Louis blues
    Saint Louis blues
    Bessie arrives at her rooming house where the participants of a hallway craps game tell her that her man, Jimmy, has just gone to her room with a beautiful young woman. When she confronts the couple, Jimmy knocks her to the ground, and leaves with the other woman. Bessie begins to sing the blues. Later, in a nightclub, Bessie mournfully continues her song, accompanied...
    • Contributor: Powell, Isabel Washington - Handy, W. C. (William Christopher) - Sack Amusement Enterprises - Murphy, Dudley - RKO Distributing Corp - Strenge, Walter - Smith, Joe - Sheilds, Russell - Mordecai, Jimmy - Radio Pictures ... Powell, Isabel Washington - Handy, W. C. (William Christopher) - Sack Amusement Enterprises - Murphy, Dudley - RKO Distributing Corp - Strenge, Walter - Smith, Joe - Sheilds, Russell - Mordecai, Jimmy - Radio Pictures - Currier, Richard - Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond) - Oschmann, George - Smith, Bessie - Hall Johnson Choir - Morris, Thomas - Johnson, James P. (James Price) - RKO Productions
    • Date: 1929
  • Film, Video
    The hitch-hiker While vacationing in Mexico two men offer a ride to a hitchhiker who, after revealing himself as a homicidal maniac, forces the men to help him elude the police.
    • Contributor: Niles, Wendell - Lupino, Ida - Lovejoy, Frank - Talman, William - Copyright Collection (Library of Congress) - Young, Collier - Musuraca, Nick - Del Val, Jean - RKO Radio Pictures - Filmakers, Inc. (Hollywood, Calif.) ... Niles, Wendell - Lupino, Ida - Lovejoy, Frank - Talman, William - Copyright Collection (Library of Congress) - Young, Collier - Musuraca, Nick - Del Val, Jean - RKO Radio Pictures - Filmakers, Inc. (Hollywood, Calif.) - O'Brien, Edmond - Joseph, Robert L. - Torvay, José - D'agostino, Albert - Vacío, Natividad - Stewart, Douglas - Keller, Walter E. - Howat, Clark - Stevens, Leith - Bakaleinikoff, C. (Constantin) - Hayes, Sam - Mainwaring, Daniel
    • Date: 1953
  • Film, Video
    Interior N.Y. subway, 14th St. to 42nd St
    Interior New York subway, Fourteenth Street to Forty-second Street | Title from Biograph production log: Interborough Subway 8 from 14th St. to 42nd St | Variant title from Biograph production log: Interborough subway from 14th St. to 42nd St | Variant title from the Internet movie database: New York subway | Variant title from the Internet movie database: In the N.Y. subway | Variant title from the Internet movie database: 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: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Bitzer, G. W.
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video
    President McKinley taking the oath "This film records President McKinley taking the oath of office. The first camera position shows the seating arrangements prepared for the spectators and witnesses on the steps of the Capitol. At the time the film was taken, there were many empty seats. The second camera position shows the inaugural party during the swearing-in ceremonies. All that can be seen is the black draped balcony...
    • Contributor: Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video
    Edison kinetoscopic record of a sneeze, January 7, 1894
    Sneeze | Fred Ott's sneeze | Ott's sneeze | Kinetoscopic record of a sneeze
    "Considered to be the first motion picture given legal status by copyright acceptance. The forty-five frames it contains were sent in for copyright as a still picture. The action consists of a man, Fred Ott, sneezing. Application for copyright was filed by William K. Laurie Dickson, Edison's assistant and supervisor of the new motion picture project. The frames were rephotographed from the still picture...
    • Contributor: Heise, William - Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video
    President McKinley and escort going to the Capitol "The film begins by showing military personnel on horseback. The camera was positioned on a side street and photographed representatives of several different companies of American cavalry. Just as the film ends, foot soldiers and West Point cadets preceding the two horse-drawn carriages, one containing President McKinley's party, come into view"--Early motion pictures. "This most excellent picture was secured at the junction of Pennsylvania...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Porter, Edwin S.
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video
    Star Theatre
    Star Theater
    Using time-lapse photography, the film shows the demolition of the famous Star Theatre. Judging from the various exposures, the work must have gone on for a period of approximately thirty days. The theater opened in 1861 as "Wallack's Theatre," and was re-christened the "Star" in 1883. It was well known for it's excellent productions, and a number of celebrated actors and actresses worked there,...
    • Contributor: Armitage, F. S. - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1902
  • Film, Video
    Welding the big ring
    Title in Biograph photo catalog, v. 6 and Biograph Co. prod. records: Welding big ring | Variant title: Westinghouse works | Welding big ring | Westinghouse works
    A group of men weld one area of a large ring in a fire. They lift the ring, which is hanging horizontally on chains, out of the fire. Four men hammer the hot area on the ring into shape while the remaining men hold the ring. They put the ring into the fire again, take it out, and take it over to a machine...
    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Bitzer, G. W.
    • Date: 1904
  • Article
    A corner in wheat A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. Shows the differences between the lives of those who work to grow the wheat and the life of the man who dabbles in its sale for profit.
    • Contributor: Biograph Company - Johnson, Arthur V. - Woods, Frank E. - Quirk, Billy - Robinson, Gertrude - Craig, Charles B. - Griffith, D. W. (David Wark) - Sennett, Mack - Arvidson, Linda - Bitzer, G. W. ... Biograph Company - Johnson, Arthur V. - Woods, Frank E. - Quirk, Billy - Robinson, Gertrude - Craig, Charles B. - Griffith, D. W. (David Wark) - Sennett, Mack - Arvidson, Linda - Bitzer, G. W. - Hart, Ruth - Macpherson, Jeanie - West, Dorothy - Haldeman, Edith - Moore, Owen - Miller, W. Christy - Walthall, Henry B. (Henry Brazeale) - Henderson, Grace - Mailes, Charles H. (Charles Hill) - O'Sullivan, Tony - Powell, Frank E. - Harron, Robert - Kirkwood, James - Butler, William J. - Egan, Gladys - Sweet, Blanche - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Nichols, George - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Dillon, Edward - Bruce, Kate - Norris, Frank - Evans, Frank
    • Date: 1909
  • Article
    The bargain
    Variant title: Two-gun man in the bargain
    Outlaw Jim Stokes robs a stagecoach using stuffed dummies as "accomplices". Pursued and wounded, he collapses by a water hole. He is found by a kindly miner and nursed back to health by the miner's daughter, Nell. Stokes falls in love with Nell and decides to return the money and reform. Nell and Stokes are married, but the very next day, as he is...
    • Contributor: Williams, Clara - Newhard, Robert - Hart, William S. (William Surrey) - Paramount Pictures Corporation - August, Joseph H. - Clifford, William H. - Dowling, J. J. (Joseph J.) - Ince, Thomas H. - New York Motion Picture Corp - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Burke, J. Frank (John Franklin) - Sherry, Barney - Barker, Reginald
    • Date: 1914
  • Article
    The Italian
    Dago
    Beppo, an Italian gondolier, is in love with Annette, who has another suitor, wealthy but much older. Her father gives Beppo a year to prove himself, so he emigrates to New York City, opens a shoeshine stand, and makes many friends among his neighbors. He meets his ward boss, Corrigan, who, to a friendly, unsophisticated immigrant like Beppo, seems to be a good fellow....
    • Contributor: Williams, Clara - Sullivan, C. Gardner - Paramount Pictures Corporation - Beban, George - Ince, Thomas H. - New York Motion Picture Corp - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Burke, J. Frank (John Franklin) - Barker, Reginald
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video
    Casting a guide box, Westinghouse works
    Variant title: Westinghouse works | Variant title from MAVIS: Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1 | Westinghouse works | Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1
    A large bucket full of molten material is poured into a large container, possibly a mold, by a group of men using machinery. Some other men stoke the fire under the container. When finished pouring, the men lift the bucket up from the container and take it away on a crane. Two men put prods down repeatedly into the container, while others lay covers...
    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Bitzer, G. W.
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Panorama exterior Westinghouse works
    Variant title: Westinghouse works | Variant title from MAVIS: Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1 | Title in Biograph photo catalog, v. 6: Railroad from Pittsburg to Stewart, Westinghouse works | Shooting title in Biograph Co. prod. records: Railroad panorama, Pittsburg to Stewart, Westinghouse works | Panorama of exterior | Westinghouse works | Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1 | Railroad from Pittsburg to Stewart, Westinghouse works | Railroad panorama, Pittsburg to Stewart, Westinghouse works
    The view from a moving train shows some of the Westinghouse interests and the surrounding areas. It appears that the film is in two parts and has been incorrectly spliced together with the last part put first. The film is supposed to show one rail route, but maps indicate that the first part of the film logically should be placed last. The first part...
    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Bitzer, G. W.
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Steam whistle, Westinghouse works
    Variant title: Westinghouse works | Variant title from MAVIS: Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1 | Westinghouse works | Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1
    A closeup of the steam whistle blowing at the "Westinghouse works" complex of factories in Pennsylvania, probably at the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co.
    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Bitzer, G. W.
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Coil winding section E, Westinghouse works
    Variant title: Westinghouse works | Variant title from MAVIS: Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel | Westinghouse works | Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel
    Rows of women are shown at tables with winding machines. They wind using material from spools behind them, apparently putting the finished products on the table in front of them. Various supervisory staff, male and female, walk through the aisles, checking the work of the women.
    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Bitzer, G. W.
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Tapping a furnace, Westinghouse works
    Variant title: Westinghouse works | Variant title from MAVIS: Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1 | Westinghouse works | Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1
    A large bucket is lowered into a pit by male workers using machinery. Molten material from a furnace is poured into the bucket using a slide. The bucket, which has flames coming from inside, is lifted up from the pit by a crane.
    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Bitzer, G. W.
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Coil winding machines, Westinghouse works
    Variant title: Westinghouse works | Variant title from MAVIS: Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1 | Westinghouse works | Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1
    Numerous women stand in rows at winding machines, taking material from large spools behind them. A male supervisor walks down the aisle, checking the work of the women.
    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Bitzer, G. W.
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Girls taking time checks, Westinghouse works
    Variant title: Westinghouse works | Variant title from MAVIS: Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1 | Westinghouse works | Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1
    Almost 200 women file by a device on the wall from which they take their time checks. A man runs half-way across the screen at the end of the film.
    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Bitzer, G. W.
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    Taping coils, Westinghouse works
    Variant title: Westinghouse works | Variant title from MAVIS: Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1 | Westinghouse works | Westinghouse works--Paper Print Collection. Compilation reel 1
    Numerous women stand at several rows of tables where they appear to be wrapping tape around some devices, presumably coils. Male supervisors walk down the aisles, observing the women's work.
    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Bitzer, G. W.
    • Date: 1904