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    Panoramic view of Electric Tower from a balloon /

    The title indicates that this film was taken from a balloon. However, there is no aerial photography. Instead it is an up and down or elevation of the camera on the then-famous Electric Tower built for the Exposition at Buffalo, New York. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE ELECTRIC TOWER FROM A BALLOON. Unhabile [code for telegraphic orders]. Here ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    Simeon Wright oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Chicago, Illinois, 2011-05-23.

    Simeon Wright discusses his cousin, Emmett Till, and his attempts to correct the historical record concerning Till's murder. He recalls Till's visit to his home in Mississippi, going to Bryant's store, and the night that Till was kidnapped. He remembers the trial, moving to Chicago, and how the murder and publicity affected his family.

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Wright, Simeon
    • Date: 2011-05-23

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    Funeral of Hiram Cronk /

    The film shows a city thoroughfare lined with crowds of people watching a military parade. The first group to come into view is a marching band [Frame: 0120], then a large formation of soldiers in the uniform of Rough Riders [0720]. Following them is a hearse drawn by four black horses, escorted by veterans of the Civil War [2742], and horse-drawn open carriages. The ...

    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
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    W.S.S. Thriftettes /

    A promotion for war savings stamps, reputed here to help confine Germany's Kaiser to a circus cage.

    • Contributor: Felton, Paul M. - Felton Art Studio - Bdf Films (Firm) - Miscellaneous Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
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    Aaron Dixon oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Seattle, Washington, 2013-05-11.

    Aaron Dixon describes his childhood in the Midwest and in Seattle and how he became a leader in the Black Panther Party, helping to found the Seattle chapter of the Party. Dixon describes in detail his family history and the influence of oral tradition on his racial consciousness. He discusses the role of the Black Student Union at the University of Washington and details ...

    • Contributor: Bishop, John Melville - Cline, David P. - Dixon, Aaron Floyd
    • Date: 2013-05-11

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  • Film, Video

    Sarah Bernhardt addresses crowd in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 1917 /

    On July 4, 1917, French actress Sarah Bernhardt speaks in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, N.Y., on behalf of French-American cooperation in the war effort. Addressing more than 50,000 people gathered around a decorated music platform, Mme. Bernhardt stands and speaks from an open touring car parked in front of the platform. Medium close shot of Mme. Bernhardt speaking and gesturing, with man who may be ...

    • Contributor: Bernhardt, Sarah - Marot, Felix - Ormsby, Elizabeth - Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1917
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    Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet

    Russell Frank defines newslore as folklore that comments on, and is therefore indecipherable without knowledge of, current events. Newslore takes multiple forms: jokes; urban legends; digitally altered photographs; mock news stories, press releases or interoffice memoranda; parodies of songs, poems, political and commercial advertisements and movie previews and posters; still or animated cartoons and short live-action films. Such material, he argues in his new ...

    • Contributor: Frank, Russell
    • Date: 2011-08-10
  • Film, Video

    Seminary girls /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A most amusing and life-like scene, in which a number of young ladies clad in their night robes, are seen engaged in a midnight frolic. From Edison films catalog: A number of young ladies, in their night robes, are having a frolic, and are interrupted by a teacher. One girl makes herself very conspicuous by crawling under a bed. ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
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    Amos C. Brown oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in San Francisco, California, 2013-03-02.

    Reverend Dr. Amos Brown discusses his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi and meeting Medgar Evers, who quickly became his mentor. Brown was a leader in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as a teenager, leading the Jackson chapter and then the whole state Youth Council and traveling with Mr. Evers across the country to attend a national conference. He was asked ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Cline, David P. - Brown, Amos C. (Amos Cleophilus)
    • Date: 2013-03-02

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    Work & Transformation: Panels 5, 6 & 7

    This symposium featured presentations by the 2010 recipients of the American Folklife Center's Archie Green Fellowships on their research and documentation of the culture and traditions of American workers in New York, Idaho, and Louisiana. Panels also included representatives of community-based documentation projects supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services concerning the role of America's libraries and museums as vibrant centers for ...

    • Contributor: Barr, Christina L. - Boone, Mary L. - Bulger, Peggy A. - Chute, Mary L. - Cohn, D'Vera - Correa, Jennifer - D'Abate, Richard - Deloach, Lynda - Dewhurst, C. Kurt - Greenhouse, Steven - Groen, Jeffrey A. - Iyengar, Sunil - Loughran, Maureen - McCarl, Robert - Popovich, Mark G. - Ray, Joyce M. - Rogers, Nancy E. - Rothstein, Donna S. (Donna Suzann) - Semmel, Marsha L. - Spitzer, Nicholas R. - Tabb, Derrick - Taft, Michael - Taylor, David Alan - Winick, Stephen D. - Wunder, Steve R. - Zeitlin, Steven J. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Institute of Museum and Library Services (U.S.) - Archie Green Fund for Labor Culture & History
    • Date: 2010-12-07
  • Film, Video

    Scott Bates oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Sewanee, Tennessee, 2013-06-20.

    Professor Scott Bates describes his career as an educator and civil rights supporter in Sewanee, Tennessee. He discusses his memories of race relations on U.S. Army bases during World War II, and he describes how he moved from the Midwest to Sewanee, Tennessee to become a college instructor of French. Once in Sewanee, Bates soon learned about the Highlander Folk School, where he attended ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Cline, David P. - Bates, Scott
    • Date: 2013-06-20

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    Annie Oakley /

    From Raff & Gammon price list: The "Little Sure Shot" of the "Wild West," exhibition of rifle shooting at glass balls, etc. $15.00.

    • Contributor: Oakley, Annie - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
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    Arabian gun twirler

    A bearded man performs a rifle twirling act on a stage with a painted backdrop of a city street corner. He wears a white turban and a dark two-piece costume of tunic and baggy pants that narrow at the knees; perhaps the costume of an Arab infantryman. The tricks he performs include throwing the spinning rifle in the air and catching it; twirling the ...

    • Contributor: Cheriff, Hadji - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
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    Panorama of esplanade by night /

    The first objects visible in this film, which was taken at night, are the glowing light globes that outline the buildings closest to the camera position. The camera slowly pans, encompassing the complete area of the exhibit buildings, and the outlines of all the buildings are clearly discernible. Edwin S. Porter maintained that this was the first motion picture taken at night by incandescent ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    AWOL, all wrong old Laddiebuck /

    From J. McIntire, Silent animated films at the Library of Congress: Concerns American soldiers in Europe after the armstice [sic]. One goes AWOL with "Joy" (Miss AWOL) and after a series of mishaps with her, he is thrown in a guard house while his fellow soldiers go home. From Origin of American animation 1900-1921 notes: A cautionary tale for troops impatient to return home ...

    • Contributor: Bowers, Charles R. - American Motion Picture Corporation - Afi/Rhode Island Historical Society Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
  • Film, Video

    Courtland Cox oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Washington, D.C., 2011-07-08.

    Courtland Cox recalls growing up in Trinidad and New York City, and attending Howard University. He remembers organizing student protests in Washington, D. C., with the Nonviolent Action Group, which later merged with other groups to become the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He also discusses the March on Washington, the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, changes in SNCC, and attending the Sixth ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Cox, Courtland
    • Date: 2011-07-08

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    Cowboy Poet Paul Zarzyski and Cowboy Singer-Composer Wylie Gustafson From Montana

    Poet Paul Zarzyski and singer-composer Wylie Gustafson perform at Coolidge Auditorium as part of the Homegrown Concert Series.

    • Date: 2009-10-07
  • Film, Video

    William G. Anderson oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Detroit, Michigan, 2011-07-26.

    William Anderson recalls growing up in Americus, Georgia, serving in the navy during World War II, and his friendships with Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ralph Abernathy. He remembers opening his osteopath practice in Albany, Georgia, becoming a leader of the Albany Movement, and supporting protesters from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He discusses his several arrests with King and Abernathy, appearing on ...

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Anderson, William G.
    • Date: 2011-07-26

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    Ernest Adolphus Finney oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Columbia, South Carolina, 2011-06-08.

    Ernest Finney recalls his father's teaching career and attending law school at South Carolina State College. He remembers defending the "Friendship Nine," a group of college students who protested segregation in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He discusses joining the South Carolina Human Rights Commission, serving as a state representative, and his election to the State Supreme Court.

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Mosnier, Joseph - Finney, Ernest A. (Ernest Adolphus)
    • Date: 2011-06-08

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  • Film, Video

    Edison kinetoscopic record of a sneeze, January 7, 1894 /

    Film made for publicity purposes, as a series of still photographs to accompany an article in Harper's weekly.

    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie) - Ott, Frederic P. - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
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    The 78 Project: Documenting Historic Sound in the Contemporary World

    Since August 2011, Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright have been traveling across the United States, recording contemporary musicians on a 1930s Presto disc recorder, and filming their journey for an ongoing web series and a recently completed feature film. During this event they screened the film, "The 78 Project Movie," answered questions about the project and their experiences, and demonstrated their process as ...

    • Contributor: Wright, Lavinia Jones - Steyermark, Alex - Slaveya (Musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2014-09-05
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    Laborlore Keynote Address

    Nick Spitzer presents a talk titled "In Katrina's Wake: The Building Trades in New Orleans." This presentation focuses on the historical and contemporary relationships of skilled building trades workers in New Orleans to the musical and visual culture of their place. Interviews with veteran workers in the local music and work communities point to the resilience and creative spirit of New Orleans communities as ...

    • Contributor: Spitzer, Nick - Alvarez, Maribel L - Ardery, Julia S. - Cannon, Hal - Dickens, Hazel - Eff, Elaine - Fleischhauer, Carl - Glaser-Church, Susan - Johnson, Paula J. - Lane, James "Petey," - Lewis, Anne - McCarl, Robert - McNeil, Bryan T. - Munoz, Michael S. - Purkey, Elaine - Roediger, David R. - Seeger, Mike - Spitzer, Nicholas R. - Wilson, Joe - Archie Green Fund for Labor Culture & History - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2007-08-16
  • Film, Video

    Catching an early train /

    From Edison films catalog: Surburbanite [sic] is seen in bed chamber, discovers he has overslept himself, jumps out of bed, shirt, trousers, shoes, collar, tie, coat, vest, hat, cane, cigar and satchel arise from the floor and adjust themselves to him. Makes a hasty exit. Scene dissolves to a R.R. Station, showing surburbanite running to catch the rear end of a moving train. Class ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    A rube couple at a county fair /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene I--Driving into the Grounds. Scene II--Machinery department. Scene III--Getting weighed. Scene IV--On the Pike. Scene V--Looking at the big pumpkins. Scene VI--Cattle parade. Scene VII--Trotting race, with female jockeys. Scene VIII-- Hurdle jumping, female riders. Scene IX--High school horse. Scene X--Slide for life. 540 Ft. $81.00.

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    Louise Broadway oral history interview conducted by Will Griffin in Albany, Georgia, 2013-03-09.

    Louise Willingham Broadway shares her experiences of segregated education in Baker County, Georgia, and she discusses the lessons that her parents taught her when she was a child. Broadway describes her experiences as a mother sending her daughter to an all-white school. She also describes her involvement in the Baker County Movement, especially her work for a doctor who treated Freedom Riders.

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Griffin, Willie James - Broadway, Louise W.
    • Date: 2013-03-09

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