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Film, Video Sampson-Schley controversy. [Parts 1-2] Sampson and Schley controversy

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  • Sampson-Schley controversy. [Parts 1-2]

Other Title

  • Sampson and Schley controversy


  • "This subject is in three scenes, showing beautiful dissolving effects. Scene 1 shows Admiral Schley upon the bridge of the Brooklyn commanding the American Fleet in Santiago Harbor. The Spanish fleet is seen to emerge from Santiago Harbor. Simultaneously ships and forts open fire on the American fleet. Scene 2. The Man Behind the Gun. The gun crews are seen manipulating a 13-inch gun repeatedly with terror to Cervera's fleet; one of Cervera's fleet is seen to sink directly from the results of the Brooklyn's firing. A shell is seen to burst among the crew, wounding one of its members. Scene 3. The Man Behind the Teacup shows Admiral Sampson the centre of attraction of a group of old maids at an afternoon tea party. 200 ft."--Edison films catalog.


  • Porter, Edwin S., camera
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1901.


  • -  Schley, Winfield Scott,--1839-1911--Drama
  • -  Sampson, William Thomas,--1840-1902--Drama
  • -  Santiago, Battle of, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, 1898--Drama
  • -  Spanish-American War, 1898--Drama
  • -  Naval battles--Cuba--Drama


  • Satirical films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  H7674 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Based on a political cartoon in the New York journal and advertiser, July 24, 1901.
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 15Aug1901; H7674.
  • -  Camera, Edwin S. Porter.
  • -  Duration: 2:32 at 16 fps.
  • -  Filmed in August 1901.
  • -  Summary is for the entire three-part Edison film entitled "Sampson-Schley controversy".
  • -  Scenes one and two were produced and copyrighted in August 1901 as "Sampson-Schley controversy", (c) H7674, described in this record. Scene three was added to the film in September 1901 and copyrighted separately as "Sampson and Schley controversy--tea party", (c) H8753. See lccn 98501161.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1843) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Before the nickelodeon, p. 180-184; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 285-286; Edison films catalog, no. 135, Sept. 1902, p. 26 [MI]; New York journal and advertiser, July 24, 1901, p. 16; American Film Institute catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 939.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
  • -  35 mm dupe neg pic renumbered: FPE 9355 to FZA 2798.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (68 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (68 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 70 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4857 (viewing print)
  • FEC 3007 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1865 (dupe neg pic)
  • FZA 2798 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 0802 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0079B (paper pos)
  • Box 5089D (paper pos, copy 2)

Source Collection

  • Sampson-Schley controversy.


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694297

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Porter, Edwin S., Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. Sampson-Schley controversy. Parts 1-2. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1901. Video.

APA citation style:

Porter, E. S., Thomas A. Edison, I., Paper Print Collection & Niver. (1901) Sampson-Schley controversy. Parts 1-2. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Porter, Edwin S., Camera, et al. Sampson-Schley controversy. Parts 1-2. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1901. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.