Film, Video Sham battle at the Pan-American Exposition
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- Sham battle at the Pan-American Exposition
- "On the closing day of the Pan-American Exposition, Saturday, November 2nd, 1901, a sham battle took place at the Stadium on the Pan-American Exhibition grounds, between the six tribes of American Indians and the United States Infantry stationed at Buffalo. The battle was most exciting and realistic, there being about 250 American Indians clad in their picturesque dress and fully decorated in their war paint. About half the Indians were mounted upon spirited horses. The attack was begun by the Infantry rushing the Indians who made a firm stand and succeeded in repulsing the soldiers. The scene is replete with charges and many hand to hand encounters. Most of the action took place close to our camera and the picture which we secured is excellent. The scene opens with a parade of the American Indians, which in itself is of great interest, the parade portion of the film consuming about 25 feet. 275 ft."--Edison films catalog, no. 135.
- Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
- Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
- United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1901.
- - Pan-American Exposition--(1901 :--Buffalo, N.Y.)
- - Exhibitions--New York (State)--Buffalo
- - Amusements--New York (State)--Buffalo
- - Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876
- - United States.--Army.--Infantry Regiment, 14th
- - Indians of North America
- Actualities (Motion pictures)
- Historical reenactments (Motion pictures)
- Silent films
- Short films
- Nonfiction films
- - H10816 U.S. Copyright Office
- - Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Nov1901; H10816.
- - Duration: 1:03 (part 1) and 3:56 (part 2) at 15 fps.
- - Photographed November 2, 1901. Location: Buffalo, New York.
- - The Library of Congress copy of this film may not include all of the scenes described in the Edison Company summary.
- - According to contemporaneous newspapers, the sham battle staged on the last day of the Exposition was a recreation of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The participants were members of the U.S. 14th Infantry, stationed at Fort Porter, in Buffalo, and members of the Pan-American Exposition's Indian Congress.
- - Paper print shelf number (LC 2189) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
- - Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
- - Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 294; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 967; Edison films catalog, no. 135, September, 1902, p. 23; Chicago daily tribune, November 3, 1901, p. 2, viewed April 28, 2020 via ProQuest Historical Newspapers; Reynoldsville (Pennsylvania) star, October 30, 1901, p. 5 viewed April 28, 2020 via NewspaperArchive.
- - Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
- - paper pos, copy 1 Received: 1901-11-25; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
- - 35 mm viewing print renumbered: FEB 9624 to FYA 1167.
- - Paper print roll lacking suffix.
- viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (128 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
- viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 275 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (128 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
- dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 275 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- dupe neg pic (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 275 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 130 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
- master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 275 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- master pos pic (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 275 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 275 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
- paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 275 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
- FLA 5203 (viewing print)
- FYA 1167 (viewing print)
- FRA 2161 (dupe neg pic)
- FPE 5210 (dupe neg pic)
- FPE 5211 (dupe neg pic, copy 2)
- FRB 1046 (master pos pic)
- FPE 5519 (master pos pic)
- FPE 5520 (master pos pic, copy 2)
- Box 0575 (paper pos)
- Box 5545D (paper pos, copy 2)
- Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
- Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Library of Congress Control Number
Additional Metadata Formats
- Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901 (36)
- America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894 to 1915 (158)
- Inventing Entertainment: The Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies (431)
- Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (1,504)
- Library of Congress Online Catalog (1,366,900)
- Actualities (Motion Pictures)
- Buffalo, N.Y.)
- Historical Reenactments (Motion Pictures)
- Indians of North America
- Infantry Regiment, 14th
- Little Bighorn, Battle of The, Mont.
- New York (State)
- Nonfiction Films
- Pan-American Exposition
- Short Films
- Silent Films
- United States
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