Film, Video Execution of Czolgosz, with panorama of Auburn Prison

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Title
Execution of Czolgosz, with panorama of Auburn Prison
Summary
The film begins by showing railroad cars in the foreground with the overshadowing walls of a state prison in the background. The second camera position, from a higher elevation, pans slowly showing the yard interior of the prison and some of the large buildings. There is a dissolve from the exterior to the interior, a set of a stone wall with an iron barred door. Uniformed men are visible; they open the door and remove a man in civilian clothes. The camera then dissolves to another set in which there is a chair with wires attached. The man in civilian clothes is brought in and strapped to the chair. At the end of the film, two of the six witnesses examine him with stethoscopes.
"A detailed reproduction of the execution of the assassin of President McKinley faithfully carried out from the description of an eye witness. The picture is in three scenes. First: Panoramic view of Auburn Prison taken the morning of the electrocution. The picture then dissolves into the corridor of murderer's row. The keepers are seen taking Czolgosz from his cell to the death chamber, and shows State Electrician, Wardens and Doctors making final test of the chair. Czolgosz is then brought in by the guard and is quickly strapped into the chair. The current is turned on at a signal from the Warden, and the assassin heaves heavily as though the straps would break. He drops prone after the current is turned off. The doctors examine the body and report to the Warden that he is dead, and he in turn officially announces the death to the witness. 200 ft."--Edison films catalog.
Contributor Names
Porter, Edwin S., camera.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1901.
Subject Headings
-  Czolgosz, Leon F.,--1873?-1901--Death and burial
-  Executions and executioners--New York (State)--Auburn
-  Electrocution--New York (State)--Auburn
-  Assassins--United States--Death
-  Auburn Prison
Genre
Historical reenactments (Motion pictures)
Silent films
Short films
Nonfiction films
Notes
-  H10605 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 9Nov1901; H10605.
-  Duration: 3:24 at 15 fps.
-  Camera: Edwin S. Porter.
-  Viewing print and dupe neg pic (16 mm.) have titles added during restoration.
-  Paper print shelf number (LC 1595) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
-  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
-  LC also holds material for this title in the Kleine (George) Collection.
-  Location: Studio, New York City; Auburn, New York, probably in 1901.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 94; George Kleine Collection...catalog, p. 36; Edison films catalog, no. 135, Sept., 1902, p. 91.
-  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
-  35 mm viewing print renumbered: FEC 1122 to FYA 1435.
Medium
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (84 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (196 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (84 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (196 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 200 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 200 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
FLA 4609 (viewing print)
FYA 1435 (viewing print)
FRA 1638 (dupe neg pic)
FPF 6436 (dupe neg pic)
Box 0110A (paper pos)
Box 5020D (paper pos, copy 2)
Repository
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/lcmp001.m1b38298
Library of Congress Control Number
00694362
Online Format
image
video
Description
The film begins by showing railroad cars in the foreground with the overshadowing walls of a state prison in the background. The second camera position, from a higher elevation, pans slowly showing the yard interior of the prison and some of the large buildings. There is a dissolve from the exterior to the interior, a set of a stone wall with an iron barred door. Uniformed men are visible; they open the door and remove a man in civilian clothes. The camera then dissolves to another set in which there is a chair with wires attached. The man in civilian clothes is brought in and strapped to the chair. At the end of the film, two of the six witnesses examine him with stethoscopes. "A detailed reproduction of the execution of the assassin of President McKinley faithfully carried out from the description of an eye witness. The picture is in three scenes. First: Panoramic view of Auburn Prison taken the morning of the electrocution. The picture then dissolves into the corridor of murderer's row. The keepers are seen taking Czolgosz from his cell to the death chamber, and shows State Electrician, Wardens and Doctors making final test of the chair. Czolgosz is then brought in by the guard and is quickly strapped into the chair. The current is turned on at a signal from the Warden, and the assassin heaves heavily as though the straps would break. He drops prone after the current is turned off. The doctors examine the body and report to the Warden that he is dead, and he in turn officially announces the death to the witness. 200 ft."--Edison films catalog.
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Porter, Edwin S., Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Execution of Czolgosz, with panorama of Auburn Prison. United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc, 1901. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/00694362/.

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Porter, E. S., Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1901) Execution of Czolgosz, with panorama of Auburn Prison. United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694362/.

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Porter, Edwin S., Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Execution of Czolgosz, with panorama of Auburn Prison. United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc, 1901. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/00694362/>.