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  • Uncle Tom's cabin, or, Slavery days

Other Title

  • Slavery days


  • "On a plantation, about ten miles from the Ohio River, Kentucky: George Shelby, owner of the plantation and a large number of slaves, owing to business difficulties, is forced to sell some of his slaves to a trader named Haley. Among Shelby's slaves is a faithful old negro called Uncle Tom, to whom Haley takes a fancy, thinking he can get a large purse for him at auction in the New Orleans market. After a great deal of persuasion Haley induces Shelby to part with him. Length 1,100 ft."--Edison films catalog.


  • Porter, Edwin S., production, camera
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Thomas A. Edison, 1903.


  • 1st. Eliza pleads with Uncle Tom to run away. -- 2d. Tavern. Phineas outwits the slave traders. -- 3d. The escape of Eliza. -- 4th. Rocky Pass. Reunion of Eliza and George Harris. -- 5th. Race between the Rob't E. Lee and Natchez. -- 6th. The rescue of Eva. -- 7th. Welcome home to St. Clair, Eva, Aunt Ophelia and UncleTom. -- 8th. Tom and Eva in the garden. -- 9th. Death of Eva. -- 10th. Bar-room. St. Clair defends Uncle Tom. -- 11th. Auction sale of St. Clair's slaves. -- 12th. Cotton Picking. Tom refuses to flog Emal'ine. -- 13th. Marks avenges the death of St. Clair and Uncle Tom. -- 14th. Tableau. Death of Uncle Tom.


  • -  Uncle Tom--(Fictitious character)--Drama
  • -  Slavery--United States--Drama
  • -  Slaveholders--Southern States--Drama
  • -  Slave trade--United States--Drama


  • Melodramas (Motion pictures)
  • Social problem films
  • Short films
  • Silent films
  • Fiction films


  • -  H34001 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 30July1903; H34001.
  • -  Cameraman, Edwin S. Porter.
  • -  Photographed on July 27, 1903 in the Edison studio, New York, N.Y.
  • -  Titles of segments taken from Edison films catalog. Film was viewed to correct order of titles, spelling errors, and other discrepancies.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2834) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 344; Musser, C. Before the nickelodeon, p. 242-245; American Film Institute catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 1122; Edison films catalog, no. 185, October, 1903, p. 5; Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912.
  • -  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: FEB 1665-1666 to FGF 3016; previously renumbered: FLA 5952-5953 to FEB 1665-1666.
  • -  35 mm dupe neg pic renumbered: FPE 3641 to FQC 5830.


  • 1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 14 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (507 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (1,252 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (507 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (1,252 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 1,100 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 2 rolls of 2 (ca. 1,100 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5913 (viewing print)
  • FGF 3016 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2869 (dupe neg pic)
  • FQC 5830 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0379A (paper pos)
  • Box 5326A, Box 5327A (paper pos, copy 2)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 88709151

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Stowe, Harriet Beecher, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Uncle Tom's cabin, or, Slavery days. produceds by Porter, Edwin S.Uction, Camera United States: Thomas A. Edison, 1903. Video.

APA citation style:

Stowe, H. B., Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1903) Uncle Tom's cabin, or, Slavery days. Porter, E. S. U., prod United States: Thomas A. Edison. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Stowe, Harriet Beecher, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Uncle Tom's cabin, or, Slavery days. prod by Porter, Edwin S.Uction, Camera United States: Thomas A. Edison, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.