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Film, Video Secretary Long and Captain Sigsbee

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  • Secretary Long and Captain Sigsbee


  • "Taken at Washington, in front of the Navy Department, and shows Secretary of the Navy Long and Captain Sigsbee of the ill-fated "Maine" coming down the steps. As they reach the bottom a waiting attaché approaches the Secretary and hands him a letter. In the meantime Capt. Sigsbee and his friend walk toward the immediate foreground, in earnest conversation. They are quickly joined by the Secretary and the attaché. Here they halt and apparently debate some important question. Additional action is lent to the scene by ladies and gentlemen descending the steps. The background is formed by the handsome building of the Navy Department. The figures are full life size, and are excellent portraits of the famous Captain and the Secretary. This picture excites the keenest interest whenever it is shown. 50 feet"--Edison films "war extra" catalog.


  • Paley, William Daly, 1857-1924, camera
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1898.


  • -  Long, John Davis,--1838-1915
  • -  Sigsbee, Charles D.--(Charles Dwight),--1845-1923
  • -  United States.--Navy Department
  • -  Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • -  Spanish-American War, 1898


  • Actualities (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  25335 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 21Apr1898; 25335.
  • -  Original main title lacking.
  • -  Duration: 0:35 at 20 fps.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 0340) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 419-420; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 291; Edison films "war extra" catalog, May 10, 1898, p. 4-5 [MI]; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 959-960.
  • -  Camera, William Paley.
  • -  Filmed in Washington, D.C., probably on April 13, 1898.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  paper pos (copy1) ; Received: 1898-04-21; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
  • -  Paper print roll lacking suffix.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (23 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (23 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 25 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 3354 (viewing print)
  • FRA 0660 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 3074 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0590 (paper pos)
  • Box 5412F (paper pos, copy 2)

Source Collection

  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)


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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 98500972

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Paley, William Daly, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Secretary Long and Captain Sigsbee. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1898. Video.

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Paley, W. D., Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1898) Secretary Long and Captain Sigsbee. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Paley, William Daly, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Secretary Long and Captain Sigsbee. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1898. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.