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Film, Video Chicago-Michigan football game College football. 1904-11-12, Chicago Maroons at Michigan Wolverines--excerpts

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About this Item


  • Chicago-Michigan football game

Other Title

  • College football. 1904-11-12, Chicago Maroons at Michigan Wolverines--excerpts


  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc. 1904.


  • -  Fitzgerald, Keene,--1865-1944
  • -  University of Chicago--Football
  • -  University of Michigan--Football
  • -  Michigan Wolverines (Football team)
  • -  Chicago Maroons (Football team)
  • -  College sports


  • Filmed football games
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Title from The George Kleine Collection catalog. Variant title is cataloger-supplied.
  • -  Duration: 6:33 at 20 fps.
  • -  Excerpts of the1904 game between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the University of Chicago Maroons. Michigan was undefeated. Chicago's record was marred by a single tie. Michigan coach, Fielding Yost, had defeated Chicago coach, Amos Alonzo Stagg, in each of his first three years, starting a long and bitter rivalry. Michigan's "point-a-minute" team was led by All-American halfback Willie Heston; Chicago, by quarterback Walter Eckersall. Ferry Field was packed with 13,500 spectators. The film opens with Michigan on defense, and includes a Michigan kickoff and a run from scrimmage--possibly by Tom Hammond. The sideline footage shows close-ups of a number of Michigan players, including Walter "Octy" Graham and Adolf "Germany" Schulz, as well as a brief shot of football trainer and track coach, Keene Fitzpatrick. Closes with slow pan shots of the crowd, press box and bleachers.
  • -  Summary taken from "First U-M Football Team: Michigan vs. Chicago, 1904", UM, Bentley Historical Library WWW site.
  • -  Summary in The George Kleine Collection catalog gives the date of the film as 1903, however, the 1903 game was not played at UM's Ferry Field, which is clearly depicted. The University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library WWW site confirms that this is the 1904 Chicago-Michigan game.
  • -  According to the UM website, the game was filmed by B.G. Smith, superintendent of the film department of the American Kinetograph Co. of Orange, NJ, for exhibition in Detroit at the Temple theater; name of photographer cannot be confirmed.
  • -  Sources used: The George Kleine Collection...catalog, p. 18; University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library WWW site, U-M Athletics History site, viewed November 6, 2020 (1904 Football Team page; The Michigan Stadium Story, First U-M Football Film: Michigan vs. Chicago, 1904 page); Panoramic photos, Library of Congress (Ferry Field, Ann Arbor, Mich., Chicago - Michigan football game, Nov. 12, 1904, attendance 13,500).
  • -  Cameraman, B.G. Smith?
  • -  Appearing: Keene Fitzpatrick, Walter "Octy" Graham, Adolf "Germany" Schulz. Tom Hammond.
  • -  Filmed on November 12, 1904 at Ferry Field, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Collection purchased from Kleine estate March 27, 1947. 35 mm. nitrate film destroyed.
  • -  The George Kleine Collection of early motion pictures in the Library of Congress : a catalog / prepared by Rita Horwitz and Harriet Harrison with the assistance of Wendy White. Library of Congress, 1980.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (194 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (194 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (194 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • non-viewing pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (194 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 1422 (viewing print)
  • FAC 3594 (viewing print, copy 2)
  • FRA 3718 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRA 3719 (non-viewing pos pic)


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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • mp73006300

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Thomas A. Edison, Inc, and Kleine. Chicago-Michigan football game. United States: Thomas A. Edison, In, 1904. Video.

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Thomas A. Edison, I. & Kleine. (1904) Chicago-Michigan football game. United States: Thomas A. Edison, In. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Thomas A. Edison, Inc, and Kleine. Chicago-Michigan football game. United States: Thomas A. Edison, In, 1904. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.