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Film, Video President McKinley's funeral, 1901. [No. 1] President McKinley's funeral, 1901 [1]

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  • President McKinley's funeral, 1901. [No. 1]

Other Title

  • President McKinley's funeral, 1901 [1]


  • Three sequences of the funeral ceremonies held for President William McKinley: Sequence 1: McKinley's body lay in state in the Rotunda of the Capitol, Washington, D.C. on Sept. 17, 1901; views of officers on horseback, the Artillery Band (wearing dark headdresses), a squadron of cavalry, a battalion of artillery and coast artillery, Marine Band (wearing white helmets), battalion of Marines, civilians carrying umbrellas (may be the diplomatic corps), other civilians, guard of honor, pallbearers, and the horsedrawn hearse all turning the corner off what may be Pennsylvania Avenue on their way to the Capitol; camera pans the hearse, as a procession of carriages turns the corner.
  • Sequence 2: McKinley's body first lay in state for public viewing in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sept. 15-16; views of carriages, the horsedrawn hearse, and marchers stopping in front of the Buffalo City Hall; medium close shots of the casket being unloaded from hearse and carried up stairs of City Hall; crowds of mourners lining up to view the body as group of soldiers enters City Hall; camera pans crowd gathered outside as mourners enter and leave City Hall. Unrelated sequence of Washington ceremonies follows; camera pans from different angles of crowds gathered at the east front of the Capitol.
  • Sequence 3: McKinley's body was conveyed to its final resting place at Canton, Ohio on Sept. 18-19; views of mounted military units, marching civilians, carriages, and the horsedrawn hearse turning and entering what is probably Westlawn Cemetery where McKinley is buried; military units marching down a street as gathered crowds watch; final pans of mourners, crowds, and soldiers outside the McKinley home in Canton.


  • Roosevelt Memorial Association, former owner.
  • Biograph Company, former owner.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • [United States : s.n., 1901]


  • -  McKinley, William,--1843-1901--Death and burial
  • -  Presidents--United States
  • -  Funeral rites and ceremonies--Washington (D.C.)
  • -  Funeral rites and ceremonies--New York (State)--Buffalo
  • -  Funeral rites and ceremonies--Ohio--Canton
  • -  City and County Hall (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • -  West Lawn Cemetery (Canton, Ohio)
  • -  United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)


  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Duration: 4:44 (part 1), 4:06 (part 2), and 4:21 (part 3) at 16 fps.
  • -  May be an American Mutoscope and Biograph Company production.
  • -  Film sequence does not follow order of actual events.
  • -  Film is dark and slightly out of frame.
  • -  Photographed September 15-16, 1901 in Buffalo, New York, September 17, 1901 in Washington, D.C., and September 18-19, 1901 in Canton, Ohio.
  • -  May have originally been part of a newsreel.
  • -  Roosevelt Memorial Association inventory number RMA 306-03.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Sources used: [Davis, Oscar K. and Mumford, John K.] The life of William McKinley. 1901, p. 111-128; The Canton Repository. Pictorial life of William McKinley. 1943, p. 26-28; The New York herald, 9/17/1901, p. 4-5; Prints & Photographs Division presidential file; Prints & Photographs Division stereo file; Theodore Roosevelt Association...catalog, p. 56-57.
  • -  Collection transferred to LC from National Park Service in 1967. Previous owners: Roosevelt Memorial Association, Biograph Company.
  • -  The Theodore Roosevelt Association film collection : a catalog / prepared by Wendy White-Henson and Veronica M. Gillespie. Library of Congress, 1986.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 278 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • non-viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 278 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FAB 0756 (viewing print)
  • FRA 5811 (non-viewing print)


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

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • mp76000323

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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The following films are made available here with permission from the Theodore Roosevelt Association, P.O. Box 719, Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771 (Internet address:

The Story of the Panama Canal [1]
T. R.'s Return from Africa, 1910 [2]
A Visit to Theodore Roosevelt at His Home at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, L.I., 1912
Roosevelt, Friend of the Birds [1]
The Roosevelt Dam [1]
The River of Doubt [2].

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Roosevelt Memorial Association, Former Owner, Former Owner Biograph Company, and Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. President McKinley's funeral, . No. 1. [United States: s.n, 1901] Video.

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Roosevelt Memorial Association, F. O., Biograph Company, F. O. & Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. (1901) President McKinley's funeral, . No. 1. [United States: s.n] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Roosevelt Memorial Association, Former Owner, Former Owner Biograph Company, and Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection. President McKinley's funeral, . No. 1. [United States: s.n, 1901] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.