Digital Moving Image Collections
hundred early motion pictures are viewable on the Library's
Digital Collections web page. These collections are profiled
below. Information about ordering broadcast quality digital copies of these films can be found on the Obtaining Copies of Moving Images webpage.
at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915
school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to
1915 are featured in this presentation of 150 motion pictures,
88 of which are digitized for the first time (62 are also available
in other American Memory presentations). Highlights include films
of the United States Postal Service from 1903, cattle breeding,
fire fighters, ice manufacturing, logging, calisthenic and gymnastic
exercises in schools, amusement parks, boxing, expositions, football,
parades, swimming, and other sporting events.
Prolific inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) has had a profound
impact on modern life. In his lifetime, the "Wizard of Menlo
Park" patented 1,093 inventions, including the phonograph,
the kinetograph (a motion picture camera), and the kinetoscope
(a motion picture viewer). Edison managed to become not only a
renowned inventor, but also a prominent manufacturer and businessman
through the merchandising of his inventions.
Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular
entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920.
Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146
theater playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings
and 143 photographs and 29 memorabilia items documenting the life
and career of Harry Houdini. Groups of theater posters and additional
sound recordings will be added to this anthology in the future.
in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982
The Buckaroos in Paradise Collection presents documentation of
a Nevada cattle-ranching community, with a focus on the family-run
Ninety-Six Ranch. The documentation was largely the work of the
Paradise Valley Folklife Project (1978-1982), a research initiative
conducted by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906
This collection contains forty-five films of New York dating from
1898 to 1906 from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of
Congress. Of these, twenty-five were made by the American Mutoscope
and Biograph Company, while the remaining twenty are Edison Company
and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of
San Francisco, 1897-1916
This collection consists of twenty-six films of San Francisco
from before and after the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1897-1916.
Seventeen of the films depict San Francisco and its environs before
the 1906 disaster.
an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904
The Westinghouse Works Collection contains 21 actuality films
showing various views of Westinghouse companies. Most prominently
featured are the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, the Westinghouse
Electric and Manufacturing Company, and the Westinghouse Machine
Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American
The twenty-eight films of this collection are actuality motion
pictures from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress.
They include footage of President William McKinley at his second
inauguration; of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York;
of President McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition; and of President
of American Animation
The development of early American animation is represented by
this collection of 21 animated films and 2 fragments, which spans
the years 1900 to 1921. The films include clay, puppet, and cut-out
animation, as well as pen drawings. They point to a connection
between newspaper comic strips and early animated films, as represented
by Keeping Up With the Joneses, Krazy Kat, and The Katzenjammer
and Thrift: the Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929
Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy,
1921-1929 assembles a wide array of Library of Congress source
materials from the 1920s that document the widespread prosperity
of the Coolidge years, the nation's transition to a mass consumer
economy, and the role of government in this transition.
Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures
This presentation features 68 motion pictures produced between
1898 and 1901 of the Spanish-American War and the subsequent Philippine
Revolution. The Spanish-American War was the first U.S. war in
which the motion picture camera played a role.
Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film
Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to have his career
and life chronicled on a large scale by motion picture companies
(even though his predecessors, Grover Cleveland and William McKinley,
were the first to be filmed). This presentation features 104 films
which record events in Roosevelt's life from the Spanish-American
War in 1898 to his death in 1919; 8 of these films have previously
appeared in other American Memory presentations