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William McKinley: A Resource Guide

William McKinley, full-length portrait, seated at desk, facing right, June 7, 1898
William McKinley, full-length portrait, seated at desk, facing right,
June 7, 1898
1 photographic print.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:

Digital Collections

African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907

This collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries. It includes two pamphlets on the assassination of William McKinley.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

This collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress. It includes twelve conservation-related proclamations issued by President William McKinley.

Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

This collection presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher. The Douglass papers contain the full text of an 1888 speech on tariff legislation delivered by McKinley while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Inventing Entertainment: the Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies

The collections in the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division contain an extraordinary range of the surviving products of Edison's entertainment inventions and industries. This site features 341 motion pictures, including fifteen films related to McKinley's presidency and assassination.

Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

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 McKinley's funeral.

The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

The Songs of America presentation allows you to explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. The collection includes the following sheet music related to William McKinley.

Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history.

Among the collection’s McKinley-related materials are:

The 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, including an 1898 film of William McKinley in Camp Wikoff at Montauk Point, Long Island. In addition, the special presentation The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War contains biographical information on McKinley.

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear..." A Resource Guide

This collection contains approximately 400 items relating to presidential inaugurations, including McKinley's first inauguration in 1897 and his second inauguration in 1901.

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