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Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Works: 705 works in 758 publications in 1 language and 2,465 library holdings
Genres: Nonfiction films  Short films  Documentary films  History  Actualities (Motion pictures)  Silent films  Military history  Sources  Archives  Biography 
Classifications: E168, 973.9
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Most widely held works by Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Scenes in San Francisco, [no. 1]( Visual )

4 editions published in 1906 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The following is a scene-by-scene description of the first film: [Frame: 0100] The camera, positioned at the southwest corner of Mission and 5th streets, makes a hurried and jerky pan from the east side of 5th Street eastward to the south side of Mission Street. At the start of the pan, the ruined Lincoln School building is seen, with the dark profile of the Flood Building behind it on Market Street. The camera pans right on a long row of windows in the ruined west wall of the Emporium department store [0130]. The tent in the foreground is probably a temporary "office" of the business formerly on the site. The pan continues further right and looks northeast down Mission Street. [0338] The Rialto Building stands in the distance. The camera pans farther right, to another tent and a sign -- "Safes opened 105 5th Street" [0420]. Many safes fused shut in the heat of the fire and others had to be cooled for weeks before being opened. [0441] The camera is at the southwest corner of 4th and Market streets, looking northeast across Market Street in afternoon light. The Mutual Savings Bank (two blank walls) is in the background at Geary/Kearny and Market streets. The street traffic is part of the afternoon commute down Market Street to the Ferry Building. [0485] Note the heavily-laden wagon (perhaps containing a family's possessions) and the Sanitary Laundry Company wagon. [1638] The camera captures a traffic jam on Market Street. The view is probably north, across Market Street just east of California Street, in the afternoon. The laying of streetcar tracks along this section of Market Street may be the cause of the bottleneck. [1835] The view is northwest, near the southwest corner of East and Market streets, just west of the Ferry Building. A heavily-laden streetcar approaches the Ferry Building. [1908] Note the beggar on crutches. [2075] In the hazy background are Nob Hill and the south slope of Russian Hill (right). [2135] The view is approximately the same as the previous segment, with a streetcar beginning its run up Market Street. [2814] Note the sailor patrolling with fixed bayonet. In the hazy distance unburnt dwellings on the summit of Russian Hill are visible. Nob Hill is in the distance, with the rectangular silhouette of the Fairmont Hotel. [3000] In this very brief scene the camera focuses on workers removing debris. The view is east on Mission Street between 4th and 3rd streets, just east of St. Patrick's Church, part of which is visible at left. [3075] The camera pans to show the demolition of the facade of St. Patrick's Church. The camera is southwest of the church on Mission Street between 4th and 3rd streets. After a brief view of ruins along Market Street, the camera pans right (eastward) past two men near a fire engine [3270], to the church facade being demolished [3957]. Of particular interest is the cameraman seen in the foreground filming the action. He is photographing the film titled San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, April 18, 1906
President McKinley's funeral cortege at Washington, D.C.( Visual )

1 edition published in 1901 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The photographer covered the subject, the funeral cortege of President McKinley, from many different positions along the line of march. The people shown are those who preceded the hearse and those who followed after it. First come the walking military (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard) [end of part 2], and then ranking military dignitaries who immediately precede the hearse. Following the escorted hearse are the two closed carriages, containing the President's immediate family. After the carriages, are more mourners on foot, representing various countries. There is some film taken from one of the wings of the Capitol overlooking the courtyard of that building
Charleston chain-gang( Visual )

1 edition published in 1902 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apparently, the film was photographed from a compound bordered by high walls and buildings. At a distance of fifty yards in the direction that the camera is pointed a column of men can be seen walking backwards and holding a chain under their arms. All the men are dressed the same. Two men carrying shotguns gesture to indicate the chain gang should move. They walk toward camera position, continuing until the last man in the column passes the camera
25th Infantry( Visual )

1 edition published in 1900 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gen. Frederick D. Grant and Gen. A.S. Burt [commander of the 25th Infantry Regiment] returning from Mt. Ariat [sic], at the head of the famous 25th Infantry, colored"--Biograph picture catalogue
Boat race( Visual )

1 edition published in 1904 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two standard U.S. Navy eight-oar pulling boats, each commanded by a coxswain at the steering position in the stern, are seen abeam of one another. At a signal, both pulling boats begin moving and it can be seen that the camera was positioned on a vessel following the two competing pulling boats. The camera stays with the two boats until their destination is disclosed as a navy battle cruiser at anchor. The cruiser, unidentified, is flying an American flag. The film ends as the two pulling boats come abeam of the cruiser Indiana with their oars in the "boat oar" position
America at work, America at leisure : motion pictures from 1894-1915( Visual )

in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of motion pictures covering work, school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915. Features 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
Theodore Roosevelt : his life and times on film( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Derived from the Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection and the Paper Print Collection of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division at the Library of Congress, presents 104 films that document the events in Theodore Roosevelt's life from the Spanish-American War in 1898 to his death in 1919. Features selected bibliography, timeline, film chronology, and four sound recordings of Roosevelt stating his progressive political views
The last days of a president : films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901( Visual )

in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents twenty-eight films from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress. Produced by the Edison Manufacturing Company from March to November 1901, these actuality motion pictures feature footage of President William McKinley at his second inauguration; the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York; McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition; and McKinley's funeral. Links to a section of The Learning Page covering the subjects of United States history, critical thinking, and arts and humanities as they relate to the collection
Early motion pictures of world's fairs & expositions( Visual )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These films are from the Paper Print Collection at the Library of Congress. The films represent views of three major fairs and expositions of the early film era: The Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris, the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 in Buffalo, and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 in St. Louis. Also included are two early films from Luna Park at Coney Island and a reenactment of the Boer War shot in 1905 at Brighton Beach in Brooklyn
Governor Roosevelt and staff( Visual )

1 edition published in 1899 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Biograph picture catalogue: 65 feet. Taken during the land parade in honor of Admiral Dewey, just before the turn into 72nd Street, with Grant's tomb and decorated residences in the background. This entire series of pictures [of the Dewey land parade] has a very high photographic quality, and the various organizations appear at their best
Cripple Creek bar-room scene( Visual )

1 edition published in 1899 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shows tap room of the "Miners Arms," stout lady at the bar, and three men playing stud horse. Old toper with a silk hat asleep by the stove. Rough miner enters, bar maid serves him with Red Eye Whiskey and he proceeds to clean out the place. Barmaid takes a hand with a siphon of vichy, and bounces the intruder, with the help of the card players, who line up before the bar and take copious drinks on the house. 45 feet"--Edison films catalog
President Roosevelt and the Rough Riders( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Biograph picture catalogue: 29 feet. This picture shows Col. Roosevelt, accompanied by Lieut. Greenway and other prominent officers of the Rough Riders, galloping up to his headquarters, where he dismounts and walks into his tent. This view was taken in the camp with the Rough Riders, and is an excellent picture of Col. Roosevelt in the environment he loves so well
McKinley and party( Visual )

1 edition published in 1898 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This picture has been very popular wherever it has been shown on the Biograph. To begin with, the film is unusually fine photographically, and the picture is taken from a point of view which shows the immense distances of Camp Wikoff with its multitude of tents in the background. The President, with Vice-President Hobart and Secretary of War Russell A. Alger, appear in an open carriage escorted by a large number of officers, notable among whom are Gen. Wheeler, Gen. Gates, and Col. John Jacob Astor. This picture is brought to a rather humorous ending by the efforts of a newspaper photographer to get Col. Astor to pose for a picture. He is unsuccessful, and as the gallant colonel gallops away, the photographer's chagrin is apparent"--Biograph picture catalogue
The life of a city : early films of New York, 1898-1906( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Derived from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress, presents forty-five films of New York that were made during the period from 1898 to 1906 by the Edison Company and the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. Features selected bibliographies on New York and early motion pictures. Includes historical information about turn-of-the-century New York City and the United States
Early motion pictures, 1897-1916( )

in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of early motion pictures derived primarily from the Paper Print Film Collection of the Library of Congress to form part of American Memory's digitized historical collections for the National Digital Library Program. Features four groupings of actuality films including twenty-one films showing various views of Westinghouse companies from 1904; twenty-six films of San Francisco before and after the great earthquake and fire; twenty-eight of President William McKinley from 1901; and forty-five of New York City from 1897 to 1916. Includes topic search feature, historical overview of America at the turn-of-the-century, and selected bibliography
Capture of Boer battery( Visual )

4 editions published in 1900 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From New York clipper: By the Gordon Highlanders. In the foreground are two Creusot guns, manned by the Dutch burghers. Smoke effects are due. The Highlanders are seen in the distance, approaching rapidly, easily distinguished by their kilts and bare legs. They sweep all before them, leaving the guns smoking and deserted as they pursue the flying Boers
Rip Van Winkle( Visual )

4 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of eight short scenes reenacted from a popular stage adaptation of the story about Rip Van Winkle, a good-hearted, but somewhat disreputable man who drinks too much, neglects his farm and family, fights with his wife, and falls victim to money-losing schemes. One day, to escape the reprimands of his angry wife, Rip goes off into the Catskill Mountains where he encounters the ghosts of Henrick Hudson and his crew of dwarves. They are bowling and drinking, and they offer Rip a glass. Their mysterious brew has a strange effect on him and he passes out. When he wakes, he is astonished to find that 20 years have passed. He is an old man. His wife is dead, his children are grown, and he has even slept through the American Revolution. In this scene, Rip encounters a dwarf carrying a large keg
Admiral Cigarette( Visual )

1 edition published in 1897 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In front of a large backdrop with the words "Admiral Cigarette" are four people in costume: Uncle Sam, a clergyman, an Indian, and a businessman. To their left is a very large Admiral Cigarette box, that breaks apart to reveals a girl, attired in a striking costume, smoking a cigarette. She goes to the men and hands each a cigarette. As she moves back towards her box, scattering cigarettes as she walks, the men unfold a banner that says "We all smoke."
Mabel and Fatty viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco, Cal.( Visual )

2 editions published in 1915 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unfinished Van Ness Avenue facade is seen, facing west. [0386 (part 3)] Mayor Rolph descends the unfinished west steps of City Hall with Mabel and Fatty. Fatty fakes a fall, and Mayor Rolph points out architectural features to an enraptured Mabel. Note the forms for interior plaster work at the top of the steps. Popular Mayor James "Sunny Jim" Rolph (1869-1934) was mayor from 1911 to 1930. His somewhat corrupt administration built many of San Francisco's fine post-earthquake civic buildings. [1665 (part 3)] At Fatty's suggestion, the Mayor writes on his calling card as Mabel admires City Hall. [2167 (part 3)] The calling card reads, around his printed name, "11/4/15 Permitting Mr. Arbuckle and Miss Normand to take pictures anywhere in San Francisco. James Rolph, Mayor." The written date fixes the date of this sequence of the film. [3085 (part 3)] The camera is located northwest of Broadway and Scott streets (near today's Normandie Terrace), probably on an open slope above Vallejo Street in Pacific Heights. The camera pans to the right, from northwest to northeast, over most of the Fair. [3318 (part 3)] The Palace of Education and Economy is at left, the Palace of Liberal Arts is at right, and the entrance to the Court of Palms is between the two buildings. [3579 (part 3)] The camera provides a view down Scott Street to the main entrance and the Tower of Jewels. [3669 (part 3)] The Palace of Manufacturers is at left, the Palace of Varied Industries is at right, and the entrance to the Court of Flowers is between the two buildings. The Organ Tower is visible at the center. [4033 (part 3)] The large dome of Festival Hall is seen at the center. [4115 (part 3)] Built in India in 1790, the "Success" became a prison hulk in Port Philip Bay near Melbourne, Australia. In the 1880s it was fitted up as a tourist attraction at Hobart, Tasmania. When displayed at Sydney, the irate citizens sank it at the dock, offended by this reminder of their convict ancestors. Although not part of the fair, the Success was docked at Pier 14, south of the Ferry Building, during the fair. The ship was scuttled in the Atlantic around 1931. [4264 (part 3)] The camera, located on Pier 16, looking north, pans left from bow to midships. [5463 (part 3)] The captain and crew are seen at the rail. [0980 (part 4)] The captain walks with Mabel and Fatty westward from the bow to stern along the starboard deck. They begin near the bow where Fatty "winds" the windlass and continues on to the flogging frame. [1685 (part 4)] The captain demonstrates the prisoner's position on the frame. A framed cat o' nine tails hangs adjacent. [2672 (part 4)] Intertitle: "The ringed stone, weighing 2000 pounds." [3435 (part 4)] As they examine the stone, visitors climb out of the hold at right, surprised to see movie stars and cameraman. Pier 16 is in the background. [0346 (part 5)] As the captain explains the chains to Mabel, Fatty tries a little weightlifting. Climbing to the poopdeck, they examine the iron maiden. The camera looks northeast, toward the bow and distant Goat (now Yerba Buena) Island. [1120 (part 5)] Mabel climbs inside and jokes with Fatty. Bored, Fatty leans on the cover, "spiking" Mabel. She slaps him and walks off with the captain. Fatty kisses the iron maiden on the lips, wipes off the kiss, and strolls on. [3265 (part 5)] The Tower of Jewels, seen from near Broadway and Scott Street in Pacific Heights, was 435 feet tall. It was designed by Carriere and Hastings of New York. Cut glass jewels of several colors were mounted along cornices of the tower and glittered in the sunshine. Many of the stones still exist in private collections. [3636 (part 5)] The popularity of electric light -- only 25 years old at this time -- was expressed by great displays such as this nightly spectacle at the fair. The view is north from near Broadway and Scott Street. Concealed lighting illuminates most of the buildings. The Scintillator, a row of searchlights along the outer pier of the Yacht Harbor, creates a multicolored fan of light at left background. Bursts of fireworks are seen in the sky [4019 (part 5)], blown east (right) by sea breezes from the Golden Gate. [4850 (part 5)] This night view was taken from the north summit of Russian Hill, southeast of Lombard and Larkin streets (now Sterling Park). We look slightly north of west across the Zone, the 40-concession amusement wing of the fair. The Tower of Jewels and the Scintillator are seen in the distance. The Aeroscope, a 285 foot crane on a rotating base, is seen carrying visitors on a ride. At right is the illuminated mosque-like entrance of a concession originally called Somali Land, then the Mysterious Orient, and finally the Streets of Cairo! [5910 (part 5)] The camera looks east from a building at the northwest corner of East and Market streets in fading light. The "1915" sign on the 235-foot tower was in place only during the fair. The California state flag flies at its base. The clock, with a 23-foot dial, reads 7:40 pm. With increasing darkness, the 1915 sign and decorative lighting become prominent. The racing clock hands show that this section is a twelve-minute time exposure from 7:46 to 7:58. Clouds moving north suggest that a winter storm is approaching
Wrestling at the New York Athletic Club( Visual )

1 edition published in 1905 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Several teams of wrestlers in action were photographed from a single-camera position on the set of the gymnasium of the New York Athletic Club
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