The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War (Hispanic Division, Library of Congress)
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Some American Memory presentations have items that relate to the Spanish-American War:
  • African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907
    351 rare pamphlets offering insight into attitudes and ideas of African Americans between Reconstruction and the First World War.
  • American Life Histories:Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
    Typescript interviews from the Federal Writers' Folklore Project offering the recollections of Americans from many walks of life.
  • The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
    Multiformat collection of selected materials from the popular stage and allied arts. Photographs and memorabilia of Houdini; English playscripts; Yiddish playscripts; a selection of playbills and program books; motion pictures; and sound recordings.
    One particular play from the English playscripts deals directly with Cuba and the Spanish-American War: A brave coward : vaudeville sketch in one act / by Bennet Woodley Musson.
  • Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies
    Prolific inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) has had a profound impact on mo dern 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 renow ned inventor, but also a prominent manufacturer and businessman through the merchandising of his inventions. The co llections in the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division contain an extraordinar y range of the surviving products of Edison's entertainment inventions and industries. This site features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles.
  • By Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s
    When Jackie Robinson took the field as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1947, he became the first African American to play major league baseball in the twentieth century. Materials that tell his story, and the history of baseball in general, are located throughout the Library of Congress. There is a high quality photo of baseball players who went down on the U.S.S. Maine exists in this exhibit commemorating the U.S. "national pasttime."
  • Poet At Work: Recovered Notebooks from the Thomas Biggs Harned Walt Whitman Collection
    Offers access to four Walt Whitman notebooks and cardboard butterfly that disappeared from the Library of Congress in 1942. They were returned on February 24, 1995.
  • Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Perspectives
    This collection portrays the early history of Puerto Rico through first-person accounts, political writings, and histories drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections. Among the topics it highlights are the land and its resources, relations with Spain, the competition among political parties, reform efforts, and recollections by veterans of the Spanish-American War.
  • Theodore 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. This presentation features 104 films which record events in Roosevelt's life from the Spanish-American War in 1898 to his death in 1919. The majority of films (87) are from the Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection, while the remainder are from the Paper Print Collection. Besides containing scenes of Roosevelt, these films include views of world figures, politicians, monarchs, and friends and family members of Roosevelt who influenced his life and the era in which he lived.
  • 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. The Spanish-American War was the first U.S. war in which the motion picture camera played a role. These films were made by the Edison Manufacturing Company and the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company and consist of actualities filmed in the U.S., Cuba, and the Philippines, showing troops, ships, notable figures, and parades, as well as reenactments of battles and other war-time events.
    The Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division houses an impressive collection of motion pictures related to the Spanish-American War. A number of these films have been digitized for this presentation.
  • Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991.
    The Panoramic Photograph Collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. These panoramas offer an overview of the nation, its enterprises and its interests, with a focus on the start of the 20th century when the panoramic photo format was at the height of its popularity. Subject strengths include: agricultural life; beauty contests; disasters; engineering work such as bridges, canals and dams; fairs and expositions; military and naval activities, especially during World War I; the oil industry; schools and college campuses, sports, and transportation.
  • Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920
    Collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints of turn-of-the-century America.

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