American Memory:   Technical summary

The Last Days of a President:
Films of McKinley and the Buffalo World's Fair, 1901

President William McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Collection Overview

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 films were produced by the Edison Manufacturing Company from March to November 1901. The company, founded by inventor Thomas Alva Edison, operated from 1893 to 1917.
Source collection
Paper Prints Motion Picture Collection , Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division
LCCN for related videodisc: 95-513029 [Link to catalog record (z39.50 query) will not work when main cataloging system is not available.] .
Technical features
Silent motion picture footage originally shot at about 15 frames per second.
Original material formats
Number of original items
Status of collection
Available online.
Public access
The Library is not aware of any restrictions that inhibit public access to this collection. See notes on rights and restrictions provided by the Library to users of this collection.

Aids to intellectual access

Type & granularity
MARC bibliographic records. Each bib. record describes a single item.
Sample bibliographic display in American Memory.
Linking to digital reproductions
Bibliographic record contains identifier used in filenames for all versions and segments of movie. MPEG and QuickTime files for motion pictures longer than four minutes are divided into segments.

Digital reproductions

Total file-space for digital reproductions: 1.8 Gbytes

Motion Pictures Service file Service file Service file Inline thumbnail
(still image)
Marker Filename extension ".mpg" Filename extension ".mov" Filename extension ".avi" Filename ends "t"
Formats MPEG-1 QuickTime AVI GIF
Data rate ca. 1.2 Mbits/sec ca. 640 Kbits/sec ca. 1 Mbits/sec 8 bit
Image size 320x240 pixels 160x120 pixels 320x240 pixels 300x100 pixels
Frame rate 30 fps 10-15 fps 15 fps n/a
Color depth n/a 24 bits n/a 8 bits
Approx. file size range 7-30 Mbytes 2-14 Mbytes 5-70 Mbytes 90 Kbytes
Quantity 35 35 28 28
Sample Sample MPEG Sample QuickTime Sample AVI Sample thumbnail

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