American Memory: Technical summary
The Life of a City:
Early Films of New York, 1898-1906
Actuality motion pictures from the Paper Print Collection of the Library
of Congress, dating from 1898 to 1906. Scenes include the New York
harbor and waterfront, parades on main streets, skyscraper and subway
construction, and footage of horsedrawn carriages and early motor cars.
Twenty-five titles were made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph
Company, while the remaining twenty are Edison Company productions.
- Source collection
Paper Prints Motion Picture Collection
, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division
LCCN for related videodisc:
[Link to catalog record (z39.50 query)
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- 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 as of November 1997.
- 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.
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.
Total file-space for digital reproductions: 1.8
||Filename extension ".mpg"
||Filename extension ".mov"
||Filename extension ".avi"
||Filename ends "t"|
||ca. 1.2 Mbits/sec
||ca. 640 Kbits/sec
||ca. 1 Mbits/sec
|Approx. file size range
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