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The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures, 1898

The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures


Collection Overview

Actuality motion pictures and recreations showing preparations for the war of 1898, troops departing for the war, battle scenes (recreations), and various parades and celebrations following the war, including parades for Admiral George Dewey, the hero of Manila Bay. Also, one drama about a soldier going to war and returning home.
Source collection
Paper Prints Motion Picture Collection , Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division
Technical features
Silent motion picture footage originally shot at about 15 frames per second.
Original material formats
Number of original items
53 (initial release), 15 (second release)
Status of collection
Initial release online in February 1998.
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.
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: 3.5 Gbytes (est.)

Motion Pictures Service file Service file Inline thumbnail
(still image)
Marker Filename extension ".mpg" Filename extension ".mov" Filename ends "t"
Formats MPEG-1 QuickTime GIF
Data rate ca. 1.2 Mbits/sec ca. 640 Kbits/sec 8 bit
Image size 320x240 pixels 160x120 pixels 300x100 pixels
Frame rate 30 fps 10-15 fps n/a
Color depth n/a 24 bits 8 bits
Approx. file size range 5-35 Mbytes 3-18 Mbytes 90 Kbytes
Quantity ~70 ~70 68
Sample Sample MPEG Sample QuickTime Sample thumbnail

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