The forty-three films in The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906, represent the earliest period of film production in the United States. The collection features "actuality" films which capture everyday life scenes from the turn-of-the-century. This group of motion pictures highlights the growing metropolis of New York City at the dawn of the twentieth century.
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These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.
- Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
- Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
Related Collections and Exhibits
- American Life Histories, 1936-1940
- California As I Saw It: First Person Narratives, 1849-1900
- Last Days of a President: McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901
- Taking the Long View, 1851-1991
- Touring Turn-of-the-Century America, 1880-1920
- Votes for Women, 1848-1921
- "Votes for Women" Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920
Recommended additional sources of information.
- America at the Turn of the Century: A Look at the Historical Context
- New York City at the Turn of the Century
Specific guidance for searching this collection
All of the films in the collection have a bibliographic record. Along with other information, each bibliographic record includes a comprehensive summary prepared by the Edison Company describing the footage in the film. You may want to review these summaries before accessing a film, since the large file sizes may cause a lengthy download time.
For help with search words, go to the Around the World in the 1890s Subject Index.
For help with general search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.