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: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 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
- Detroit Publishing Company
- 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.
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For help with general search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.