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The Last Days of a President:
Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

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Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress

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The twenty-eight films of this collection are 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.
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President McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition

America at the Turn of the Century

Paper Print Film Collection

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Selected Bibliography: McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition

Selected Bibliography: Early Motion Pictures

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