The development of early American animation is represented by a new
American Memory collection entitled "Origins of American Animation,"
available on the Library of Congress web site.
The twenty-one films and two fragments include examples of clay,
puppet, and cut-out animation and span the years 1900 to 1921. The
films are available as MPEG, Quicktime, and videostreaming versions.
The films are accompanied by a piano score written by Philip Carli and
notes written by Scott Simmon.
Origins of Animation joins several other early motion picture
collections available at the Library of Congress's web site
( http://lcweb.loc.gov Click on "American Memory.") These include
films from the Edison Company, the Westinghouse Works in 1904, the
Spanish-American War, the American Variety Stage, and
turn-of-the-century New York and San Francisco.
For more information about these collections, contact Karen Lund.
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