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Emancipation Proclamation Centennial motion picture film

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of a master film and soundtrack of the ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. commemorating the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. Also included is a memorandum about the contents and silent, black and white, 16mm film segment showing James E. Allen, Commissioner of Education, dedicating the Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation before a crowd in the rotunda of the State Education Department building.
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1.2 cu. ft. (5 tape reels)
Inclusive Dates:
[ca. 1959-1962
Series Number:
B0309

Scope and Content Note

A typed memorandum attached to two film containers indicates that this is the master film and soundtrack of the hour-long ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., on September 22, 1962, commemorating the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. During these ceremonies, the original draft of the proclamation in President Lincoln's hand, a document in the custody of New York State, was publicly displayed in Washington, D.C. for the first time. Both motion picture film and a separate audio soundtrack tape are included in the series. The film is 16mm black and white and was produced by the New York Civil War Centennial Commission.

B0309-95: This accretion is a 30-second, silent, black and white, 16mm film segment. It shows Dr. James E. Allen, Commissioner of Education, dedicating the Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation before a crowd in the rotunda of the State Education Department building in 1959 or 1960.

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