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Spanish-American War: Bibliography

The Spanish American War in Motion Pictures
American Memory, Library of Congress.

This site features 68 motion pictures of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Revolution produced by the Edison Manufacturing Company and the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company between 1898 and 1901. A Special Presentation puts the motion pictures in chronological order; brief essays provide a historical context for their filming. This site is indexed by subject and searchable by keyword, and includes a link to resources and documents pertaining to the war in the Library’s Hispanic Division.

A War in Perspective: Public Appeals, Memory, and the Spanish-American Conflict
Alfonso W. Quiroz, Curator, Professor of History, Baruch College and Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York.

Part of a series of exhibitions and programs at eight cultural and academic institutions in the metropolitan New York area, this exhibit was curated for the New York Public Library by Professor Alfonso W. Quiroz. Designed to commemorate the centenary of the Spanish-American War, the site explores the patriotic appeals in newspapers, pamphlets, popular literature, maps, music, political cartoons, images, and motion pictures. It traces the sources of these public campaigns and perceptions of the war in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Spain, and the United States, and how these campaigns contributed to popular sentiments about the conflict. The exhibit is divided into five parts; each section contains text and approximately five to ten images. There are also chronologies of the Spanish-Cuban-American War (1895–98), the Spanish-American War (1898), and the Philippine-American War (1899–1902). An exhibition checklist gives a list and 25-word descriptions of items in the exhibit. There is a bibliography of 26 scholarly works on the Spanish-American War as well as links to 13 other Web exhibits related to the war.

Spain, The United States, and the American Frontier: Historias Paralelas
Library of Congress

This collection of primary and secondary sources explores the history of Spanish expansion into North America from Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, across the modern-day American West, and north to Alaska. There are more than 200 primary sources, including numerous texts, 118 maps, manuscripts, and first-hand accounts, all written between 1492 and 1898. Some of the highlights include La Florida del Inca, an account of the Hernando de Soto expedition through Florida and the southeastern part of North America, along with the Notes of a Military Reconnaissance from Fort Leavenworth to San Diego, published in 1848 as a special report to the United States Congress. All documents are available in English and many of the documents are available in Spanish, as well. The collection is searchable by keyword and title and can be browsed.

Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920
American Memory, Library of Congress.

The Detroit Publishing Company was a mass producer of photographic images—especially color postcards, prints, and albums—for the American market from the late 1890s to 1924, the year it went into receivership. Although many images in this collection were taken in eastern locations, other areas of the U.S., the Americas, and Europe are represented. More than 300 photographs were taken in Cuba during the period of the Spanish-American War.

Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy, 1898-1914
Vincent Ferraro, Professor of International Politics, Mount Holyoke College.

Professor Ferrara compiled this list of primary source documents relating to American Foreign Policy. Documents include memoranda, speeches, journal articles, and meeting notes, among other things. The site provides no introduction, no index, and no background on the documents.

The World of 1898: The Spanish American War
Library of Congress

This Library of Congress collection includes essays, documents and resources (such as timelines) about the Spanish American War. It includes information about Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, Spain and the United States.

George Percival Scriven: An American in Bohol, The Philippines, 1899-1901
The Digital Scriptorium, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.

Presents the diary of officer George Percival Scriven (1854–1940), part of the U.S. Army’s occupation of Bohol—a Philippine island—from 1900 to 1902. “The journal was written partly as a personal memoir and partly as a draft of notes for a book that he was planning on writing.” A background essay of 6,000 words on the occupation and one of 350 words on Scriven furnish the context for this valuable document, which is accompanied by 25 photographs from four other Duke University collections.