A student walked up to the Hale Library Help Desk and asked me if we have any documentaries or multimedia about the Philippine Insurrection (aka The Philippine Revolution.)
My first two recourses, our catalog and the History Channel, yielded nothing in the way of multimedia. (Books. Books we have.) My initial search of the Library of Congress's American Memory site didn't pull up anything for us, either.
I contacted Tim Watts, our history librarian, to ask if he could come out and work his military history mojo. Tim came out and quickly set to work with the patron. I noodled around Google and the Internet Archive, kind of wondering if this request was on par with a request for a photograph of dinosaurs. 1899/1900 were still early days in the film industry--although the History Channel and Discovery Channel and the like pull together documentaries to cover pre-still and moving photographic events all of the time. (Although there is apparently nothing like World War II footage to get the creative documentary juices flowing.)
Somehow, I ended up back at the American Memory site on a section about the Spanish-American War. I think it may have been a Google search, but don't hold me to it. Nonetheless, it yielded gold. Tucked under the heading The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures were these words,
This collection features 68 motion pictures produced between 1898 and 1901 of the Spanish-American War and the subsequent Philippine Revolution.
I clicked through to footage (motion pictures is far too grandiose of a word) of the Philippine Revolution. They are a clearly identified mix of "actualities" and "reenactments." There's no sound, so you'll need to hum along to yourself. Luckily, the clips are under a minute long, so you'll only need to know the first verse of your song. I suppose you could also make up dialog between a couple of soldiers swallowing dust because they're stuck at the back of a column of troops marching along a dirt road. The reenactments are pretty amusing, too.
Meanwhile, Tim's been helping the patron find other resources that may help him and the patron has left, leaving Tim his email address. Unfortunately, the address isn't working. So, if you know anyone who was recently searching for multimedia about the Philippine Insurrection, could you please direct him this way? Thanks a bunch!
Rockett, Fremont. Our boys in the Philippines: a pictorial history of the war. San Francisco: P.F. Rockett, 1899. http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/1898/philinsurge.html. Accessed January 30, 2008.