The Library of Congress has recently published 10 calendars for 2001. Charles and Ray Eames: 2001 Desk Calendar; The Movies: Preserving America's Film Treasures; The Civil War; Edward S. Curtis: Portraits of Native Americans; Classical Music; Shakespeare's Realm; American Military Aircraft of World War II; David Roberts: Travels in Egypt and the Holy Land; and Women Who Dare feature the Library's unique and diverse collections.
Charles and Ray Eames: 2001 Desk Calendar, $16.95 (published in association with the Eames Office and Harry N. Abrams)
Based on the major Library exhibition and accompanying book, The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention, published by Harry N. Abrams in 1997, this calendar celebrates the creative output of these visionary 20th century designers known and loved for their classic modern furniture, architecture, films, toys, exhibitions and art. From the prize-winning chairs designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen for the 1940 "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" competition at the Museum of Modern Art to images from their 1977 film "Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero," nearly 40 years of their design genius is depicted throughout the calendar, and in a special fold-out time line.
The Movies: Preserving America's Film Treasures (desk), $13.95
America's rich motion-picture heritage is celebrated in this calendar, featuring films drawn from those selected by the Librarian of Congress for the National Film Registry. Each day of the year provides another fascinating fact about films, actors and creators of cinema. The calendar includes an introduction by film director Martin Scorcese, as well as still photos, frame enlargements and lobby cards from 53 movies, each with a full caption. From "The Great Train Robbery" (1903), which provided a blueprint for countless other Western films, to "Bladerunner" (1982), a futuristic film depicting Los Angeles in 2019, the calendar chronicles nearly a century of filmmaking.
The Civil War (wall), $13.95
This calendar draws on the Library's unparalleled Civil War collections for more than 40 images, notations of important daily events and excerpts from eyewitness accounts both Union and Confederate to provide a telling glimpse of a defining episode in U.S. history.
Edward S. Curtis: Portraits of Native Americans (wall), $12.95 (published in association with Pomegranate Communications, Inc.)
During his lifetime, Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) took more than 40,000 photographs for his 20-volume work, The North American Indian. Reproductions in this calendar are from first- generation Curtis photoprints and photogravure volumes in the Library's collections. Also included are descriptions of tribal culture and history and important events in Native American history, from Curtis's research supplemented by recent scholarship.
Classical Music (wall), $13.95
From Bellini to Copland, this calendar features a montage of more than 30 rare photographs and reproductions, select artifacts and memorabilia drawn from the Library's vast musical collections. These encompass manuscripts, books, periodicals and printed matter dating from the Middle Ages to the present. Notable quotations, birth dates and music-related facts are provided for each day of the year.
Shakespeare's Realm (wall), $13.95
The Library's collections provide a wide and revealing window on the dramatic and visual interpretation of Shakespeare's works from the 18th through 20th centuries in England, the United States, Germany, France and elsewhere. Engravings and color illustrations, cartoons, theatrical posters, set and costume designs and photographs demonstrate the extraordinary popularity of the great poet-playwright. The calendar pulls all these threads together, with a lively interweaving of images, quotes and historical context.
American Military Aircraft of World War II (wall), $13.95
This calendar pays tribute to the famous U.S. aircraft of World War II in 24 images, depicting planes from the B-17 and B-25 bombers to the remarkable P-51 fighter and the Grumman Hellcat. Historical notations in the calendar for significant air events track the course of World War II in the air.
David Roberts: Travels in Egypt and the Holy Land (wall), $13.95
Reproduced as lithographs in volumes published in the 1840s, artist David Roberts's images made his fortune and changed the way Europeans saw the Near East. Selected lithographs are reproduced in the book David Roberts: Travels in Egypt and the Holy Land and as illustrations for each month of the year in this large-format wall calendar.
Women Who Dare (wall), $13.95
In fields ranging from nuclear science to aeronautics, in activism or in astronomy, the 12 extraordinary women profiled in photographs and brief biographies in this calendar have made important contributions in areas traditionally dominated by men. Each day of the year notes the birthday of a daring woman or milestone in the history of female achievement.
Women Who Dare (desk), $13.95
This eighth edition of a calendar celebrating the lives, struggles, achievements and enterprise of women in a wide array of endeavors features 53 explorers, scientists, activists, artists, writers, designers and others who made unique contributions to the world. Daily notations of birth dates and other anniversaries important to women's history suggest a distinctive, and too often hidden, story of human inspiration.
The calendars were published in association with Pomegranate Communications Inc., unless otherwise noted. They are available from booksellers and from the Library of Congress Sales Shop (credit card orders: 202/707-0204).