America’s Library salutes America’s favorite pastime—and the opening season of the new Washington Nationals Park—with the launch of a new baseball-history resource page.
The Library’s rich, unique collections offer a first-hand look at the history of baseball in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the new Web resource highlights selected items that document the history of baseball in America and Americans’ fascination with the game. Baseball history unfolds in player profiles, photographs, personal accounts, newspaper accounts of historic games and events, official games guides, films and memorabilia—including baseball cards dating from 1887.
The multimedia Web site offers easy access to a sampling of visual images, including photographs of notable baseball figures and subjects. Included are selections of audio and video presentations, such as Webcasts of lectures, as well as unique sound artifacts. These resources are only a small portion of the 138 million items in the Library’s extensive holdings. Collection guides aid the researcher.