Aaron Copland Collection, ca. 1900-1990
This multi-format collection includes approximately 400,000
items documenting the multifaceted life of the extraordinary
Aaron Copland--composer, performer, teacher, writer, conductor,
commentator, and administrator.
Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of
Congress consist of approximately 20,000 documents which
include incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures,
drafts of speeches, and notes and printed material.
American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray
This collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review
of African-American history and culture, spanning almost
100 years from the early 19th through the early 20th centuries,
with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and
the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews
Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
This collection contains 12 hours of opinions recorded
following the bombing of Pearl Harbor from over 200 individuals
across the United States. Browse the collection by geographic
location to locate interviews from Buffalo
Graham Bell Family Papers at the Library of Congress
This collection consist of correspondence, scientific
notebooks, journals, blueprints, articles, and photographs
documenting Bell's invention of the telephone and his involvement
in the first telephone company, his family life, his interest
in the education of the deaf, and his aeronautical and other
The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
This collection documents the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) both through writings by and about Lincoln as well as a large body of publications concerning the issues of the times including slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and related topics. Search the collection on New York to locate to locate 300 items pertaining to New York.
at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894 to 1915
Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States
from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of motion
Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets
This collection spans the period from the turn of the
nineteenth century to the 1880s, although a majority of
the song sheets were published during the height of the
craze, from the 1850s to the 1870s.
American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca.
A collection of over 200 hundred social dance manuals
at the Library of Congress published from about 1490 to
1929. Many of the manuals also provide historical information
on theatrical dance.
The American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870 to 2006
This presentation features selected documents from the American Colony in Jerusalem Collection. The full collection in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress represents well over 10,000 items stemming from the history of the American Colony, a non-denominational utopian Christian community founded by a small group of American expatriates in Ottoman Palestine in 1881. The collection contains more than ten items pertaining to New York.
American English Dialect Recordings: The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection
This collection contains 118 hours of recordings documenting North American English dialects. The recordings include speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches. Browse the collection by location to locate twenty-three recordings from New York.
American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 to 1940
These life histories were written by staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936-1940. Included in the collection are 419 titles of mostly first-person accounts of life in New York during the Great Depression.
Notes: Travels in America, 1750 to 1920
This collection comprises 253 published narratives by
Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels
in the colonies and the United States and their observations
and opinions about American peoples, places, and society
from about 1750 to 1920.
Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed
This collection comprises 28,000 primary source items
dating from the 17th century to the present and encompassing
key events and eras in American history. Browse the geographic
location of printing to locate more than 1,500 items
printed in New
American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment,
This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms
of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived
from 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language
playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion
pictures, 10 sound recordings, 143 photographs, and 29 memorabilia
items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini.
This collection presents 2,100 early baseball cards dating
from 1887 to 1914. Browse the collection by cities to locate baseball players in Brooklyn,
York, and Rochester.
Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights,
This online presentation introduces a multi-faceted man
and a variety of complex issues, topics, and events that
risk oversimplification in any short retelling. Also included
is a sampler of thirty four images related to early baseball
(1860s-1920s) from various files and collections in the
Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake
Bay Region, 1600 to 1925
This collection comprises 139 books on Washington, D.C.
and the Chesapeake Bay region including first-person narratives,
early histories, historical biographies, promotional brochures,
and books of photographs that capture in words and pictures
a distinctive region as it developed between the onset of
European settlement and the first quarter of the twentieth
Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional
Documents and Debates, 1774-1875
This collection consists of a linked set of published
congressional records of the United States of America from
the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.
The Library's daguerreotype collection consists of approximately
600 photographs dating from 1839 to 1864. Portrait daguerreotypes
produced by the Mathew Brady studio make up the major portion
of the collection.
This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing
Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives
and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph
prints, mostly of the eastern United States. The collection contains more than 4,000 images of New
from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention,
1774 to 1789
This collection include extracts of the journals of Congress,
resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties,
and early printed versions of the United
States Constitution and the Declaration
of Independence. The collection contains more than eighty items related to New
Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
This collection documents the historical formation and
cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect
America's natural heritage, through books, pamphlets, government
documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion
picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library
Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives
The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of
War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary
photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government
photographers, the images show Americans in every part of
the nation. The collection contains more than 5,000
black-and-white photographs of New York.
Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs
Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs that depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The collection contains more than twenty color photographs of New York.
American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820
This collection assembles rare books, pamphlets, newspapers,
maps, prints, and manuscripts collected by Reuben T. Durrett
and by the Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky.
Durrett founded the society in 1884 and it named after John
Filson, author of The Discovery, Settlement and Present
State of Kentucke (1784), a promotional tract recognized
as the first history of the state. Browse the subject
index to locate five items pertaining to New
Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress
The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress
presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American
abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his
own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer,
writer, and publisher.
Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection,
This collection consists of 397 pamphlets, published from
1824 through 1909, by African-American authors and others
who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation,
Reconstruction, and related topics. The materials range
from personal accounts and public orations to organizational
reports and legislative speeches.
Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799
This collection consists of approximately 65,000 items
(176,000 pages). Correspondence, letterbooks, commonplace
books, diaries and journals, reports, notes, financial account
books, and military papers accumulated by George Washington
from 1741 through 1799 are organized into nine series.
This collection is comprised of over 29,000 photographs
primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors
and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic
buildings, and other structures concentrated chiefly in
the northeastern United States. The collection contains more than 15,000 images of New York.
Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library of Congress
The Arendt papers contain correspondence, articles, lectures,
speeches, book manuscripts, transcripts of Adolf Eichmann's
trial proceedings, notes, and printed matter pertaining
to Arendt's writings and academic career.
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the
Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections
document achievements in architecture, engineering, and
design in the United States through a comprehensive range
of building types and engineering technologies. Browse the
collection by geographic location to locate items for New York.
Bridge, Spanning East River between Park Row, Manhatten
and Sands Street, Brooklyn, New York, New York County,
of Liberty, Liberty Island, Manhattan, New York, New York
This collection documents the architecture and social
life of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in the 1920s,
1930s, and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of commercial,
residential, and government buildings, as well as street
scenes and views of neighborhoods. The collection contains more than seventy images of New York.
Entertainment: the Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings
of the Edison Companies
This site features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound
recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs
and original magazine articles.
James Madison Papers, 1723 to 1859
The James Madison Papers from the Manuscript Division at
the Library of Congress document the life of the man who
came to be known as the "Father of the Constitution"
through correspondence, personal notes, drafts of letters
and legislation, an autobiography, legal and financial documents,
and miscellaneous manuscripts.
Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American
The twenty-eight films of this collection include footage
of President William McKinley at his second inauguration,
of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, of
President McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition, and of
President McKinley's funeral.
This collection contains more than 400,000 items, including
music and literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs,
audio and video recordings, fan mail, and other types of
materials that extensively document Bernstein's extraordinary
life and career.
Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898 to 1906
This collection contains forty-five
films of New York City dating from 1898 to 1906 from
the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress.
The Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress
holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections
represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted
to digital form. The collection is organized according to
seven major categories: Cities
and Towns, Conservation
and Environment, Cultural
and Exploration, General
Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation
and Communication. Browse the geographic
location index to locate more than 400 maps of New York.
NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911
These scrapbooks document the activities of the Geneva
Political Equality Club, which the Millers founded in 1897,
as well as efforts at the state, national, and international
levels to win the vote for women. Browse the subject
index to locate items pertaining to New York.
Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures, 1914 to 1919
New York Journal and Related Titles, 1896 to 1899
This collection displays the variety and diversity of
Sunday pictorial sections published in two prominent U.S.
newspapers: the New York Times and New York
Tribune. It also includes a book, The
War of the Nations: Portfolio in Rotogravure Etchings,
with illustrations selected from the New York Times
"Mid-Week Pictorials." Browse the collection by
and title to locate pictorial sections fron the
New York Times and the New York Tribune.
The collection consists of The Journal (1896-01-01 to 1896-07-18) and subsequent titles, New York Journal (1896-07-16 to 1897-04-01) and New York Journal and Advertiser (1897-04-02 to 1899-12-31). The New York Journal is an example of "Yellow Journalism," where the newspapers competed for readers through bold headlines, illustrations, and activist journalism.
This collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring
American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. The collection contains more than 400 images of New York.
the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin,
This collection portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota,
and Wisconsin from the seventeenth to the early twentieth
centuries through first-person accounts, biographies, promotional
literature, local histories, ethnographic, antiquarian,
and colonial archival documents, and other texts drawn from
the Library of Congress' General Collections and the Rare
Books & Special Collections Division.
Posters: WPA Posters
This collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically
diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part
of the New Deal.
and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929
This collection assembles a wide array of Library of Congress
source materials from the 1920s that document the widespread
prosperity of the Coolidge years, the nation's transition
to a mass consumer economy, and the role of government in
and Quiltmaking in America, 1978 to 1996
This collection represents a wide range of quiltmaking
techniques, from highly traditional to innovative. The quilts
pictured exhibit excellent design and technical skill in
a variety of styles and materials.
11, 2001, Documentary Project
The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project captures the
heartfelt reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions
of Americans and others in the months that followed the
terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon,
and United Airlines Flight 93. Browse the subject
index to locate more than forty items related to New
and the Courts, 1740-1860
This collection contains just over 100 pamphlets and books
published between 1772 and 1889 concerning the difficult
and troubling experiences of African and African-American
slaves in the American colonies and the United States.
Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures
Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606 to 1827
This collection contains motion pictures of the Spanish-American
War and the subsequent Philippine Revolution produced between
1898 and 1901.
The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of
Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents ranging
in date from 1606 to 1827. Correspondence, memoranda, notes,
and drafts of documents make up two-thirds of the Papers.
Van Vechten Collection
This collectioin consists of 1,395 photographs taken by
American photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) between
1932 and 1964. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait
photographs of celebrities, including many figures from
the Harlem Renaissance. Browse the subject
index under United States--New York (State)--New York
to locate twenty images of New
for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage
Association Collection, 1848-1921
This collection consists of 167 books, pamphlets, and
other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign.
Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress
This collection documents the lives of Wilbur and Orville
Wright and highlights their pioneering work which led to
the world's first powered, controlled and sustained flight.
Included in the collection are correspondence, diaries and
notebooks, scrapbooks, drawings, printed matter, and other
documents, as well as the Wrights' collection of glass-plate
P. Gottlieb Collection
This collection contains more than 1,600 photographs of
celebrated jazz artists and documents the jazz scene from
1938 to 1948 in New York City and Washington, D.C. The collection
contains more than a 1,000 images pertaining to New York.
of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's
The photographs in this collection document the National
Woman's Party's push for ratification of the 19th Amendment
as well as its later campaign for passage of the Equal Rights
Amendment. Browse the location
index to locate more than sixty images for New
Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song: Correspondence,
1940 to 1950
This collection highlights letters between Woody Guthrie
and staff of the Archive of American Folk Song (now the
Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center) at the
Library of Congress. The letters were written primarily
in the early 1940s, shortly after Guthrie had moved to New
York City and met the Archive's assistant in charge, Alan
Lomax. Browse the subject
index to locate four letters sent from New
and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating
the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years
Included are the papers of presidents, cabinet
ministers, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices,
military officers, diplomats, reformers and political activists,
artists and writers, scientists and inventors, and other
prominent Americans whose lives reflect our country's evolution.
in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting
The collection presents 470 interview excerpts
and 3,882 photographs from the Working in Paterson Folklife
Project of the American
Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The collection contains more than forty items pertaining to New York.