TITLE: Rare Revolutionary War-Era Map: David Rubenstein Gift
SPEAKER: Dr. James Billington, David Rubenstein
EVENT DATE: 2011/01/31
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 14 minutes
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David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group, has given the Library of Congress stewardship of the first map printed in North America, depicting the boundaries of the new American nation and showing the "Stars and Stripes" for the first time. Abel Buell's map "A New and Correct Map of the United States of North America Layd Down from the Latest Observations and Best Authorities Agreeable to the Peace of 1783" is the first to be copyrighted in the United States and was published only six months after the Treaty of Paris signing (Sept. 3, 1783) ended the Revolutionary War.
Speaker Biography: James Hadley Billington was sworn in as the Librarian of Congress on September 14, 1987. He is the 13th incumbent of that position since the Library was established in 1800. Under his leadership, the Library has expanded its public outreach, most notably in major international exhibits and through the establishment of a new National Digital Library and other electronic services for users in remote locations.
Speaker Biography: David M. Rubenstein is a co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing more than $97 billion from 27 offices around the world.