"The Library of Congress is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, which registers more than 600,000 creative works each year, " said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "By surveying items acquired through the copyright deposit system, these students are participating in the Library's multiyear celebration of American creativity."
Working closely with Library staff and curators in the Copyright Office; Manuscript Division; Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division; Music Division; and Prints and Photographs Division, 21 college students from across the nation processed portions of the Library's nonbook collections that came through the copyright registration process and identified a number of rare or unique items.
The quest revealed a 1954 home movie of Marilyn Monroe playing golf; the text of a 1913 lecture by blind educator Anne Sullivan titled "The Education of Helen Keller"; a previously undocumented playscript for Charlie Chaplin's 1925 film, "The Gold Rush"; one of only nine operettas ("Desiree," 1882) written by John Philip Sousa, who was best known for his marches; and a 1929 Kellogg's Corn Flakes advertisement, which exemplifies the Library's collection of some 50,000 popular applied graphic arts.