Digital Collections

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    10th-16th Century Liturgical Chants The acquisition of medieval liturgical chant manuscripts that trace the history of music notation as it evolved over half a millennium, became a major collection priority in the Music Division beginning in the 1920s. One century later, we are fortunate to feature in this digital presentation over fifty of our chant manuscripts (e.g., antiphonaries, graduals, processionals, etc.) containing music intended for use during the...

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    A.P. Schmidt Company archives, 1869-1958 Arthur Paul Schmidt (1846-1921) was a German-born music publisher who pioneered the development and dissemination of American music. The A.P. Schmidt Company Archives documents his firm's publishing activities in Boston, Leipzig and New York, beginning with his tenure, through his successors, and until the firm was absorbed by Summy-Birchard in 1960. The Archive consists of the original manuscripts from which the music was printed,...

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    Aaron Copland Collection The first release of the online collection contains approximately 1,000 items that yield a total of about 5,000 images. These items date from 1899 to 1981, with most from the 1920s through the 1950s, and were selected from Copland's music sketches, correspondence, writings, and photographs.
    • Contributor: Kraft, Victor - Copland, Aaron
    • Date: 1841

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    Abdul Hamid II Collection This collection contains 1,819 photographs in 51 large-format albums date from about 1880 to 1893. They portray the Ottoman Empire during the reign of one of its last sultans, Abdul-Hamid II and highlight the modernization of numerous aspects of the Ottoman Empire. Most of the places depicted are within the boundaries of modern-day Turkey, but buildings and sites in Iraq, Lebanon, Greece and other...
    • Contributor: Abdülhamid II - Sebah & Joaillier - Abdullah Frères
    • Date: 1880

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    Abdul-Hamid II Collection of Books and Serials Gifted to the Library of Congress In 1884 Sultan Abdul-Hamid II gifted the Library of Congress with a collection of Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Arabic works that he had richly embossed with this inscription in English, French and Ottoman: "Gift made by H.I. M. the Sultan Abdul-Hamid II to the national library of the United States of America through the Honorable A.S. Hewitt Member of the House of Representatives A.H. 1302-1884...

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    Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress The papers of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), lawyer, representative from Illinois, and sixteenth president of the United States, contain approximately 40,550 documents dating from 1774 to 1948, although most of the collection spans from the 1850s through Lincoln’s presidency (1861-1865). Roughly half of the collection, more than 20,000 documents, comprising 62,000 images, as well as transcriptions of approximately 10,000 documents, is online. Included on this...
    • Contributor: Lincoln, Abraham

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    Afghanistan Web Archive The Afghanistan Web Archive is comprised primarily of websites produced by the Afghan government, specifically the executive branch. Also included are a selection of sites from statistical reporting agencies, banking institutions, universities, U.S. Embassy and critical NGOs supporting democratic and human rights initiatives. The date range of the collection overlaps with the country's presidential (2009) and parliamentary (2009) elections, which were the second national...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. African and Middle Eastern Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2009

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    Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan Government Web Archive This collection consists of official government websites for Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan and provides an overview of the political, economic, administrative and social situation in these four countries. Several of these governmental websites contain information in English, Urdu, Persian (Farsi and Dari dialects), Pashto, Tajik and Russian languages. The depth of information is best for the Urdu, Persian, Pashto and Tajik languages, so...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. African and Middle Eastern Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2015

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    Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Tajikistan Elections Web Archive The Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan Elections Web Archive includes campaign sites archived during these countries’ election seasons since 2014. This archive collection includes websites for government bodies, political parties, presidential candidates, election observers and political commentators which offer significant information related to presidential and general elections in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan. Pertinent social media channels are also included in this collection in...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. African and Middle Eastern Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2014

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    African American Perspectives: Materials Selected from the Rare Book Collection "African American Perspectives" gives a panoramic and eclectic review of African American history and culture and is primarily comprised of two collections in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division: the African American Pamphlet Collection and the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection with a date range of 1822 through 1909. Most were written by African-American authors, though some were written by others on topics of...
    • Date: 1875

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    African American Photographs Assembled for 1900 Paris Exposition The Paris Exposition of 1900 (Exposition universelle internationale de 1900) devoted a building to matters of "social economy." The United States section of the building featured an exhibit that, according to W. E. B. Du Bois, attempted to show "(a) The history of the American Negro. (b) His present condition. (c) His education. (d) His literature." 1
    • Contributor: Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt) - Calloway, Thomas J. - Daniel Murray Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899

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    African Government Web Archive The African Government Web Archive provides links to information from key African government ministries, institutions and organizations for the 51 countries in Africa south of the Sahara. This will ensure that the Library of Congress and the United States Congress have ongoing access to information from Africa and to official 'born digital' government publications from African nations. The digital initiative adds to the Library’s...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. African and Middle Eastern Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2014

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    African-American Band Music & Recordings, 1883-1923 The core of this presentation consists of "stock" arrangements for bands or small orchestras of popular songs written by African Americans. In addition, we offer a smaller selection of historic sound recordings illustrating these songs and many others by the same composers (the arrangements might not necessarily be the same as those on the stocks). Educational materials include short biographies of composers and performers...
    • Date: 1883

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    Africana Historic Postcard Collection The African Section of the Library of Congress’ African and Middle Eastern Division has amassed a unique collection of more than 7000 historical photographic postcards documenting an important visual record of Africa and its people during the historically intensive years of European colonialism, from 1895 to 1960.

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    After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor presents approximately twelve hours of opinions recorded in the days and months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from more than two hundred individuals in cities and towns across the United States. On December 8, 1941 (the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor), Alan Lomax, then "assistant in...
    • Date: 1941

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    Ainu and Ezochi Rare Collection This collection of rare materials brings together books, manuscripts, and maps produced during the 18th and 19th centuries that document Japanese exploration and observation of the island and prefecture now known as Hokkaido in Japan, as well as Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands in Russia. For several centuries these areas were inhabited primarily by Ainu peoples, who shared closely related languages, traditions, and modes...

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    Alan Lomax Collection The Alan Lomax Collection includes ethnographic field documentation, materials from Lomax’s various projects, and cross-cultural research created and collected by Alan Lomax and others on traditional song, music, dance, and body movement from around the world. Lomax conducted fieldwork in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, England, France, Georgia (Republic), Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, the United States, and Wales from the 1930s-1990s....
    • Contributor: Lomax, Alan - American Folklife Center - Association for Cultural Equity - Archive of American Folk Song
    • Date: 1933

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    Alan Lomax Collection of Michigan and Wisconsin Recordings In 1938 the Library of Congress dispatched the pioneering folklorist and song collector Alan Lomax—already a seasoned field worker at age 23—to conduct a folk song survey of the Great Lakes region. He traveled in a 1935 Plymouth sedan, toting a Presto disc recorder and a movie camera. When he returned nearly three months later, having driven thousands of miles on barely paved roads,...
    • Contributor: Mahoski, Henry - Miron, Joe - Härkönen, Amanda - Baratono, Art - Lewandowski, Stephanie - Marttila - Niewiadomska, Frances - Olah, Julius - Frazier, Calvin - Ketvirtis, Charles ... Mahoski, Henry - Miron, Joe - Härkönen, Amanda - Baratono, Art - Lewandowski, Stephanie - Marttila - Niewiadomska, Frances - Olah, Julius - Frazier, Calvin - Ketvirtis, Charles - Bellaire, Mose - Trivanović, Stefan - Maki, Frank - Hulan - O'Donnell, Mike J. - Lomax, Alan - Pohjala, Aina - Vujanović, Stjepan - Grbić, Ludevit - Kallio, Kalle - Carrière, Fred - Marinetti, Victor - Erickson, Max - Romel, Sylvester - McCauley, Edward - Marczis, Joseph - Gallagher, Andrew E. - Bangac, Petar - McCormick, Ed - Krawezak, B. - Guzal, Frank - Strzelecki, Tony - Happy Jack Woodward - Velin, Maria - Vasvary, Steve - Lewandowski, Ted - Allen, Perry - Szilagyi, Dizso - Pischner, Helen - Romel, Ted - Jackson, Andrew - Ricksgers, Joseph - Cadeau, Mathilda - Bonner, Daniel - Warslzyk, Tony - Lewandowski, Edwina - Hyvönen, John - Frazier, Lonnie - Carrière, Dolphis - Romel - Trueblood, Asel - McDonough, Patrick - Viita, Frank - Cloud, Joe - Kubien, Rose - Bellaire, Exilia - Cadeau, John - Aho, Lillian - Kubesh, John G. - Pope, Allan C. - Korvenpaa, Charles - Similä, Gusti - Fredrickson, John - Kania, Felix - Larson, Nils - Frazier, Viola - Styes, Archie - Gallagher, Emerald - McBride, Bill - Rautanen, Vernon - Forster, Yalmer Eino - Cloud, Clarence - Preda, Emil Milan - Norman, John - Graham, Bert - King, Edward - Marinetti, John - Green, John W. - Leclaire, Leilia - Pol, Thomas - Vizina, Adelore - Sielvankiewiez - Romel, Leo - Nemeth, Kalman - Frazier, Belle - Aho, Pekka - Dobričan, Lazar - Larson, Steen - McCarthy, Barney - Delmas, Adolphus - Sainović, Ilija - Cadeau, Ed - Hirvelä, Wäin - Floriani, Veko - Juhani, Aapo - Szabo, Andy - Kruczynski, Clara - Archive of American Folk Song - Floriani, Vladimir - Dragić, Todor - Larson, John - Maki, Emil - Thrasher, Ed - Scheffer, Peter - Basrak, Stjepan - Wells, Lester - Romel, Adolph - Berky, Nandor - Gallagher, Dominic - Rajčević, Stepan - Lathrop, Carl - Gaza, V. Sipoo - Wallen, Mr - Lewandowski, Stephan - Brideup, Louis - Pittman, Sampson - Fredrickson, Kaisa - Meyers, Herman - Halinen, Selma Elona - Rudzinski, Alex - Tomić, Pajo - Palmer, Mason - Floriani, Margaret - Bonner, Patrick - Frazier, Clara - Maté
    • Date: 1938

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    Albert Schatz Collection Albert Schatz (1839-1910) was a German music dealer with life-long interest in opera and its history. In 1873, when Schatz assumed ownership of the Musikalienhandlung Ludwig Trutschel Nachfolger in Rostock, Germany, he confirmed his intent to write a comprehensive history of opera through the study of primary sources. Research for the book necessitated extensive travel throughout Europe to collect libretti including many first and...

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    Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers at the Library of Congress The collection contains over 145,000 items. The online version contains 4,695 items (equaling about 51,500 images), consists 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 scientific research. Dates span from 1862 to 1939,...
    • Contributor: Bell, Alexander Melville - Bell, Mabel Gardiner Hubbard - Bell, Alexander Graham - Fairchild, Marian - Hubbard, Gardiner G. (Gardiner Greene)
    • Date: 1862

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    Alexander Hamilton Papers The papers of Alexander Hamilton (ca. 1757-1804), first treasury secretary of the United States, consist of his personal and public correspondence, drafts of his writings (although not his Federalist essays), and correspondence among members of the Hamilton and Schuyler families. The collection, consisting of approximately 12,000 items dating from 1708 to 1917, documents Hamilton's impoverished Caribbean boyhood (scantily); events in the lives of his...
    • Contributor: First Church in Albany - Hamilton, Alexander

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    Alexander Hamilton Stephens Papers The papers of Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-1883), lawyer, journalist, governor of Georgia, member of both houses of the United States Congress, and vice president of the Confederate States of America, span the years 1784-1886, with the bulk of the material concentrated in the period 1850-1883. The collection consists primarily of correspondence, supplemented by an autobiography and journal and miscellaneous memoranda, legal documents, and clippings....
    • Contributor: Stephens, Alexander H. (Alexander Hamilton)

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    The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana The collection contains more than 11,100 items. This online release presents more than 1,300 items with more than 4,000 images and a date range of 1824-1931. It includes the complete collection of Stern's contemporary newspapers, Lincoln's law papers, sheet music, broadsides, prints, cartoons, maps, drawings, letters, campaign tickets, and other ephemeral items. The books and pamphlets in this collection are scheduled for digitization at...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Stern, Alfred Whital - Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1824

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    Amazing Grace This collection highlights the history of the hymn “Amazing Grace” from the earliest printing of the song to selected performances of it on published and field recordings. These items have been collected from several divisions in the Library of Congress, including the Music Division, the American Folklife Center, the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, and the Rare Books Division. Also available here...
    • Date: 1930

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    America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915 Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of 150 motion pictures. Highlights include films of the United States Postal Service from 1903, cattle breeding, fire fighters, ice manufacturing, logging, calisthenic and gymnastic exercises in schools, amusement parks, boxing, expositions, football, parades, swimming, and other sporting events.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division - Library of Congress. National Digital Library Program - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2000

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