Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Speculative Annotation Watch a demonstration of the Speculative Annotation web application created for the Library of Congress by artist and 2021 Innovator in Residence Courtney McClellan.
    • Contributor: None
    • Date: 2021-12-06
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    Conversation with Netherlands Chamber Choir Tido Visser discusses his work as Artistic and Managing Director of the distinguished Netherlands Chamber Choir, founded in 1937. Considered one of the world's great ensembles, the choir is known not only for impeccable performances of traditional repertoire, but for pathbreaking projects - new commissions and multi-media and cross-disciplinary collaborations - that expand the boundaries of the choral literature.
    • Contributor: McLean, Anne - Visser, Tido
    • Date: 2021-12-03
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    J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio: Concerto Köln and Nederlands Kamerkoor With an artistic legacy spanning more than eight decades, the Netherlands Chamber Choir has won admiration for its superb interpretations of masterworks, but also for powerful, provocative original programs that defy the boundaries of traditional choral concerts. This video offers a stunning, joyous performance of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio.
    • Contributor: Wolf, Andreas - Netherlands Chamber Choir - Dijkstra, Peter - Engeltjes, Maarten - Gilchrist, James - Kemény, Louise
    • Date: 2021-12-03
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    The U.S. Natural Gas Market: Lessons for a Global Market Michael Ratner, Congressional Research Service energy policy specialist, will discuss his research on how, since the advent of shale gas, the United States has become the world's largest producer and consumer of natural gas, as well as the fastest-growing exporter.
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Ratner, Michael - Yacobucci, Brent
    • Date: 2021-12-02
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    The Temptation of Saint Anthony This segment of From the Vaults explores Odilon Redon's (1840-1916) haunting, symbolist lithographs for the novelization of "La Tentation de Saint Antoine" (Temptation of Saint Anthony), by French novelist Gustave Flaubert.
    • Contributor: Stillo, Stephanie
    • Date: 2021-11-30
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    A Question of Color In this segment of From the Vaults, we explore treasures from the Aramont Library. This session discusses the significance of Maurice Denis's series of color lithographs for the deeply symbolist novel "The Voyage of Urien" (1893) by the French writer André Gide.
    • Contributor: Stillo, Stephanie
    • Date: 2021-11-30
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    June Wayne's Songs and Sonnets of John Donne Join us as we explore the treasures from the Aramount Library, in particular a copy of Songs and Sonnets by seventeenth-century poet John Donne with original lithographic illustrations by American artist, June Wayne.
    • Contributor: Stell, Marianna - Stillo, Stephanie
    • Date: 2021-11-30
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    Pablo Picasso and the Le chant des morts (The Song of the Dead) In this segment of From the Vaults, the Library continues to explore treasures from the Aramont Library. This session contextualizes Pablo Picasso's unusual lithographs for Pierre Reverdy's Le chant des morts (The Song of the Dead), as well as his potential engagement with medieval manuscripts as inspiration for the illustrations.
    • Contributor: Stell, Marianna - Stillo, Stephanie
    • Date: 2021-11-30
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    Virgil Goes Cubist In this segment of From the Vaults, we continue to explore treasures from the Aramont Library. In particular we explore a 1953 edition of the The Eclogues (also called the Bucolics) of Roman poet Virgil. This particular edition was translated by French poet Paul Valery and illustrated with original color lithographs by cubist artists, Jacques Villon (brother of Marcel Duchamp).
    • Contributor: Stillo, Stephanie
    • Date: 2021-11-30
  • Film, Video
    2021 Literacy Awards Winners & Best Practice Honorees This short video highlights the winners and honorees of the 2021 Library of Congress Literacy Awards. Learn more about the inspiring work of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (winner of the 2021 David M. Rubenstein Prize), Parents as Teachers National Center (winner of the 2021 American Prize) and The Luminos Fund (winner of the 2021 International Prize); as well as the following 14 additional organizations...
    • Date: 2021-11-29
  • Film, Video
    Of the People: Widening the Path Initiative In this webinar, Library of Congress staff will discuss the new "Of the People" initiative, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Attendees will learn about the funding opportunities that make up one portion of this, the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative recently launched by the Library's Digital Strategy Directorate. Staff will offer details on each of the grant programs, identify support...
    • Contributor: Jakeway Manchester, Eileen - O'Keeffe, Hope - Allen, Laurie
    • Date: 2021-11-22
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    Crystal Gazing Experiments in the Harry Houdini Collection In this segment of From the Vaults, Amanda Zimmerman addresses some curious manuscripts in the Harry Houdini Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. The Houndini collection contains many strange and intriguing materials, making up what Houdini himself referred to as one of the largest libraries in the world on psychic phenomena, Spiritualism, magic, witchcraft, demonology, evil spirits, etc., some of the...
    • Contributor: Zimmerman, Amanda
    • Date: 2021-11-19
  • Film, Video
    Joan Miró's Constellations (1959) in the Aramont Library In this segment of From the Vaults, we continue to explore treasures from the Aramont Library. Constellations is series of 23 gouache paintings completed by Joan Miró between the turbulent years of 1939 and 1941. When the war was over, the Constellations series was exhibited by Miró's dealer Pierre Matisse (son of Henri Matisse) in New York. The paintings were adopted by many artists...
    • Contributor: Stillo, Stephanie
    • Date: 2021-11-19
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    George Rouault's Circus of the Shooting Star (1938) from the Aramont Library In this segment of From the Vaults, we continue to explore treasures from the Aramont Library. George Rouault's "Circus of the Shooting Star" (1938) was a massive undertaking by one of the most creative artists of the twentieth century. Rouault's circus contains seventy-four wood engravings and seventeen complex aquatints to illustrate the artist's deeply spiritual rumination on humanity and hope.
    • Contributor: Stillo, Stephanie
    • Date: 2021-11-19
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    The International Mark Twain Society In this segment of From the Vaults, we discuss The International Mark Twain Society. The Society was founded in 1930 by Cyril Clemens as a social and literary discussion group, and later sent its book collection to the Library of Congress to form a Society collection in the Rare Book & Special Collections Division. The collection encompasses books published between the late 19th century...
    • Contributor: Varner, Monica
    • Date: 2021-11-19
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    Conversation with Zuill Bailey Grammy Award-winner cellist Zuill Bailey discusses his virtual program at the Library of Congress. Bailey reflects on his upbringing in Northern Virginia surrounded by music opportunities, shares behind-the-scenes stories about the program, and talks about, as he calls it, "the love of his life," his cello.
    • Contributor: Morales, Claudia - Plylar, David - Bailey, Zuill
    • Date: 2021-11-19
  • Film, Video
    Zuill Bailey and Bryan Wallick GRAMMY Award-winning, Zuill Bailey and pianist Bryan Wallick come to the Library for a virtual cello recital. The program includes music of Mendelssohn, Debussy, Lukas Foss and Rachmaninoff. Program: [10:36] Mendelssohn: Variations concertantes in D major, op. 17 [19:10] Debussy: Sonata for cello and piano, L.135 [30:09] Lukas Foss: Capriccio for cello and piano [36:36] Rachmaninoff: Sonata in G minor for cello and piano,...
    • Contributor: Wallick, Bryan - Bailey, Zuill
    • Date: 2021-11-19
  • Film, Video
    Illinois: Iggy Peck, Architect Listen to members of Congress read from their favorite books for young people in "Read Around the States." Each video includes an interview with the author, in association with an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Rep. Sean Casten of Illinois reads from "Iggy Peck, Architect" by Andrea Beaty.
    • Contributor: Beaty, Andrea - Matheis, Bonnie - Casten, Rep. Sean
    • Date: 2021-11-17
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    Radio Enchains Music: The 1940 ASCAP Radio War and Music Festivals Drawing on recordings, reviews, photographs, sheet music and materials in the Library's ASCAP Foundation Collection, this lecture argues that the 1940 ASCAP concert sheds new light on the issues of mass culture and radio, protest, race and gender at this reaffirmation of the American popular music canon in the final years before involvement in World War II.
    • Contributor: C. La Barre, Elisse
    • Date: 2021-11-17
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    GIS Day 2021 Mapping Ourselves: Geographic Information Science and the 2020 Census "Mapping Ourselves: Exploring the 2020 Census" is a part of the international GIS Day events that take place at research institutions and universities around the globe. The Library of Congress has hosted GIS Day events for more than a decade. The programs always revolve around a specific current policy issue in which GIS is playing an important role. Last year the event centered on...
    • Contributor: Riper, David Van - Bishop, Deirdre Dalpiaz - Hasier, Dr. Paulette - Hessler, John - O'Brien, Mackenzie - Leadbeater, Richard
    • Date: 2021-11-17
  • Film, Video
    Illinois - Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks Listen to members of Congress read from their favorite books for young people in "Read Around the States." Each video includes an interview with the author, in association with an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois reads from "Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks" by Suzanne Slade and Illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera.
    • Contributor: Kelly, Rep. Robin - Slade, Suzanne - Matheis, Bonnie - A. Cabrera, Cozbi
    • Date: 2021-11-17
  • Film, Video
    A Hoax in the Family: The Buchanan Estate Scam This extreme example of genealogy-gone-bad is a lesson to all of us about how to avoid stealthy pitfalls in family history research. It began when a grocer in Texas seized on a scheme to rally weary spirits, as the Great Depression drained hopes and finances across the country. He announced an $850,000,000.00 estate to be distributed among the eligible heirs of a vague ancestor....
    • Contributor: Buchanan, Candice
    • Date: 2021-11-16
  • Film, Video
    Finding the Women in Our History Delve into the past with the women from our local history and family trees. Understand the challenges involved in uncovering their stories. Celebrate the details big and small that the records reveal about their lives, families, and communities.
    • Contributor: Buchanan, Candice
    • Date: 2021-11-16
  • Film, Video
    Genealogy and Family History Research from Home A step-by-step how-to on researching genealogy and family history from one's home computer using Library of Congress resources online.
    • Contributor: Aiséirithe, a J
    • Date: 2021-11-16
  • Film, Video
    Kluge Prize Address From Recipient Danielle Allen Danielle Allen delivers an address titled "Educating for American Democracy," in which she considers the role of education in fostering a common purpose in American society. At a time when the idea of cooperation for the public good is tested by crisis and political division, Allen's work connects us and brings us together around shared goals, all while maintaining the importance of the differences...
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Allen, Danielle - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2021-11-16