Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Cherry Blossoms in Japanese Culture This video explores Japan's centuries-old blossom viewing traditions. It is one in a series for the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival that highlights both historic and contemporary traditions of springtime flower viewing. The "Cherry Blossom Viewing Over the Centuries" series features three short films that showcase a stunning variety of artifacts from Library collections, including watercolor drawings, colorful woodblock prints, vintage photos and beautifully...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Asian Division - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress. Publishing Office
    • Date: 2021
  • Film, Video
    Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as a Living Symbol of Friendship Members of the Library's team for "Sakura: Cherry Blossom as Living Symbols of Friendship" exhibition lead a gallery tour while discussing the special collections that illuminate the history of Washington's landmark cherry trees, the significance of cherry blossoms in Japan, and their continuing resonance in American culture and for Washingtonians in particular. Dating from the 18th to 21st centuries, the collection highlights include exquisite...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division
    • Date: 2012
  • Film, Video
    The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration Ann McClellan discussed her new book, "The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration," at the Library of Congress at on Wednesday, March 30, 2005. The lavishly illustrated volume chronicles the history of the festival and the honoring of the ancient cherry tree, including its role today as an instrument of diplomacy and an eternal sign of the arrival of spring.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Center for the Book
    • Date: 2005
  • Film, Video
    History of the National Cherry Blossom Trees Bob Vogel talks about the 1912 gift of cherry trees, a symbol of friendship between the city of Tokyo, Japan and Washington, D.C. He also discusses the long-term maintenance and preservation of this gift and how the National Park Service protects this national treasure for the enjoyment of future generations.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Asian Division - Library of Congress. Literary Initiatives Office
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Traditions This video highlights the Library of Congress National Cherry Blossom Festival collection, which include posters from 1987 to the present and Princess programs from 1949 to the present. It is one in a series for the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival that highlights both historic and contemporary traditions of springtime flower viewing. The "Cherry Blossom Viewing Over the Centuries" series features three short films...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Asian Division - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress. Publishing Office
    • Date: 2021
  • Film, Video
    Tokyo's Gift of Friendship This video recounts the origins and events surrounding the 1912 gift of 3,020 cherry trees to the city of Washington. It is one in a series for the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival that highlights both historic and contemporary traditions of springtime flower viewing. The "Cherry Blossom Viewing Over the Centuries" series features three short films that showcase a stunning variety of artifacts from...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Asian Division - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress. Publishing Office
    • Date: 2021
  • Film, Video
    Teens & Poetry for the 21st Century Poets Jennifer Chang and Mark McMorris read selections of "Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation" along with co-editor Lynn Melnick and Sharyn November of Viking Children's Books. The reading was followed by a moderated discussion on poetry and teens.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Literary Initiatives Office
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    How Do Flowers Kill? - The Japanese Emperor and Modern Dictators Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, an expert on symbols of Japanese identity, compares the representations of the Meiji emperor of Japan with those of Lenin, Stalin and Hitler in a lecture titled "How Do Flowers Kill? -- The Japanese Emperor and Modern Dictators." Using examples from modern Japan, Germany and the Soviet Union, Ohnuki-Tierney explores how different traditions use symbols in creating and expressing political, religious, and...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video
    Visualizing the Nation's Capital (Day 2) This conference showcases the unparalleled cartographic collections at the Library of Congress and engage a wide array of experts in exploring how Washington has evolved over 200 years. Speakers include Jon Campbell, Pamela Scott, Roberta Stevens, Dan Bailey, Thomas Patterson, Susan Spain and Eliza Voigt. (Day Two)
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division
    • Date: 2012
  • Film, Video
    Washington D.C. Witness Trees Paul Dolinsky discusses Washington's Witness Trees, trees that have stood witness to historic events.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division
    • Date: 2016
  • Film, Video
    Bonsai: Another Special Gift of Trees from Japan In 1976, Japan presented 53 bonsai trees to the United States as a Bicentennial gift. The trees led to the founding of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum, which was later augmented by bonsai from China, North America and elsewhere. Three authors discussed how the national collection of bonsai inspired their books.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division
    • Date: 2017
  • Film, Video
    Publicity, Celebrity, Fashion: Photographing Edna St. Vincent Millay Sarah Parker presents photographic representations of the American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, asserting that Millay consciously used her public image to promote her career and to subtly subvert expectations surrounding the "poetess."
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    Life in Interweaving Phases: The Art of Mitsuko Asakura On the eve of the March 13 opening of her art exhibition at the American Institute of Architects Headquarters Gallery in Washington, D.C., Japanese tapestry artist Mitsuko Asakura discussed her work at the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Asian Division
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video
    Hermitage Photograph Conservation Initiative The Hermitage Photograph Conservation Initiative is a collaborative project to provide training in conservation, documentation and cataloging practice to forward the preservation of the museum's collection of more than 470,000 photographs.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Preservation Directorate
    • Date: 2014
  • Film, Video
    Poet Robert Hass Moderates River of Words Awards Ceremony Winners and finalists of the 2008 River of Words Environmental Poetry and Art Contest were honored at a ceremony. The ceremony, hosted by the Center for the Book, was moderated by Robert Hass, River of Words co-founder, former U.S. Poet Laureate and recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Poetry. The ceremony featured young people from throughout the country...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Center for the Book
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    A Story in Layers: Japanese Woodblock Prints Clair Cuccio discussed how Japanese woodblock prints are created by means of a network of multiple artists in a process that combines individual expertise and collaborative production.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Asian Division
    • Date: 2018
  • Film, Video
    Preserving Our Communities with Photography Explore the reaches of Carol Highsmith's archive as she discusses her work and her motivation for dedicating the rights to the American people for copyright-free access.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    Witter Bynner Fellows Poetry Reading 2008 Poet Laureate Charles Simic has chosen two new voices in poetry, business-development writer Matthew Thorburn and attorney Monica Youn, for the 2008 Witter Bynner Fellowships.Thorburn and Youn each will receive a $10,000 fellowship, provided by the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry in conjunction with the Library of Congress. It is the 11th year the fellowships have been awarded. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Literary Initiatives Office
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    A Washington Sketchbook: Drawings by Robert L. Dickinson, 1917-18 New York physician Robert L. Dickinson was stationed in Washington during World War I and in his free time was a prolific artist. An avid nature lover, he explored both sides of the Potomac River, sketching the woodsy and idyllic scenery that captured a now-vanished way of life. His work is the subject of a new book by Gail Dickersin Spilsbury.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Center for the Book
    • Date: 2011
  • Film, Video
    Behind the Books: A Day in the Life at the Library of Congress with Elmer Eusman Behind the Books is a video series dedicated to providing a snapshot of the experience of members at the Library of Congress. In this video, Elmer Eusman shares his experience as a Chief of the Conservation Division.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress
    • Date: 2022
  • Film, Video
    UNESCO's Role in Building Bridges to Cultural Peace Nureldin Satti, former UNESCO representative for Africa, discusses "UNESCO's Role in Building Bridges to Cultural Peace: Case Studies of Somalia, Burundi and Ethiopia" in a program sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. African and Middle Eastern Division
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video
    Scholarfest S3: Life/Present: Personal & Cultural Identity in a Multicultural World As part of the two-day celebration of the 15th anniversary of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, seven 10-minute rapid-fire "lightning conversations" (followed by 20 minutes of moderated Q&A) covered the topic of personal and cultural identity in a multicultural world.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    Asian-American Poetry Today Filipino-American poet Eileen Tabios reads from her work, followed by a moderated discussion.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Literary Initiatives Office
    • Date: 2011
  • Film, Video
    Making Show Boat: Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II & the Power of Performers Part of the American Musicological Society-Library of Congress lecture series, musicologist Todd Decker discusses his research into the creation of the hit Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II musical "Show Boat." Decker's research was principally conducted in the Kern and Hammerstein collections in the Music Division.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Music Division
    • Date: 2013
  • Film, Video
    Emily Dickinson Marathon Reading (Part 1) Part one of an all-day reading of Emily Dickinson's works in honor of the poet's 184th birthday.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Literary Initiatives Office
    • Date: 2014