Play ball!

Baseball Americana at Nationals Park

The Library of Congress is now pleased to share some highlights from its baseball collections with fans at Nationals Park. This exhibition celebrates the rich tradition of baseball here in Washington and across our country. It explores those who play the game and those who cheer them on. America and baseball grew up together—a democratic sport for a democratic nation. Transcending class and gender, the game is embedded in our history and consciousness like no other.

The Library of Congress—the largest library in the world—collects and preserves the record of American creativity, including unparalleled collections documenting the history of baseball through photographs, baseball cards, newspaper clippings, broadcasts, films, recorded sound, and sheet music—among many other items.

See the Library’s full online Baseball Americana exhibition that looks at the game from Then and Now