March 10, 2014 "Great Photographs from the Library of Congress" to be Subject of E-Book Event

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The photographic collections of the Library of Congress are unrivaled in their scope and depth. From images taken at the dawn of photography to present-day photographs, these collections from the Prints and Photographs Division convey the story of America.

Now, more than 700 of them have been gathered for a new e-book, “Great Photographs from the Library of Congress” (Arte Publishing, in association with the Library of Congress, from the iBookstore, 2014). Editor Aimee Hess of the Library’s Publishing Office will discuss the book on Wednesday, April 2, at noon, in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event, presented by the Library’s Center for the Book, its Publishing Office and the Prints and Photographs Division, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Included in the e-book are such iconic photographs as Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother,” as well as lesser-known historical images. Along with high-quality photographic reproductions, this e-book features links to the Library of Congress website, where the photos can be downloaded for personal use.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at

The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in books and reading,” is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit


PR 14-043
ISSN 0731-3527