June 18, 1998 Program on Library of Congress Artifacts and Archives
Press Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189
Library of Congress staff members who contributed to the creation of the current exhibition, "The Thomas Jefferson Building: Book Palace of the American People," will participate in a program on Thursday, June 18, at 12 noon in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Speakers will include exhibit director Martha Hopkins, Frank Evina of the Copyright Office, LC archivist William Mobley, and John Y. Cole, Director of the Center for the Book, which is sponsoring the program. The event is open to the public.
"Twenty-one individuals loaned items from their personal collections for display in the exhibition," said Mr. Cole. "Before the show closes on July 6, we wanted those involved to share information about their collections of LC memorabilia and to learn about current developments in the LC Archives, which are in the Manuscript Division."
The exhibition, which marks the centennial of the Jefferson Building, focuses on the excitement the new building generated when it opened in 1897. In addition to contemporary photographs, guidebooks, advertisements, newspaper and journal articles, the exhibition includes paintings, mirrors, trinket boxes, scissors, letter openers, watch fobs, a buttonhook, trays, paperweights, napkin rings, plates, cups and saucers, spoons, plaques, a powder container and a souvenir pillow.
The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy, and libraries. For information about the center's program, visit its site on the World Wide Web at: http://www.loc.gov/cfbook/.