May 26, 1999 Library of Congress Issues 1999 Catalog of Publications
Contact: Audrey Fischer (202)-707-0022
The Library of Congress has recently published Celebrating Books: Selected Publications from the Library of Congress. The 1999 catalog, which will be updated annually, includes titles published by the Library and those produced in cooperation with a number of renowned trade publishers.
"All of the books included in this catalog highlight a specific Library of Congress collection, exhibition, or subject that can be explored through our collections," said Publishing Office Director W. Ralph Eubanks. "Our hope is that through our publishing program we can continue to make more of our vast collections accessible to the American public."
The catalog features new and recent titles, exhibition catalogs, and year 2000 calendars on subjects as diverse as American history, religion, art and architecture, geography, music, and film. Titles include Heart of the Circle: Photographs by Edward S. Curtis of Native American Women (Pomegranate Artbooks), The African American Odyssey (Library of Congress), Many Nations: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Indian and Alaska Native Peoples of the United States (Library of Congress), and the popular calendar series celebrating women's achievements titled Women Who Dare (Pomegranate Publications).
Award-winning publications include: The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention (Harry N. Abrams Inc.), which recently received the 1999 Philip Johnson Award for "Best Exhibition Catalog" from the Society of Architectural Historians; Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States (Alfred A. Knopf), which won the 1998 "Best Museum Book" from the Museum Publications Competition of the American Association of Museums; and Eyes of the Nation: A Self-Portrait of the American People, the Knopf book's companion CD-ROM (produced by SouthPeak Interactive Inc.), which placed second in the CD-ROM category of the AAM's 1999 Museum Publications Competition.
The life and work of Thomas Jefferson and his role in shaping the nation and the Library of Congress are the subject of several titles such as Thomas Jefferson and the Education of a Citizen (University Press of New England), The Library of Congress: The Art and Architecture of the Thomas Jefferson Building (W. W. Norton), and a new work titled The Declaration of Independence: The Evolution of the Text (University Press of New England). Out of print for more than 40 years, this work brings together photographic reproductions of all known drafts of the Declaration of Independence, including an earlier fragment not known to Jefferson scholar Julian P. Boyd when his study was first published in 1943 in conjunction with the Bicentennial of Jefferson's birth. The fragment, along with Jefferson's rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, will be on display in the "American Treasures of the Library of Congress" exhibition from June 16 through Labor Day.
The catalog also includes a series of illustrated guides to the Library's collections featuring special materials in various formats, which were made possible by generous support from the James Madison Council, the Library's private-sector advisory group. These include guides to the Library's manuscript, geography and map, prints and photographic, music, Hispanic, and European collections.
For 10 years, the Library has published a series of desk and wall calendars that highlight images from the Library's unique collections. Today in History, one of 10 calendars for 2000 (Golden Turtle Press), includes entries drawn from the Library's popular Web site feature (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today).
Visitors may obtain Celebrating Books free of charge in the Jefferson Building and Madison Building sales shops, and in the Publishing Office, Madison Building, LM-602. Others may send a letter requesting a free copy to: Library of Congress, Publishing Office, 101 Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, DC 20540-4980. The Library's 1999 catalog of publications is also accessible on the Library's Web site (http://www.loc.gov).