News from the Library of Congress

February 2019

January 2019

  • January 31, 2019  (19-013)
    New Exhibition "Art in Action" Examines Socially-Engaged Art A new exhibition, “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times,” pairs original drawings by editorial cartoonist Herblock with historical and contemporary artists’ prints, drawings and posters that respond to major issues from the 17th century to the present day. “Art in Action” opens at the Library of Congress on Jan. 31.As a political cartoonist for The Washington Post and other...
    • Date: 2019-01-31
  • January 29, 2019  (19-009)
    Semi-Annual Main Reading Room Open House on Presidents Day Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Presidents Day holiday, Monday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
    • Date: 2019-01-29
  • January 28, 2019  (19-007)
    Theatrical Readings and Panel Discussions Among Highlights of African-American History Month The Library of Congress will host several events throughout February that celebrate African Americans and their contributions to the fabric of American culture and history. All of the following events are free and open to the public.“Conversation on the Omar Ibn Said Collection at the Library of Congress”Tuesday, February 5; 10 a.m.LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, In celebration of the...
    • Date: 2019-01-28
  • January 25, 2019  (19-010)
    Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court Fellows Annual Lecture The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program will present a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.The conversation will be moderated by the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann, chief judge of the U.S. Court of...
    • Date: 2019-01-25
  • January 22, 2019  (19-006)
    Spring Is Coming: Symposiums and Celebrations Highlight the Library's Event Calendar This spring, the Library of Congress will bring you a host of events on a variety of topics. Concerts, lectures, film screenings, symposiums and special events all fill the public events calendar. Events will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540) or the James Madison Memorial Building (101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540). Please note that...
    • Date: 2019-01-22
  • January 16, 2019  (19-005)
    Public Radio Broadcast of 'The Slowdown' Launched A new radio edition of the celebrated poetry podcast “The Slowdown” is now available to public radio listeners in several regions across the country.Hosted by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and produced by American Public Media, “The Slowdown” has been bringing the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as a weekday podcast since its launch in November 2018. The radio feature...
    • Date: 2019-01-16
  • January 15, 2019  (19-004)
    Unique Autobiography Written in Arabic by an Enslaved Scholar Goes Online at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress has acquired and made available online the Omar Ibn Said Collection, which includes the only known extant narrative written in Arabic by an enslaved person in the United States. In 1831, Omar Ibn Said, a wealthy and highly educated man who was captured in Senegal, Africa, and brought to Charleston, South Carolina, as a slave, wrote a 15-page autobiography describing...
    • Date: 2019-01-15
  • January 10, 2019  (19-001)
    The Public Domain: Celebrating the Lifecycle of Copyright For the first time in 20 years, creative works entered the public domain in the United States on Jan. 1, 2019. To mark this occasion, the United States Copyright Office will host the Copyright Matters event “The Public Domain: Celebrating the Lifecycle of Copyright” on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the historic Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C.What:...
    • Date: 2019-01-10
  • January 10, 2019  (19-002)
    2019 Exhibitions and Programs Explore America's Changemakers The Library of Congress will launch a yearlong initiative in 2019 inviting visitors to Explore America’s Changemakers with a series of exhibitions, events and programs. Major exhibitions drawing from the Library’s collections will be focused on important figures in women’s history and the fight for suffrage, Rosa Parks’ groundbreaking role in the civil rights movement and artists’ responses to major issues of the day.Additional...
    • Date: 2019-01-10
  • January 9, 2019  (19-003)
    Library of Congress to Accept Applications for 2019 Literacy Awards Beginning Jan. 14 Applications will be accepted for the 2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards beginning Jan. 14, and the deadline for applications is March 8. The awards are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.The Literacy Awards, which were created by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein, were first conferred in 2013 to honor and support organizations working to promote literacy both in...
    • Date: 2019-01-09

December 2018

  • December 18, 2018  (18-A10)
    Holiday Schedule Dec. 2018 – Jan. 2019 The Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill for FY19 was passed and signed into law earlier this year. With the following holiday-related exceptions, the Library of Congress is operating under standard hours:Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will be CLOSED to the public.Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions,...
    • Date: 2018-12-18
  • December 17, 2018  (18-148)
    Kluge Center Symposium Marks Centennial of Paris Peace Conference On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress will host a panel discussion to mark the 100th anniversary of the Paris Peace Conference, “The United States and the World: Legacies of the Paris Peace Conference.” The symposium will be held at 3 p.m. in room LJ-119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington,...
    • Date: 2018-12-17
  • December 13, 2018  (18-146)
    Library Opens Nominations for Outstanding Libraries, Librarians and Library Technicians To honor the innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, businesses, researchers, scholarly communities and the American public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) in the Library of Congress has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship in fiscal year 2018.The award winners will be honored for their contributions to federal library...
    • Date: 2018-12-13
  • December 12, 2018  (18-144)
    National Film Registry Turns 30 Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Paul Newman’s unforgettable “Hud” to the opulent musical “My Fair Lady”...
    • Date: 2018-12-12
  • December 11, 2018  (18-147)
    Library of Congress Seeks Applicants for Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2019 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. This is a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the work done at the largest library in the world.From exploring new ways to support digital scholars, developing new preservation techniques and curating historical materials to making veterans histories more accessible, the 2019...
    • Date: 2018-12-11
  • December 7, 2018  (18-145)
    Library Announces Grant for Research Using World's Largest Map Collection The John W. Kluge Center and the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society at the Library of Congress invite qualified scholars to apply for a grant to conduct research for two months at the Kluge Center using the Geography and Map Division’s collections and resources.The Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellowship will award $11,500 to selected scholars with the possibility of an additional $2,000 as an...
    • Date: 2018-12-07
  • December 3, 2018  (18-A09)
    Library of Congress Closed December 5 In observance of the national day of mourning honoring former President George H.W. Bush Wednesday, December 5, all Library buildings will be CLOSED and all public events and services are canceled.The Library will resume normal operations Thursday, December 6.
    • Date: 2018-12-03

November 2018

  • November 29, 2018  (18-141)
    Library Acquires Archive of Jazz Great Billy Strayhorn The Library of Congress announced today that it has acquired the original manuscripts documenting the work of composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn. An important star in the jazz firmament, Strayhorn was the source of much of the sound of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He worked with Ellington for nearly 30 years, writing or collaborating on more than 200 tunes and arrangements for the...
    • Date: 2018-11-29
  • November 29, 2018  (18-A08)
    Jefferson Building Closed December 19 On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, the Great Hall, all exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed for a special event.Additionally, the West Main doors, West basement (carriage) doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will close to the general public. Researchers with Library-issued credentials may access the Jefferson Building reading rooms as they...
    • Date: 2018-11-29
  • November 28, 2018  (18-140)
    University of Puerto Rico to Establish First Puerto Rico Center for the Book as 53rd Affiliate of Library of Congress The University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Information Sciences and the Library Sciences and Informatics Library will establish the first Puerto Rico Center for the Book in 2019 as the 53rd affiliate center of the Library of Congress, the two institutions announced today. The Library’s Center for the Book is a network of U.S. sites promoting an interest in reading and literacy.The newest...
    • Date: 2018-11-28
  • November 28, 2018  (18-140S)
    La Universidad de Puerto Rico abrirá el primer Centro para el Libro en la Isla afiliado a la Biblioteca del Congreso de EE.UU. La Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información y la Biblioteca de Ciencias Bibliotecarias e Informática de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), en colaboración con la Biblioteca del Congreso de Estados Unidos, establecerán el primer Centro para el Libro en la Isla a principios del año 2019. Este constituirá el centro número 53 afiliado a la Biblioteca del Congreso y se...
    • Date: 2018-11-28
  • November 21, 2018  (18-142)
    Statement from Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on the Passing of 13th Librarian of Congress James H. Billington “Our hearts are heavy as we learn of the passing of Dr. James Billington, the 13th Librarian of Congress,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said. “Dr. Billington has left an indelible legacy on the institution he led passionately for 28 years. With his vigor for philanthropy and tireless efforts to expand the reach and impact of the Library, he achieved so much to advance...
    • Date: 2018-11-21
  • November 16, 2018  (18-139)
    Library of Congress Writing Contest for Young Readers Across the Country Announced Letters About Literature, the Library of Congress reading-and-writing contest now in its 26th year, is accepting applications beginning Nov. 1 for the 2018-19 cycle. For the first time, letters will be submitted electronically. For more information about the contest, including instructions for entering and deadlines for each state, visit read.gov/letters.Letters About Literature asks students in grades 4-12 to read a book, poem, speech or...
    • Date: 2018-11-16
  • November 13, 2018  (18-135)
    Veterans History Project Launches New Online Exhibit on Vietnam War Photography The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched “Personal Snapshots: Picturing the Vietnam War,” an online “Experiencing War” website feature highlighting 12 collections that document veterans’ wartime experiences. In addition to oral histories and written correspondence, the collections include candid, amateur photographs.Taken either for posterity or as keepsakes for loved ones on the home front, the images range from serene to silly...
    • Date: 2018-11-13
  • November 13, 2018  (18-138)
    155th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address at the Library of Congress On Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Library of Congress will recognize the 155th anniversary of this historic speech with a one-day celebration, including work stations for a hands-on experience transcribing Lincoln documents using the Library’s new crowdsourcing tool.Visitors will have the opportunity to view the earliest known draft of the Gettysburg Address and participate in a...
    • Date: 2018-11-13
  • November 13, 2018  (18-A07)
    Jefferson Building Early Closure November 15 Due to a special event on Thursday, November 15, the Great Hall, all exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will close at 3 p.m. Additionally, the West Main doors, West Basement (Carriage) doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will close to the general public. Also, the Library's Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson...
    • Date: 2018-11-13
  • November 7, 2018  (18-137)
    Winter Is Coming: Library Events Nov. 2018–Jan. 2019 This holiday season, the Library of Congress will bring you a host of events on a variety of topics. Concerts, lectures, film screenings, symposiums and special events all fill the newly-designed public events calendar. Headlining the fall/winter line-up are two events to spread awareness of digital tools that can be used analyze and simplify the information and data available here at the Library.On Nov....
    • Date: 2018-11-07
  • November 1, 2018  (18-127)
    Poet Jorie Graham to Receive 2018 Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry The Library of Congress will award the 2018 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry to Jorie Graham for her 2017 book “Fast.”Graham, who is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University, will receive the award and read selections from her work at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave....
    • Date: 2018-11-01

October 2018

  • October 24, 2018  (18-134)
    Crowdsourcing Tool Enables Discovery of Unique Treasures at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress today launched crowd.loc.gov, a crowdsourcing program that will connect the Library with virtual volunteers to transcribe text in digitized images from the Library’s historic collections.This project enables anyone with access to a computer to experience first-hand accounts in history while contributing to the Library’s ability to make these treasures more searchable and readable.Volunteers can work on selections from the papers...
    • Date: 2018-10-24
  • October 22, 2018  (18-130)
    New Book Showcases Early Baseball Cards in Story of National Pastime A new book, “Game Faces: Early Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress,” offers baseball fans and historians a visual delight that showcases early baseball cards from the 19th and early 20th centuries alongside photos from the early days of the nation’s beloved pastime. Author Peter Devereaux takes readers behind the scenes of the Library of Congress’ Benjamin K. Edwards Collection to see the...
    • Date: 2018-10-22
  • October 17, 2018  (18-132)
    Papers of President Theodore Roosevelt Now Online The largest collection of the papers of President Theodore Roosevelt, documenting his extraordinary career in the White House and as vice president, governor of New York, and as a naturalist, writer and reformer, has been digitized and is now available online from the Library of Congress.The digitization of the massive collection comes just before the 160th anniversary of Roosevelt’s birthday. The nation’s 26th president...
    • Date: 2018-10-17
  • October 15, 2018  (18-128)
    Library of Congress Appoints New Chief of the Hispanic Division The Library of Congress appointed Suzanne Schadl, academic expert in Latin American studies, as chief of the Hispanic Division. Schadl has more than 16 years of teaching and library experience.Schadl was curator of the Latin American collections at the University of New Mexico (2008-2018), where she managed Latin American, Iberian and U.S. Latino acquisitions, related library instruction and community outreach.Prior to this work, Schadl...
    • Date: 2018-10-15
  • October 12, 2018  (18-133)
    200th Anniversary of Frankenstein for Halloween at the Library It has been 200 years since English novelist Mary Shelley captured our imagination with the gothic classic "Frankenstein." To commemorate this bicentennial the Library of Congress will host “Frankenreads,” a Bloomsday-style public read-athon of the novel in its entirety on Oct. 31 in the Library’s Main Reading Room. The reading will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. Tickets are not...
    • Date: 2018-10-12
  • October 11, 2018  (18-131)
    Library's Koussevitzky Foundation Announces 2018 Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere performances of the newly composed works. Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Stefano Gervasoni and the Divertimento Ensemble of Milan, Huck Hodge and...
    • Date: 2018-10-11
  • October 4, 2018  (18-119)
    Library of Congress Announces Winner of 2018 Holland Prize Coinciding with World Architecture Day on Oct. 1, the Library of Congress and the National Park Service (NPS) announced today the 2018 recipients of Leicester B. Holland Prize, honoring outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing. A survey drawing of Daniel Chester French’s studio, by the team of Tenzin Nyandak and Grace Meloy, and led by Ashley Wilson of the National Trust for Historic...
    • Date: 2018-10-04
  • October 2, 2018  (18-126)
    U.S. Poet Laureate Brings Poetry to Podcast and Radio Audiences with 'The Slowdown' U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will soon bring the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as host of a weekday podcast and radio feature titled “The Slowdown.”The five-minute program encourages listeners to make a daily space for poetry in an increasingly busy and chaotic world. “Poetry isn’t an escape or even a luxury,” Smith said. “I’d argue it’s a necessity, a...
    • Date: 2018-10-02
  • October 1, 2018  (18-123)
    New Digitally-Enabled and User-Centered Plan Enriches the Library of Congress Experience Following more than a year of exploration, research and input from staff and experts, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced a new strategic plan, “Enriching the Library Experience.”In executing this strategic plan over the next five years, the agency will make a decisive shift to be more user-centered, digitally-enabled and data-driven. The new strategy is now available to the public online at...
    • Date: 2018-10-01

September 2018

  • September 26, 2018  (18-125)
    National Screening Room of Free Motion Pictures Now Online The Library of Congress announced today that it has digitized hundreds of hours of motion pictures that will be freely available on the newly launched National Screening Room website. Most of the content in the National Screening Room is in the public domain. Movies that the Library believes to be in the public domain are fully downloadable. Permissions were granted for the inclusion of...
    • Date: 2018-09-26
  • September 24, 2018  (18-124)
    International Superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan Named Recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that husband-and-wife team Emilio and Gloria Estefan are the next recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The honorees represent two historic firsts for the prize – the first time it has been awarded to a married couple or to musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent.The Estefans symbolize the rich cultural diversity of the American...
    • Date: 2018-09-24