News from the Library of Congress

May 2018

April 2018

  • April 30, 2018  (18-058)
    Letters to Lyrics: Library Displays Alexander Hamilton's Papers Linked to Hit Musical Letters and documents from the papers of Alexander Hamilton will be displayed at the Library of Congress this summer, offering a glimpse at the original source material for key themes and lyrics in the hit musical “Hamilton” as the show visits the Kennedy Center.Ten items were selected for the display, “Letters to Lyrics: Alexander Hamilton at the Library of Congress,” which opens May 19....
    • Date: 2018-04-30
  • April 27, 2018  (18-055)
    Library of Congress Facilitates Access to Collections Through Innovative Technology The Library of Congress has launched three new online interactive sites that highlight creative ways to facilitate the accessibility of thousands of collections, using the Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based tool to create story maps.Presenting the information in a curated format, story maps allow users to combine text, images and multimedia content in an online application that tells stories through data and the capabilities of...
    • Date: 2018-04-27
  • April 25, 2018  (18-052)
    Library of Congress and Bibliothèque Nationale de France Announce Collaboration on International Digital Content Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Laurence Engel, president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), today announced a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the BnF to provide digital content for a new online space for collections relating to shared French-American history. The initiative will also be supported by other U.S. organizations, including the National Archives. During the special visit to the...
    • Date: 2018-04-25
  • April 23, 2018  (18-049)
    Library of Congress Appoints Inaugural Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress today announced the appointment of Stephen Houston, an anthropologist, archaeologist and epigrapher, as the inaugural Jay I. Kislak chair for the study of the history and cultures of the early Americas. He will begin his tenure in September 2018. While at the Library, Houston will work on a project titled “Classic Choreography: The Meaning...
    • Date: 2018-04-23
  • April 23, 2018  (18-057)
    Columnist Anne Applebaum Kicks Off a Busy May at Library's Kluge Center From a timely look at the impact of “fake news” with Anne Applebaum to an exploration of the formation of Italian-American heritage as told by the spread of opera, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress has an extraordinary line-up of public events scheduled for May. The major theme with these events is American democracy. All of the following events are...
    • Date: 2018-04-23
  • April 20, 2018  (18-A06)
    Jefferson Building Delayed Opening April 25 Due to a special event on Wednesday, Apr. 25, the Thomas Jefferson Building will have a delayed opening of 10 a.m. to the public. The Great Hall, all exhibitions, the Library Shop in the Jefferson building as well as the West Main doors, West Basement (Carriage) doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will not be open to the public until 10 a.m.Researchers with...
    • Date: 2018-04-20
  • April 20, 2018  (18-047)
    Library Celebrates Children's Book Week The Library of Congress will celebrate Children’s Book Week with the annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program on May 3, featuring the story behind the discovery and publication of “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,”a previously unfinished Mark Twain folk tale brought to life by Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator couple Philip and Erin Stead. This discussion is being hosted by the Library’s Young Readers...
    • Date: 2018-04-20
  • April 20, 2018  (18-051)
    Librarian of Congress Announces New Director of Digital Strategy Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that she has appointed Kate Zwaard as the Library’s director of digital strategy, a position Hayden established to elevate the institution’s digital planning and drive envisioning and collaboration around digital initiatives. “When I think of the resources of the Library of Congress, married with the capabilities of today’s technology, the possibilities are almost limitless,” Hayden said. “This...
    • Date: 2018-04-20
  • April 19, 2018  (18-043)
    Veterans History Project Hosts Panel Discussion on Effects of PTSD in Crime and Rehabilitation The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, will host a panel discussion on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans and how to support those who have run afoul of the law by providing appropriate treatment.The panel of experts, in honor of Memorial Day and in anticipation of National PTSD Awareness Month,...
    • Date: 2018-04-19
  • April 18, 2018  (18-045)
    Women in Entertainment Headline World Intellectual Property Day World Intellectual Property Day, observed on April 26 since 2000, marks the date in 1970 when the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Convention came into force. In celebration of this significant moment in history, the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress will feature prominent speakers discussing the myriad ways women have shaped creativity and innovation. This year’s theme, announced by WIPO, is...
    • Date: 2018-04-18
  • April 17, 2018  (18-044)
    Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The Library announced the digitization today in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17, 1790.The Franklin papers consist of approximately 8,000 items mostly dating from the 1770s and 1780s. These include the petition that...
    • Date: 2018-04-17
  • April 16, 2018  (18-042)
    Library of Congress Digitizes Unique Japanese Censorship Collection The Library of Congress’ Asian Division has digitized its Japanese Censorship Collection, a unique online archive comprising more than 1,000 marked-up copies of government-censored monographs and galley proofs from the 1920s and 1930s in Japan. The collection, originally from the Home Ministry’s library, reveals traces of the otherwise-hidden censorship process of the Japanese government through marginal notes, stamps, penciled lines and commentary inscribed by...
    • Date: 2018-04-16
  • April 10, 2018  (18-038)
    Library Launches Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration with Thousands of Bernstein Items Online In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online—for the first time—musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in the nation’s library. These digital offerings and others nearly tripled the existing content at loc.gov/collections/leonard-bernstein/about-this-collection/. The public can now access for free more than 3,700 items, including photos, writings, correspondence,...
    • Date: 2018-04-10
  • April 9, 2018  (18-041)
    Kluge Center Hosts Conversation on Big Data and Its Impact on Democracy The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is hosting a special conversation with distinguished visiting scholar Martin Hilbert to discuss the impact of big data, computational analysis and machine learning on the democratic process. In this conversation, Hilbert will address both challenges and opportunities presented by emerging big data technologies.Kluge Center director John Haskell will join Hilbert for the discussion, titled...
    • Date: 2018-04-09
  • April 6, 2018  (18-039)
    Main Reading Room Open House on Memorial 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 Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
    • Date: 2018-04-06
  • April 5, 2018  (18-040)
    Book Talk, Special Tour Highlight Library Week Celebration The Library of Congress will celebrate National Library Week (April 8-14) with a special evening event at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, featuring a book talk by Kenneth Breisch, the author of “American Libraries 1730-1950,” followed by an extremely rare opportunity to walk around the gallery level on the third floor of the majestic Main Reading Room and enjoy its architectural wonder as...
    • Date: 2018-04-05
  • April 3, 2018  (18-036)
    Baseball Scouting Reports of Branch Rickey Now Online Baseball scouting reports of one of the most famous baseball executives and scouts in history, Branch Rickey, who was also responsible for helping Jackie Robinson successfully break Major League Baseball’s color line, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The archive was digitized in time for Major League Baseball’s new season and for the...
    • Date: 2018-04-03

March 2018

  • March 30, 2018  (18-032)
    Library Celebrates "Preservation Week: Pass It On" The Library of Congress will celebrate Preservation Week (April 22-28) with a full day of programming on Monday, April 23 highlighting veterans collections. To highlight the preservation methods used to ensure ongoing access to its collections, the Library will host behind-the-scenes tours of its Preservation Directorate on Capitol Hill and a lecture focused on the Library’s work to collect, preserve, and honor the legacies...
    • Date: 2018-03-30
  • March 28, 2018  (18-037)
    Leading Historians, Novelists, Poets and Children's Writers Among Authors to be Featured in 2018 National Book Festival Dozens of best-selling authors, leading historians, American poets and children’s writers will be featured speakers at the 2018 National Book Festival, the Library of Congress announced today. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.This year’s schedule includes a wide-ranging mix of authors and genres.History and BiographyFormer...
    • Date: 2018-03-28
  • March 27, 2018  (18-035)
    Archival Materials of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Now Online Archival materials from one of the most successful political partnerships in history, the collaboration of suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the movement for women’s rights, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress.The collections include about 1,500 items dating primarily from 1840 to 1906 as Anthony and Stanton led the campaign...
    • Date: 2018-03-27
  • March 23, 2018  (18-031)
    The Library's Spring Fling Pop-Up Exhibition Blooms on Capitol Hill The Library of Congress is bringing the feeling of spring to Capitol Hill with a display that explores the history of the beloved Japanese cherry blossoms and the living history of the National Cherry Blossom Festival through archival objects, photographs and art.The Library is hosting “LOC Spring Fling,” a pop-up exhibition exploring the sights, sounds and smells of the spring season through treasures from...
    • Date: 2018-03-23
  • March 22, 2018  (18-034)
    Librarian of Congress Appoints Tracy K. Smith to Second Term as Poet Laureate Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Tracy K. Smith to serve a second term as the nation’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2018-2019. During her second year, Smith will expand her outreach efforts to rural communities and unveil a new anthology to be published in the fall. “I am thrilled that Tracy K. Smith has accepted my invitation to continue sharing...
    • Date: 2018-03-22
  • March 21, 2018  (18-028)
    National Recording Registry Reaches 500 Tony Bennett’s hit single, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; the Latin beat of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”; the timeless soundtrack of “The Sound of Music”; Run-DMC’s 1986 crossover hit album “Raising Hell”; and radio coverage of the birth of the U.N. have been honored for their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the...
    • Date: 2018-03-21
  • March 19, 2018  (18-030)
    2018 Earth and Space Science Talks at the Library of Congress This week, the Library of Congress will kick off the annual Earth and Space Science lecture series, now in its twelfth year. The series is presented in partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Science, Technology, and Business Division at the Library of Congress.The first lecture of the series will be held on Thursday, March 22 featuring Dr. Jonathan Gardener, deputy...
    • Date: 2018-03-19
  • March 19, 2018  (18-033)
    Library of Congress Announces Application-Development Grant Opportunity The Library of Congress today announced that up to $950,000 will be provided to one or more organizations to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications on the subjects of Congress and civics for use in K-12 classrooms.The application deadline is April 30, 2018. For more information about the application requirements and selection criteria, see the “Notice of Funds Availability” at loc.gov/teachers/newsevents.The...
    • Date: 2018-03-19
  • March 16, 2018  (18-015)
    Library of Congress and DC Entertainment Celebrate 80 Years of Superman The Library of Congress will celebrate the 1000th issue of seminal DC comic book series Action Comics, a commemoration of 80 years of Superman, with a live interview featuring DC legends on Thursday, March 29. Former publisher and president of DC, Paul Levitz, will join famed DC writer and artist Dan Jurgens, known for his work on the Superman series and the pop culture...
    • Date: 2018-03-16
  • March 16, 2018  (18-027)
    Laurie A. Neider Appointed Executive Director of FEDLINK Laurie A. Neider, a seasoned manager and library procurement specialist, has been named executive director of the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress, effective April 2.“Laurie is an experienced librarian with the perfect combination of business acumen, contracting expertise and management savvy,” said Jane McAuliffe, director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress, which oversees FEDLINK....
    • Date: 2018-03-16
  • March 15, 2018  (18-029)
    New Book Reveals Artistic Achievements of Women in Illustration A new book presents a survey of the often-neglected artistic achievements of women in cartooning and illustration, featuring more than 250 color illustrations, comic strips and political cartoons, including original art from the collections of the Library of Congress. In “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists,” Martha H. Kennedy, curator of popular and applied graphic art, presents a comprehensive look at the...
    • Date: 2018-03-15
  • March 13, 2018  (18-026)
    Historical Supreme Court Cases Now Online More than 225 years of Supreme Court decisions acquired by the Library of Congress are now publicly available online – free to access in a page image format for the first time. The Library has made available more than 35,000 cases that were published in the printed bound editions of United States Reports (U.S. Reports).United States Reports is a series of bound case reporters...
    • Date: 2018-03-13
  • March 9, 2018  (18-025)
    Library Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Literacy Awards Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.These awards, which were created by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein in 2013, honor innovative organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and worldwide. The awards also encourage the continuing development of advanced methods for promoting...
    • Date: 2018-03-09
  • March 8, 2018  (18-017)
    Library of Congress Offers Free Spring Activities Spring season brings warm temperatures, fresh flowers and free Library of Congress programming celebrating women in history, poetry, literature, art and science while introducing patrons to international culture and history with lectures, symposiums, book talks and a pop-up display.The Library recently announced the official events that will be held in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival , as well as a host of...
    • Date: 2018-03-08
  • March 7, 2018  (18-018)
    Library Hosts International Disability Rights Panel The Library of Congress Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs will bring together prominent leaders in the field of accessibility for a discussion. The event will highlight what the Library currently does for patrons and staff who have disabilities in addition to best practices for inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts and entertainment.The “International Disability Rights and Inclusive Society Through...
    • Date: 2018-03-07
  • March 7, 2018  (18-024)
    Prize for American Fiction Winner Denis Johnson to Be Honored Posthumously The Library of Congress will honor the late Denis Johnson, winner of the 2017 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, with an event titled “Stories from a Fallen World: A Tribute to Denis Johnson” on Wednesday, March 28. Acclaimed novelists Jonathan Franzen and Elliot Ackerman will join award-winning journalist Sam Quinones and writer and producer Elizabeth Cuthrell in a discussion on the intersections...
    • Date: 2018-03-07
  • March 6, 2018  (18-023)
    Library Conserves, Digitizes Rare Photographs Including Harriet Tubman Portrait The Library of Congress has conserved and digitized an album containing 48 rare photographs dating to the 1860s – including a previously unrecorded portrait of Harriet Tubman and images of other abolitionists – and the album will be exhibited for the first time at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture later this year. Each image was cleaned, digitally scanned and...
    • Date: 2018-03-06
  • March 5, 2018  (18-022)
    Library of Congress Opens Applications for Teacher-in-Residence The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current performing arts or visual arts teachers for a teacher-in-residence position within its Educational Outreach division during the 2018-2019 school year.The program description and application details for the position can be found at loc.gov/teachers/newsevents. Applications are due by Monday, April 9.The Educational Outreach division develops and delivers teaching materials and programs to make the Library’s unparalleled...
    • Date: 2018-03-05

February 2018

  • February 27, 2018  (18-020)
    Library of Congress and Imagination Library Announce Story Time Events For Young Readers Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library today announced a monthly reading program for young readers at the Library of Congress.For six months, from March through August, the Library’s Young Readers Center will host story time on the last Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are...
    • Date: 2018-02-27
  • February 26, 2018  (18-009)
    NLS Rolls Out New Outreach Campaign to Improve Accessibility The Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) today launched a major outreach campaign to educate the public about the free services it provides to U.S. residents and American citizens abroad with visual impairments and other disabilities.NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness or a physical...
    • Date: 2018-02-26