News from the Library of Congress

May 1997

  • May 15, 1997  (97-072)
    First Printed English New Testament To Be Displayed at the Library of Congress PRESS PREVIEW Monday, June 2 - 2 p.m. Thomas Jefferson Building 10 First St. S.E.The first printed English translation of the New Testament will be on view at the Library of Congress from June 4 to September 6 in an exhibition titled "Let There Be Light: William Tyndale and the Making of the English Bible.""By integrating history, theology and literature, this exhibition tells the...
    • Date: 1997-05-15
  • May 9, 1997  (97-050)
    "Great American Portraits" Local Celebrities Present Readings from The Book of Eulogies On Wednesday, May 14, author Phyllis Theroux will moderate a special program of readings by well-known Americans about Americans. The spoken portraits will be drawn from her new book, The Book of Eulogies, just published by Scribners. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building. No tickets are required for this free event, part of the Center...
    • Date: 1997-05-09
  • May 1, 1997  (97-071)
    Library of Congress Exhibition Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan On June 2, the Library of Congress will open an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, which extended aid to Europe in the aftermath of World War II.The exhibition, located in the Current Events Corridor on the first floor of the James Madison Building, features newspapers, cartoons, photographs and other material on the origins and impact of the Marshall Plan....
    • Date: 1997-05-01

April 1997

  • April 24, 1997  (97-075)
    Zora Neale Hurston Playscripts Found in the Library of Congress Little-known copies of typescripts of four sketches and six plays by Zora Neale Hurston have been identified through a recent search of old copyright records and are available to researchers at the Library of Congress.Between 1925 and 1944, the author deposited these carbon typescripts for copyright protection as unpublished dramas, and the Library retained them. A 1992 finding aid for nonbook Hurston materials in...
    • Date: 1997-04-24
  • April 23, 1997  (97-076)
    Same-Day/Advance Tickets To Be Available for "American Treasures of the Library of Congress" Same-day and advance tickets will be available for the "American Treasures of the Library of Congress" exhibition. Highlights of this major permanent exhibition include the first extant book printed in America, the earliest known baseball card, the contents of Lincoln's pockets on the night of his assassination and a photograph of the Wright brothers' first flight taken at the instant of takeoff.Due to the...
    • Date: 1997-04-23
  • April 22, 1997  (97-053)
    Library and Rounder Records Release First in Folk Music Series The Library of Congress and Rounder Records have released the first two compact discs of American folk music in a series reissued from the legendary Library of Congress folk music albums. "Negro Blues and Hollers" (Rounder CD 1501), originally edited by Marshall Stearns and issued in 1962, features African American musical traditions from the Mississippi Delta country, recorded by Alan Lomax from the Library...
    • Date: 1997-04-22
  • April 21, 1997  (97-073)
    Program Celebrates Polish-American Friendship A program devoted to the long tradition of Polish- American friendship will be held May 2 from noon until 2 p.m. in the new European Reading Room. The program is the first public event in the new quarters for the reading room, now located adjacent to the Great Hall in the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First St., S.E. It is one of three...
    • Date: 1997-04-21
  • April 16, 1997  (97-065)
    Zora Neale Hurston Playscripts Found in the Library of Congress Little known copies of typescripts of four sketches and six plays by Zora Neale Hurston have been identified through a recent search of old copyright records. Between 1925 and 1944 the author deposited these carbon typescripts for copyright protection as unpublished dramas, and the Library retained them. A 1992 finding aid for non-book Hurston materials in the Library of Congress had not included the...
    • Date: 1997-04-16
  • April 16, 1997  (97-066)
    Copyright Office Initiates Second CORDS Test Site For Digital Copyright Registration and Deposit System The U.S. Copyright Office has just opened its second test site for the CORDS System (Copyright Office Electronic Registration, Recordation and Deposit System). Stanford University is cooperating with the Copyright Office to test the new electronic registration and deposit system that receives copyright applications, deposited works, and related documents transmitted in digital form over international communications networks such as the Internet, and processes them...
    • Date: 1997-04-16
  • April 16, 1997  (97-074)
    Press Preview of "American Treasures" Exhibition A press preview of "American Treasures of the Library of Congress," the first permanent exhibition of rare and significant items in the history of the Library of Congress, will be held from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. (The ground floor entrance will be open for individuals with equipment...
    • Date: 1997-04-16
  • April 10, 1997  (97-064)
    American History Collections From Across the U.S. To Go On-Line Through Library of Congress/Ameritech Awards Ten libraries from across the United States today have been given awards totaling $600,000 through a partnership between the Library of Congress and Ameritech to digitize historically significant American collections and make them available for the first time via the Internet.As a result, some of America's treasured past from regions throughout the country -- such as 19th century sheet music, photographs documenting the settlement...
    • Date: 1997-04-10
  • April 9, 1997  (97-063)
    Hong Kong Exhibit, "From Fishing Village to Financial Center", Opens with May 30 Symposium The Asian Division of the Library of Congress will open a unique exhibition on Hong Kong, titled "From Fishing Village to Financial Center," with a symposium May 30."The exhibition highlights the Library's rich Asian collection, and provides the public with an informed chronicle of a city's metamorphosis that is unique in the history of the world," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.The exhibition...
    • Date: 1997-04-09
  • April 9, 1997  (97-070)
    Winners of the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition To Be Announced WHEN: Thursday, April 10, at 2 p.m. EDT; 1 pm. CDT; 12 p.m. MDT; and 11 a.m. PDT.WHO:James H. Billington, the Librarian of CongressLana Porter, President Ameritech Library ServicesGeorge Farr, Director of the Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the HumanitiesRepresentatives from two of the winning institutions.WHAT: Announcement of the first winners in the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition, which...
    • Date: 1997-04-09
  • April 7, 1997  (97-051)
    Library of Congress Marks Public Reopening of the Thomas Jefferson Building with Community Event To herald the completion of the decade-long restoration and modernization of the Library's original 1897 Thomas Jefferson Building and to celebrate its centenary, the Library is inviting the metropolitan area community for a free "Festival of Cultures" on Sunday, May 4. The event is supported by The Xerox Foundation, which is also funding the exhibition, "American Treasures of the Library of Congress" that opens...
    • Date: 1997-04-07
  • April 7, 1997  (97-067)
    60th Anniversary of "Rivers of America" Book Series Celebrated at the Library of Congress on April 9 and 10, 1997 More than a dozen authors, illustrators and editors of the Rivers of America book series were honored at the Library of Congress on April 9 and 10."This remarkable series of 65 books, published from 1937 to 1974, emphasized good writing, regional and local history, and an intense and admirable concern for place and community," said Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole, who...
    • Date: 1997-04-07
  • April 7, 1997  (97-068)
    Center for the Book Announces Four-Year "Rivers of America" Project The literary, historical, and environmental heritage of America's rivers will be examined and celebrated in Rivers of America, a new Center for the Book educational project."Our Rivers of America project will continue through the year 2000, when the Library of Congress marks its bicentennial," said John Y. Cole, the center's director. "The kickoff was on April 9 and 10, when the Center for the...
    • Date: 1997-04-07
  • April 7, 1997  (97-069)
    1997 Student Winners of River of Words Poetry and Art Contest Winners To Be Honored at the Library of Congress May 3 On May 3, the Center for the Book, in cooperation with the International Rivers Network, will host the 1997 student winners of the River of Words national environmental poetry and art contest for young people in grades K-12. The winning works of art will be on display in the foyer of the Library's Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial...
    • Date: 1997-04-07
  • April 2, 1997  (97-057)
    Children's Literature Center Spring Celebration Features Artist Remy Charlip Artist, writer, choreographer Remy Charlip will be the special guest at the annual spring program of the Children's Literature Center in the Library of Congress on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m.The program, held in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Telephone the...
    • Date: 1997-04-02

March 1997

  • March 31, 1997  (97-056)
    Library of Congress Presents JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski On May 7, the nationally acclaimed JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski will present the premiere performance of Among These Cares, created by two major artists in the world of jazz: choreographer Danny Buraczeski and pianist-composer Sir Roland Hanna. The work was commissioned by the Music Division of the Library of Congress, in conjunction with Pennsylvania State University and the Watson B. Duncan Theatre, Palm Beach...
    • Date: 1997-03-31
  • March 30, 1997  (97-059)
    Library of Congress Presents the American Chamber Players On Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m., the American Chamber Players will appear under the auspices of the Library of Congress Concert Series at the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.Two works by the Chicago-based violist and composer Max Raimi will be featured on the concert, his Variations on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman, K. 265,...
    • Date: 1997-03-30
  • March 28, 1997  (97-060)
    Librarian Appoints Robert Pinsky Poet Laureate Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced the appointment of Robert Pinsky to be the Library's ninth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He will take up his duties in the fall of 1997, opening the Library's annual literary series in October with a reading of his work. Mr. Pinsky succeeds Robert Hass (whose term ends this May). Robert Hass, who served two years...
    • Date: 1997-03-28
  • March 27, 1997  (97-042)
    On-Line Preview Heralds "American Treasures of the Library of Congress" Exhibition An on-line preview of the upcoming exhibition "American Treasures of the Library of Congress" will be available on the World Wide Web beginning March 27.The preview heralds the Library's exhibition of the same name, which features American books, films, photographs, music scores, cartoons, drawings, manuscripts and such objects as the contents of Abraham Lincoln's pockets the night he was assassinated."This preview is an introduction...
    • Date: 1997-03-27
  • March 26, 1997  (97-062)
    Library of Congress To Hold Demonstration of On-Line Initiatives at American Association of School Librarians A special presentation of the Library of Congress Learning Page will be given during the conference of the American Association of School Librarians on April 5 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 113 of the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Demonstrations will also be available at the Library's exhibition booth, No. 304.The Learning Page (http://www.loc.gov/teachers), an initiative of the National Digital Library (NDL) Program, is...
    • Date: 1997-03-26
  • March 25, 1997  (97-034)
    Library of Congress Publishes Revelations from the Russian Archives With the opening of the vast Communist Party archives, the Library of Congress had the opportunity to display Soviet documents for its exhibition "Revelations from the Russian Archives," in 1992. Now the Library has published Revelations from the Russian Archives: Documents in English Translation, a compendium of English translations of all the documents exhibited at the Library, documents that shed new light on the...
    • Date: 1997-03-25
  • March 25, 1997  (97-049)
    Library of Congress Film Festival Celebrates Earth Day 1997 The Library of Congress will observe Earth Day 1997 with a free film festival in the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.Films on environmental topics will be shown from noon to 5 p.m. on April 21 and 22. The films are free with no tickets required.The Library's commemoration of Earth Day began in 1990, on...
    • Date: 1997-03-25
  • March 25, 1997  (97-054)
    More States To Be Visited by the National Film Registry Tour The National Film Registry Tour continues in its effort to reach all 50 states with the announcement of three new sites by James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress. Indiana, Missouri and Wyoming will play host to this unique traveling film program this spring, bringing the number of states visited to 20. The tour features 36 wide-ranging film titles from the National Film Registry...
    • Date: 1997-03-25
  • March 25, 1997  (97-058)
    'Today in History' Debuts on American Memory Page of the National Digital Library Web Page Beginning April 1, the Library will offer "Today in History" from its American Memory home page of on-line collections from the Library of Congress."Today in History" is designed to present daily historical facts highlighted by materials from the American Memory collections, available at http://www.loc.gov/.For example, April 1 provides links to Life History Manuscripts, which includes memories of April Fools' Day before the turn of...
    • Date: 1997-03-25
  • March 24, 1997  (97-055)
    Richard Reeves to Deliver Goldman Memorial Lecture Author and filmmaker Richard Reeves will deliver the fifth annual Joanna Jackson Goldman Lecture on American Civilization and Government, titled "Journalism: New, Old, or Dead," on Thursday, April 10, at 8 p.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building. No tickets are required.In an era when the public role of the media is open to continuous examination and criticism, Richard Reeves is concerned...
    • Date: 1997-03-24
  • March 21, 1997  (97-047)
    Miss America 1997 Officially Opens Library of Congress's New Reading Promotion Campaign Tara Holland, Miss America 1997, joined Librarian of Congress James H. Billington at the Library of Congress on March 21 to launch "Building a Nation of Readers," the Library's national reading promotion campaign for 1997-2000. She also participated in a drawing to select the National Reading Is Fundamental Reader for 1997. "Literacy is the key to America's future," she said. "The 'Building a Nation...
    • Date: 1997-03-21
  • March 20, 1997  (97-048)
    Poets Laureate Reunion, Milosz, and Christian Poetry Highlight National Poetry Month In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Library of Congress will hold three poetry programs of special interest in April. On Thursday, April 3, at 6:45 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, Czeslaw Milosz, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980, will read his poetry and converse with Poet Laureate Robert Hass. On Thursday, April 17, at 6:45 p.m. in the Mumford Room,...
    • Date: 1997-03-20
  • March 20, 1997  (97-052)
    Secretary of Education to Join Library of Congress Literacy Event At 10 a.m. on Friday, March 21, Tara Holland, Miss America, will be at the Library of Congress in the Mumford Room for a number of events. She will open an exhibition of 26 photographs from the book Library: The Drama Within, unveil a new reading poster produced by Jim Henson Productions, draw the name of the National winner for a children's "reading challenge"...
    • Date: 1997-03-20
  • March 17, 1997  (97-045)
    Library of Congress To Honor Robert Mann on April 7 The Library of Congress will celebrate Robert Mann's 50 years as founder and first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet with a special concert on Monday, April 7, at 8 p.m. The concert will be presented at the National Academy of Sciences auditorium, 2100 C St. N.W. There will be a reception immediately following the concert.Mr. Mann will join his colleagues in the Juilliard...
    • Date: 1997-03-17
  • March 13, 1997  (97-041)
    National Film Board Appointments Announced Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced the names of 40 distinguished Americans who will serve as members and alternates on the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB). (See list below.)Created by Congress in 1988, the NFPB was most recently authorized by Congress with passage of the National Film Preservation Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-285). The members of the board represent the full...
    • Date: 1997-03-13
  • March 13, 1997  (97-046)
    Miss America To Announce National Reading Promotion Tara Holland, Miss America, will announce a national reading promotion campaign sponsored by the Center for the Book on Friday, March 21, at 10 a.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.In addition to opening an exhibition of 26 photographs from the book Library: The Drama Within and unveiling a new reading poster produced...
    • Date: 1997-03-13
  • March 12, 1997  (97-040)
    "An Evening with Czeslaw Milosz" at the Library of Congress On Thursday evening, April 3, Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz will read from his work in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Robert Hass will introduce Mr. Milosz and will discuss his work with him. The program, which is presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund,...
    • Date: 1997-03-12
  • March 12, 1997  (97-044)
    New Photo Exhibit Features Libraries and Their Users "Library: The Drama Within," an exhibition of 26 photographs that celebrate libraries and their users throughout the world, will be on view in the Mumford Foyer on the sixth floor of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building from March 21 through May 31. The work of photographer Diane Asseo Griliches, the photographs are from the book Library: The Drama Within, which was published in...
    • Date: 1997-03-12
  • March 11, 1997  (97-035)
    Miss America To Launch National Reading Campaign Tara Holland, Miss America, will announce a national reading promotion campaign sponsored by the Center for the Book on Friday, March 21, at 10 a.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Library of Congress James Madision Memorial Building, 101 Indpendence Ave. S.E.She also will open an exhibition of 26 photographs from the book Library: The Drama Within and unveil the design for a new...
    • Date: 1997-03-11
  • March 10, 1997  (97-036)
    Poets Forrest Gander and Stanley Plumly To Read at the Library of Congress On Thursday evening, March 20, poets Forrest Gander and Stanley Plumly will read from their work in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. The reading, which is presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund, will begin at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are not required.Forrest Gander grew up in Virginia and holds degrees...
    • Date: 1997-03-10
  • March 10, 1997  (97-039)
    Library of Congress Publishes USMARC Code List for Languages The USMARC Code List for Languages, 1996 edition, is now available from the Cataloging Distribution Service of the Library of Congress. The USMARC Code List for Languages contains a list of languages and their associated three-character alphabetic codes that allow for the designation of the language or languages in USMARC records. There are codes for individual languages and language groups. This revision of the...
    • Date: 1997-03-10
  • March 7, 1997  (97-037)
    Mitchell Family of Civil Rights Activists Gives Papers to the Library of Congress Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced an agreement to acquire the papers of the Mitchell family of civil rights activists."The Mitchell papers are believed to be the most important unprocessed archive on the modern civil rights era. The acquisition of these materials will be a great advantage to scholars and researchers because it makes the Library virtually unparalleled for the study of...
    • Date: 1997-03-07
  • March 7, 1997  (97-038)
    New Audio Preservation System To Be Demonstrated The Library of Congress will present a demonstration of a new state-of-the-art system for preserving and restoring its historic sound recordings on Thursday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m. in room LM119 of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.The system provides the highest quality playback, monitoring, and recording capability for preserving the nearly 3 million audio recordings in the Library's collections, in both digital...
    • Date: 1997-03-07

February 1997

  • February 25, 1997  (97-024)
    Library of Congress Names Music Division Chief Jon W. Newsom, a 30-year Library of Congress veteran who has been serving as acting chief of the Music Division since January 1995, was recently named chief of the division.Mr. Newsom, who also served as acting chief from 1985 to 1987, began his career at the Library in the Music Division in October 1966 as a music reference librarian. He also worked as a...
    • Date: 1997-02-25
  • February 25, 1997  (97-030)
    Correction: Chilean Writers The Feb. 6 press release titled "Library of Congress Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Well-known Chilean Writers" incorrectly includes Isabel Allende as one of the three authors participating in the Feb. 27 event in the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building at 10 a.m. Ms. Allende is not attending the roundtable discussion.
    • Date: 1997-02-25
  • February 25, 1997  (97-031)
    Sen. Larry Pressler To Speak at FLICC Forum on Information Policies Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.), author of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and Lawrence K. Grossman, past president of both NBC News and PBS, will join other communications and information experts at the 14th Annual FLICC Forum on "Clear Signals? Telecommunications, Convergence and the Quality of Information."The Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) of the Library of Congress will host the forum on March...
    • Date: 1997-02-25
  • February 25, 1997  (97-032)
    American Chamber Players Concert Rescheduled to April 1 The date of the American Chamber Players concert originally scheduled to be presented by the Library of Congress on April 3 has been changed to April 1. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.The American Chamber Players, led by violist and "Performance Today" commentator Miles Hoffman, return to the Library...
    • Date: 1997-02-25
  • February 25, 1997  (97-033)
    Book Historian To Speak at Library of Congress on March 5 Richard W. Clement, author of The Book in America, with Images from the Library of Congress, will speak at the Library at noon on Wednesday, March 5. Sponsored by the Center for the Book, the presentation will take place in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. It is open to the public.Published last year by Fulcrum Publishing...
    • Date: 1997-02-25
  • February 21, 1997  (97-027)
    Great Hall of Library of Congress Closed 10 a.m to Noon February 25 The Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, located at 10 First Street S.E., will open at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 25, instead of 10 a.m. for security reasons because of the visit of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.The first public tour for that day will begin at 1 p.m.Researchers and other users of the research facilities of the...
    • Date: 1997-02-21
  • February 21, 1997  (97-029)
    Portraits of Presidents and First Ladies Now Available from American Memory On-Line Collections Portraits of all U.S. presidents and most of the first ladies are available from the Library's American Memory on- line collections at http://www.loc.gov/.The materials are from the Library's incomparable collection of visual materials in the Prints and Photographs Division. The selected images include at least one likeness of the 41 men who have been president and most of the first ladies.Prints and Photographs Division...
    • Date: 1997-02-21
  • February 10, 1997  (97-018)
    Library of Congress To Hold Second Preservation Awareness Workshop for Public on April 15 If you're like most people, you probably have old family photographs, important papers, special books in your home that are fading, yellowing and growing ever more fragile -- but you don't know what to do to conserve them. The Library of Congress Preservation Directorate is holding its second annual workshop to help you learn more about handling, cleaning and storing these valuable materials.The first...
    • Date: 1997-02-10
  • February 7, 1997  (97-021)
    Concerts from the Library of Congress Go On-Line with Website The Library of Congress concert series leaps into cyberspace this season with its new home page. Modeled after the 1996-97 season brochure, the concert home page includes the entire season at a glance. In addition, each event has its own link to repertoire and artist information, and it can be accessed from the concert home page with just a click of the mouse. The...
    • Date: 1997-02-07