News from the Library of Congress

December 2001

  • December 31, 2001  (01-183)
    Public Events at the Library of Congress: January - April 2002 Events subject to change. All phone numbers are 202 area code. All events are free and open to the public.
    • Date: 2001-12-31
  • December 21, 2001  (01-187)
    Fellowship in Caricature and Cartoon Offered The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, currently located in the Library of Congress, is again accepting applications for its graduate fellowship. The Swann Foundation awards one fellowship annually (with a stipend of $15,000) to support continuing scholarly research and writing in the field of caricature and cartoon. Completed applications are due February 15, 2002, and notification will occur in spring...
    • Date: 2001-12-21
  • December 21, 2001  (01-186)
    Frederick Law Olmsted's Residential Designs To Be Discussed on Tuesday, January 29 Charles E. Beveridge, editor of the papers of American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, will present an illustrated talk about Olmsted's residential designs at 12 noon, Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" author series, the program is cosponsored with the Gardens and Landscape...
    • Date: 2001-12-21
  • December 21, 2001  (01-185)
    Library of Congress, Mystic Seaport Collaborate on Initiative for Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Users The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress and Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea, in Mystic, Conn., jointly announce a group of major accessibility initiatives for America's blind and physically handicapped individuals.
    • Date: 2001-12-21
  • December 21, 2001  (01-155)
    Saving the Written Word: Library of Congress Awards Mass Deacidification Contract The Library has awarded a contract to Pittsburgh-based Preservation Technologies L.P. (PTLP) that will save 1 million books and at least 5 million manuscript sheets from further acid deterioration.
    • Date: 2001-12-21
  • December 18, 2001  (01-184)
    Librarian of Congress Names 25 More Films to National Film Registry Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced his annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be added to the National Film Registry (see attached list). This group of titles brings the total number of films placed on the Registry to 325.
    • Date: 2001-12-18
  • December 11, 2001  (01-180)
    Future Events from the Center for the Book The following programs are scheduled as part of the Center for the Book "Books & Beyond" author series. All programs are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
    • Date: 2001-12-11
  • December 11, 2001  (01-178)
    Hawaii Center for the Book Approved The Library of Congress has approved a proposal from the Hawaii State Library for the creation of a Hawaii Center for the Book that will be affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2001-12-11
  • December 10, 2001  (01-177)
    New Jersey Center for the Book Approved The Library of Congress has approved a proposal to create a New Jersey Center for the Book that will be affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The New Jersey Center for the Book will be hosted by the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick, N.J. It...
    • Date: 2001-12-10
  • December 4, 2001  (01-181)
    American Folklife Center Places Historic Voices of Day After December 7, 1941 on Web Site On December 7, the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress will place on its Web site a selection of audio recordings made the day after the "day which will live in infamy." Featured in this online presentation are 12 selections, in MP3 format, recorded in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Burlington, North Carolina; and Dallas. The selections range in time from 30...
    • Date: 2001-12-04
  • December 4, 2001  (01-179)
    Scores and Books About Music Now Available on Web-Braille Music scores and books about music have been added to Web-Braille, a program of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the Library of Congress that makes books and other materials available online in braille. More than 250 music items are now available with more material to be added as it is produced.
    • Date: 2001-12-04

November 2001

  • November 28, 2001  (01-176)
    Poet Laureate Billy Collins Will Read at the Library of Congress on December 6 Billy Collins, the Library's Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2001- 2002,will read from his work on Thursday, December 6. His reading, originally scheduled for October 25, was postponed due to the closing of the Library buildings that week.
    • Date: 2001-11-28
  • November 28, 2001  (01-173)
    Library Of Congress Launches New Security Web Site The Library of Congress has developed a security awareness Web site to inform public users about the Library's security practices and requirements.
    • Date: 2001-11-28
  • November 23, 2001  (01-175)
    Margaret Mead Exhibition Opens at Library of Congress November 30 The Library of Congress commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the renowned -- and ofttimes controversial -- anthropologist Margaret Mead with an exhibition of some 150 items drawn from the large collection of letters, diaries, field notes, drawings, photographs, sound recordings and film that she gave to the Library before her death in 1978.
    • Date: 2001-11-23
  • November 23, 2001  (01-174)
    Library of Congress Welcomes Visitors The Library of Congress would like to remind the public that all exhibitions and reading rooms remain open during the holiday season.
    • Date: 2001-11-23
  • November 16, 2001  (01-172)
    Veterans History Project Seeks World War I Veterans' Histories The Library of Congress and its American Folklife Center are urgently seeking the assistance of Americans throughout the nation to identify World War I veterans in their communities who are willing to be interviewed about their wartime memories and experiences.
    • Date: 2001-11-16
  • November 15, 2001  (01-171)
    Swiss Books Presented to Library of Congress The Library of Congress today received a donation of nearly 300 books from the Arts Council of Switzerland, Pro Helvetia. The ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, Christian Blickenstorfer, presented the books today to the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, in a brief ceremony.
    • Date: 2001-11-15
  • November 13, 2001  (01-168)
    Library Appoints New Director of Development Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announces the appointment of David R. Terry as Director of Development, effective Oct. 25.
    • Date: 2001-11-13
  • November 8, 2001  (01-170)
    Librarian of Congress Inaugurates Council To Lead Veterans History Project Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the leadership and founding private sector sponsor for the Veterans History Project, a program that was established by Congress last year to record the first person accounts of those who defended the country during wartime. The Librarian said that AARP, the nation's leading organization for people 50 and over, has agreed to become the project's founding...
    • Date: 2001-11-08
  • November 8, 2001  (01-163)
    Librarian of Congress Inaugurates Council to Lead Veterans History Project Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will announce 100 partners participating in the Veterans History Project and the founding sponsorship by AARP, the nation's leading organization for people 50 and over, at the first meeting of the Five-Star Council on Thursday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Members Room of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.
    • Date: 2001-11-08
  • November 6, 2001  (01-169)
    Library of Congress Acquires the Jackie Robinson Papers Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson's widow, has given his papers to the Library of Congress. Comprehensive in scope, the collection of more than 7,000 items richly chronicles all aspects of Robinson's life -- the early years through college, military service, baseball career, corporate career and business interests, civil rights activities, involvement in politics, media activities and humanitarian concerns. The Jackie Robinson Papers also document the...
    • Date: 2001-11-06
  • November 6, 2001  (01-135)
    Rescheduled Event Joanne B. Freeman, assistant professor of history at Yale University and author of the widely acclaimed book Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic (Yale University Press, 2001), will speak at the Library of Congress at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. She will discuss both Affairs of...
    • Date: 2001-11-06
  • November 5, 2001  (01-167)
    YUKOS Oil Company Donates $1 Million to Library for Efforts Focused on Russia Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced a gift of $1 million from the YUKOS Oil Company in support of two significant efforts at the Library focusing on Russia. Dr. Billington and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, YUKOS Chairman and CEO, met today at the Library to discuss the programs that YUKOS's gift will assist.
    • Date: 2001-11-05
  • November 1, 2001  (01-166)
    Readings by Five Poets at the Library of Congress Who Are Finalists for the Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award On Thursday evening, November 15, the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center and the Phi Beta Kappa Society will present five poets reading from their own work at 7 p.m. in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. Tickets are not required. The poets are Amy Gerstler, Kenneth Koch, Ann Lauterbach, Charles North, and Dara Weir. The...
    • Date: 2001-11-01
  • November 1, 2001  (01-165)
    Public Service Announcement THE AMERICAN FOLKLIFE CENTER WILL PRESENT TWO DAYS OF FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS ON AMERICAN FOLKLIFE ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AND 16. THE ALL-DAY PROGRAMS BEGIN EACH DAY AT 9:30 A.M. AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS JEFFERSON BUILDING.
    • Date: 2001-11-01
  • November 1, 2001  (01-156)
    New Documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" To Be Previewed at Library of Congress December 14 As part of "I Hear America Singing," a major initiative to celebrate this nation's rich musical heritage, the Music Division of the Library of Congress will present a preview showing of "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," a new documentary film from the Rimshot LLC production company.
    • Date: 2001-11-01

October 2001

  • October 30, 2001  (01-151)
    Library of Congress Publishes Annual Report for 2000 The Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress for 2000 is now available to the public. This special Bicentennial issue was submitted to Congress earlier by Librarian James H. Billington and accepted by the legislative body.
    • Date: 2001-10-30
  • October 26, 2001  (01-158)
    New Games, Activities and Reading Lists Added To America's Library Web Site for Kids and Families Many new interactive features have recently been added to the highly successful America's Library Web site for kids and families at www.americaslibrary.gov.
    • Date: 2001-10-26
  • October 25, 2001  (01-162)
    Library of Congress Reopens to Public on October 26 The Library of Congress will reopen the Jefferson, Adams and Madison buildings to the public on October 26.
    • Date: 2001-10-25
  • October 24, 2001  (01-161)
    Library Closed to Public Oct. 25 The Library of Congress will be closed to the public on Thursday, October 25.
    • Date: 2001-10-24
  • October 22, 2001  (01-160)
    Building Opening Status The Library of Congress expects to announce by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23 when its Capitol Hill buildings will be open.
    • Date: 2001-10-22
  • October 17, 2001  (01-159)
    Library of Congress Buildings Temporarily Closed All Library of Congress buildings will be closed to the public and staff beginning Thursday, October 18 until such time as testing of the air supply systems is completed by the Centers for Disease Control.
    • Date: 2001-10-17
  • October 16, 2001  (01-157)
    Library of Congress Buildings Closed to Most Tourists Effective October 17, the three Library of Congress buildings on Capitol Hill will be closed to walk-in tourists and groups until further notice.
    • Date: 2001-10-16
  • October 16, 2001  (01-154)
    Albert Schweitzer Wind Quintet November 16 Concert Canceled The Albert Schweitzer Wind Quintet concert that was scheduled to take place at the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress on Friday, November 16, has been canceled due to the postponement of the ensemble's American concert tour.
    • Date: 2001-10-16
  • October 16, 2001  (01-153)
    New York School Poets John Ashbery and Tony Towle To Read Their Poems On Thursday evening, November 8, poets John Ashbery and Tony Towle, representatives of the first and second generations of the New York School respectively, will read their poems at the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2001-10-16
  • October 16, 2001  (01-152)
    Center for the Book Welcomes Eleven Visiting Librarians from Russia On October 21, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will welcome a delegation of 11 librarians from throughout Russia who will spend 10 days observing and learning about the center's national reading promotion and educational outreach programs.
    • Date: 2001-10-16
  • October 11, 2001  (01-150)
    Library of Congress, Internet Archive, webarchivist.org and the Pew Internet & American Life Project Announce Sept. 11 Web Archive The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Internet Archive, webArchivist.org and the Pew Internet & American Life Project, announces the release today of a collection of digital materials called the September 11 Web Archive, available at september11.archive.org.
    • Date: 2001-10-11
  • October 11, 2001  (01-149)
    Library of Congress Launches 'Live Chat' Reference Pilot The Library of Congress has launched today a "live chat" reference pilot project with the participation of 24/7 Reference (www.247ref.org), a Los Angeles-based organization that has developed a customized set of software tools that allow library patrons to communicate in real- time with professional librarians over the Internet.
    • Date: 2001-10-11
  • October 5, 2001  (01-148)
    Poet Laureate Billy Collins to Read at the Library of Congress Billy Collins, the Library's newly named Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2001-2002, will open this year's evening literary series with a reading from his work.
    • Date: 2001-10-05
  • October 5, 2001  (01-147)
    Jackie Robinson's Daughter to Discuss New Book About Her Father on November 6 Sharon Robinson, Jackie Robinson's daughter and director of educational programming for the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, will discuss her book, Jackie's Nine: Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By (Scholastic Inc., 2001), at the Library of Congress at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Room 119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E.
    • Date: 2001-10-05
  • October 5, 2001  (01-146)
    Recent Acquisition of Modern Photography in America Announced A program to celebrate the recent acquisition of an extraordinary compilation of photographs from the first American school of art photography, the Clarence H. White School of Photography, will take place on Thursday, October 11, at noon in the Library of Congress's Pickford Theater, third floor of the James Madison Memorial Building.
    • Date: 2001-10-05
  • October 5, 2001  (01-145)
    American Folklife Center To Present Free Programs Nov. 15-16 Author and television personality Roger Welsch; musicians Pete, Peggy, and Mike Seeger; "Banjo Dancing" performer Stephen Wade; and actors Floyd King, Ed Gero and Catherine Weidner from the Shakespeare Theatre are among the presenters featured at "Living Lore: The Legacy of Benjamin A. Botkin," two days of free folklife programming to be presented by the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress on...
    • Date: 2001-10-05
  • October 5, 2001  (01-142)
    American Folklife Center To Begin Concert Series "Homegrown: The Music of America" is the title of a new concert series of traditional music and dance drawn from communities across the United States that will be sponsored by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, beginning on October 24.
    • Date: 2001-10-05
  • October 4, 2001  (01-144)
    Fellowship in Islamic Studies Available The Library of Congress announces the Library of Congress Rockefeller Fellowship in Islamic Studies, a postdoctoral fellowship supporting research in the humanities on globalization and Muslim society. Appointments are for five to 10 months of residence in Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2001-10-04
  • October 4, 2001  (01-143)
    Author To Discuss Tall Ships Writer and photographer Thad Koza will discuss Tall Ships: The Fleet for the 21st Century at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m.
    • Date: 2001-10-04
  • October 2, 2001  (01-141)
    Henry Kissinger to Deliver Inaugural Lecture in the Kissinger Lecture Series at Library of Congress on October 10 Henry Kissinger will deliver the inaugural lecture for the Kissinger Lecture series in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library's Jefferson Building, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10.
    • Date: 2001-10-02
  • October 1, 2001  (01-130)
    Library of Congress Opens Exhibition on Margaret Mead on November 30 The Library of Congress will open an exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the noted anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978) on Friday, November 30.
    • Date: 2001-10-01

September 2001