News from the Library of Congress

December 2005

  • December 30, 2005  (05-264)
    James Gilbert to Discuss Masculinity in the 1950s on Jan. 19 James Gilbert will discuss his book “Men in the Middle: Searching for Masculinity in the 1950s” at noon on Thursday, Jan. 19, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-12-30
  • December 23, 2005  (05-260)
    Public Events at the Library of Congress ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
    • Date: 2005-12-23
  • December 20, 2005  (05-262)
    Librarian of Congress Adds 25 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 425.
    • Date: 2005-12-20
  • December 20, 2005  (05-259)
    Steve Suitts to Discuss His Book "Hugo Black of Alabama" on Jan. 12 Steve Suitts will discuss his book “Hugo Black of Alabama: How His Roots and Early Career Shaped the Great Champion of the Constitution” at the Library of Congress at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-12-20
  • December 19, 2005  (05-Holiday)
    Holiday Hours at the Library of Congress All Library buildings will be closed Sunday, Dec. 25, Monday, Dec. 26, Sunday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 2.
    • Date: 2005-12-19
  • December 16, 2005  (05-258)
    Library of Congress Unveils 2006 Calendars Featuring Images from Vast Collections Thirteen calendars featuring the wide-ranging collections of the Library of Congress have been released for 2006. Produced cooperatively by the Library and Pomegranate Publications of Rohnert Park, Calif., the calendars draw on the Library's collections to illuminate and illustrate different facets of art, history, literature and ethnography.
    • Date: 2005-12-16
  • December 13, 2005  (05-257)
    Islamic Manuscripts Collection Now Available Online “Islamic Manuscripts from Mali” is the newest collection to be made available on the Global Gateway Web site of international materials. The presentation can be accessed at http://international.loc.gov/intldl/malihtml/malihome.html
    • Date: 2005-12-13
  • December 13, 2005  (05-256)
    Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" Newspaper Column Reaches 1.5 Million Readers “American Life in Poetry,” the weekly newspaper column created and compiled by Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Ted Kooser, is reaching approximately 1.5 million newspaper readers every week, according to the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. The project is a partnership of the Library of Congress, the Poetry Foundation and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
    • Date: 2005-12-13
  • December 13, 2005  (05-254)
    Library of Congress Koussevitzky Foundation Announces 2005 Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation Inc. have awarded commissions for new musical works to nine composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundations and the performing organizations that will present the newly composed works.
    • Date: 2005-12-13
  • December 13, 2005  (05-253)
    Mystery Writer Dana Stabenow to Discuss New Book on Jan. 10 Best-selling mystery writer Dana Stabenow will discuss her new book, “Blindfold Game: A Thriller,” at the Library of Congress at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-12-13
  • December 2, 2005  (05-252)
    Library of Congress Acquires Papers of Al Neuharth, Founder of USA Today and the Newseum Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the Library’s acquisition of the papers of Allen H. Neuharth, a visionary newspaper executive and editor who founded USA Today, Florida Today and built Gannett Co. Inc., into the largest newspaper company in the United States.
    • Date: 2005-12-02

November 2005

  • November 28, 2005  (05-249)
    Composer Gunther Schuller Honored with Living Legend Award Distinguished American composer Gunther Schuller will receive the Library of Congress Living Legend Award during the Jupiter String Quartet Concert on Friday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-11-28
  • November 23, 2005  (05-251)
    "Bound for Glory" Exhibition Extended to Jan. 21 “Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1939-1943,” a Library of Congress exhibition originally scheduled to close on Nov. 26, has been extended to Jan. 21. The exhibition is on view in the South Gallery of the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-11-23
  • November 22, 2005  (05-250)
    Library of Congress Launches Effort to Create World Digital Library Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin announced today that Google is the first private-sector company to contribute to the Library’s initiative to develop a plan to begin building a World Digital Library (WDL) for use by other libraries around the globe. The effort would be supported by funds from nonexclusive, public and private partnerships, of which Google is the...
    • Date: 2005-11-22
  • November 21, 2005  (05-248)
    New Library Publication Features the Architecture of American Theaters The Library of Congress and W.W. Norton & Company will celebrate the publication of “Theaters” with a special program to be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The program is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
    • Date: 2005-11-21
  • November 21, 2005  (05-247)
    Architectural Historian and Photographer William Brumfield to Discuss his Book on Russian Architecture on Dec. 1 Architectural historian and photographer William Craft Brumfield will discuss his book, “A History of Russian Architecture,” at the Library of Congress at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-11-21
  • November 18, 2005  (05-246)
    Congressional Information Web Site Receives Upgrade Beginning today, the THOMAS congressional information Web site (www.loc.gov/thomas), available free from the Library of Congress, has a new look, with features that improve site navigation and make it easier for users to quickly find the information they are looking for.
    • Date: 2005-11-18
  • November 15, 2005  (05-245)
    Poet John Haines to Read on Dec. 8 Distinguished poet and essayist John Haines will read his poems at the Library of Congress at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Ted Kooser, the U.S. Poet Laureate, will introduce Haines.
    • Date: 2005-11-15
  • November 9, 2005  (05-244)
    Library Exhibit Celebrates Tercentenary of Benjamin Franklin's Birth The Library of Congress, which houses the second largest collection of Benjamin Franklin papers in the world, will celebrate the tercentenary of the statesman’s birth with an exhibition titled “Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words.” This display will occupy the central portion of the larger “American Treasures” exhibition and will be on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday in the Southwest Gallery...
    • Date: 2005-11-09
  • November 9, 2005  (05-240)
    Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and Baritone Thomas Hampson Celebrate "Creativity Across America" with Concert in Fort Worth The internationally acclaimed baritone Thomas Hampson will give the second performance in his 11-city “Song of America” tour on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in Bass Performance Hall, located in the historic Sundance Square district of downtown Fort Worth.
    • Date: 2005-11-09
  • November 7, 2005  (05-243)
    30-SECOND PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Sir Richard Burton, one of the most intriguing figures of Victorian Era Great Britain, who was a daring adventurer, prolific writer, prodigious linguist and translator of “The Arabian Nights” and “Kama Sutra,” will be the subject of a book talk at the Library of Congress. Historian Dane Kennedy will discuss his new book “The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World,” at...
    • Date: 2005-11-07
  • November 7, 2005  (05-242)
    Dane Kennedy to Discuss His New Biography of Famed Victorian Richard Burton on Nov. 30 Historian Dane Kennedy will discuss his new book, “The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World,” at the Library of Congress at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-11-07
  • November 4, 2005  (05-239)
    Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and Baritone Thomas Hampson Celebrate "Creativity Across America" with Concert in Kansas City The internationally acclaimed baritone Thomas Hampson will give the premiere performance in his 11-city “Song of America” tour on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. in Yardley Hall at the Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College. The college is located in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan.
    • Date: 2005-11-04
  • November 3, 2005  (05-241)
    Eleven-City "Song of America" Tour Featuring Recitals by Thomas Hampson Kicks Off Nov. 12 The internationally acclaimed baritone Thomas Hampson, one of the most popular and sought-after singers of his generation, will give the first performance in his 11-city “Song of America” tour beginning with a recital in Yardley Hall at the Carlsen Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. The next tour stop is at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth,...
    • Date: 2005-11-03

October 2005

  • October 27, 2005  (05-238)
    Mary M. Gaylord to Discuss "El Quixote" By Cervantes on Nov. 17 iterary scholar Mary M. Gaylord will deliver a lecture at the Library of Congress titled “The Americas on the Horizon of ‘El Quixote’” at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The lecture is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
    • Date: 2005-10-27
  • October 25, 2005  (05-237)
    Librarian of Congress Receives 2005 Hollywood Film Preservation Award Librarian of Congress James H. Billington received the 2005 Hollywood Film Preservation Award at a star-studded gala in Los Angeles on Oct. 24. The Ninth Annual Hollywood Film Festival honored Billington for his advocacy and leadership in the preservation of the nation’s film heritage.
    • Date: 2005-10-25
  • October 24, 2005  (05-235)
    Author George Garrett to Read His Poems on Nov. 10 Former Virginia Poet Laureate George Garrett will read his poems at the Library of Congress at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-10-24
  • October 21, 2005  (05-236)
    Library of Congress Co-Sponsors Seminar Oct. 27-30 in Illinois on History of Libraries “Libraries in Times of War, Revolution and Social Change,” a three-day seminar about the history of libraries in times of war and social change, from 12th century China through World Wars I and II to contemporary Iran and Iraq. The Library History Roundtable of the American Library Association, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and other organizations are sponsoring the...
    • Date: 2005-10-21
  • October 21, 2005  (05-223)
    2004-2005 "Letters About Literature" Winners Announced The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Target Stores have announced the national and state winners of the 2004-2005 “Letters About Literature” reading and writing program.
    • Date: 2005-10-21
  • October 20, 2005  (05-232)
    Library of Congress Veterans History Project to Host Four-City Book Tour For Latest Publication, "Forever a Soldier" “Forever a Soldier: Unforgettable Stories of Wartime Service” will be published by National Geographic Books in association with the Library of Congress on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Author and Veterans History Project historian Tom Wiener and several of the 37 veterans featured in the book will participate in a four-city book tour in November and December. A book-signing with the author will follow each...
    • Date: 2005-10-20
  • October 20, 2005  (05-231)
    Ying-shih Yu to Discuss 16th Century China on Nov. 3 Ying-shih Yu, Senior Distinguished Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center, will discuss “Despotism, Market and Confucianism in the Age of Wang Yang-Ming (1472-1529),” at the Library of Congress at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-10-20
  • October 20, 2005  (05-228)
    Sir Harold Evans to Discuss Lives of American Innovators on Nov. 9 Sir Harold Evans will discuss his new book, “They Made America: Two Centuries of Innovators from the Steam Engine to the Search Engine,” at the Library of Congress at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-10-20
  • October 20, 2005  (05-227)
    Walt Whitman Symposium to Be Held Nov. 3 The Library of Congress Manuscript Division will present a symposium titled “Whitman and Place” at noon on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This program, held in conjunction with the Library’s exhibition “Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass,” is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations...
    • Date: 2005-10-20
  • October 19, 2005  (05-234)
    Lewis Dabney to Discuss New Biography of Edmund Wilson on Nov. 2 Literary scholar Lewis M. Dabney will discuss his new book, “Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005), at the Library of Congress at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-10-19
  • October 19, 2005  (05-233)
    Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers to Perform Nov. 16 The American Folklife Center’s annual concert series, “Homegrown 2005: The Music of America,” continues on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. Featured will be a performance by the Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers.
    • Date: 2005-10-19
  • October 19, 2005  (05-222)
    National Congress of American Indians Executive Director to Deliver Native American Heritage Month Keynote Jacqueline Johnson, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), will deliver the 2005 Native American Heritage Month keynote address at the Library of Congress at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Madison Hall, first floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
    • Date: 2005-10-19
  • October 18, 2005  (05-230)
    Francis Deng Discusses Recent Developments in Sudan on Nov. 2 Francis Deng, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Center and a leading expert on Sudan, will discuss “Sudan: A Nation in Turbulent Search for Itself” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-10-18
  • October 18, 2005  (05-229)
    Louisiana Poet Laureate Brenda Marie Osbey to Read at the Library of Congress on Nov. 3 The poet laureate of Louisiana, Brenda Marie Osbey, will read from her work at the Library of Congress at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The program, presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund, is free and open...
    • Date: 2005-10-18
  • October 18, 2005  (05-225)
    Mark Katz to Discuss How Technology Has Changed Music on Nov. 9 Mark Katz, a professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at The Johns Hopkins University, will discuss his book, “Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music,” at the Library of Congress at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-10-18
  • October 18, 2005  (05-224)
    Melvyn Leffler to Lecture on Cold War on Nov. 10 Melvyn P. Leffler, Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in Foreign Policy and International Relations in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, will present a lecture titled "Retreat from Armageddon? Khrushchev, Kennedy, Johnson and the Elusive Quest for Peace" at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-10-18
  • October 14, 2005  (05-226)
    Library Exhibit Celebrates Tricentennial of Benjamin Franklin's Birth The Library of Congress will celebrate the tricentennial of Benjamin Franklin’s birth (January 17, 1706) with a display of approximately 75 items pertaining to the statesman’s life and work. The Library houses the second largest collection of Benjamin Franklin papers in the world, comprising more than 8,000 items in its Manuscript, Rare Book and Special Collections, Geography and Map, and Prints and Photographs divisions.
    • Date: 2005-10-14
  • October 14, 2005  (05-218)
    Poets Carter Revard and Edward Weismiller to Read on Oct. 20 Noted poets Carter Revard and Edward Weismiller will read their poems at the Library of Congress at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-10-14
  • October 7, 2005  (05-221)
    Eighth Annual Archives Fair to be Held at Library of Congress The Library of Congress Manuscript Division and Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference is sponsoring the eighth annual Washington, D.C. Archives Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Madison Hall, first floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This event is free and open to the public.
    • Date: 2005-10-07
  • October 7, 2005  (05-219)
    Author to Discuss Books on Donald Trump and Martha Stewart on Oct. 25 Robert Slater, business journalist and author, will discuss “The Hazards and Joys of Writing Books on Donald Trump and Martha Stewart: One Author’s Perspective” at the Library of Congress at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-10-07
  • October 6, 2005  (05-220)
    Author and BBC Broadcaster to Give Lecture on Oct. 11 Demonstrating how the writers of Ireland relate to the country’s past, Delaney will discuss “The Beautiful Bridge: Crossing the Span Between Oral Tradition and the Written Creative Word.” His lecture will focus on the principles of storytelling in ancient Irish communities and making connections between Irish traditions of myth, saga and legend. This event is another in the series of Benjamin Botkin Lectures on...
    • Date: 2005-10-06
  • October 6, 2005  (05-214)
    Edmund Morris to Discuss His New Biography of Beethoven on Oct. 25 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris will discuss his new book, “Beethoven: The Universal Composer,” at the Library of Congress at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-10-06
  • October 6, 2005  (05-213)
    Library of Congress Uses Its Resources on Behalf of Hurricane Katrina Victims The Library of Congress has initiated efforts to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina through book donations, programs on the preservation and recovery of materials, staff fundraising events, collaboration with Louisiana scholars, and an oral history project for hurricane survivors.
    • Date: 2005-10-06
  • October 5, 2005  (05-217)
    Library of Congress Announces Award of $3 Million to Portico, a Nonprofit Electronic Archiving Service The Library of Congress’ National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) announced today that it is making a $3 million grant award for the development of Portico, a nonprofit electronic archiving service being developed by Ithaka. Ithaka is a nonprofit organization with offices in New York City and Princeton, N.J., that provides a range of services to assist in the creation and development...
    • Date: 2005-10-05
  • October 5, 2005  (05-215)
    Historian John Hope Franklin to Discuss His New Autobiography on Nov. 1 Distinguished historian John Hope Franklin, 90, will discuss his new autobiography, “Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-10-05
  • October 5, 2005  (05-211)
    New Biography of Sports Broadcaster Mel Allen to Be Discussed on Oct. 18 Stephen Borelli, the baseball editor of USA Today Sports Weekly, will discuss his new book, “How About That! The Life of Mel Allen,” at the Library of Congress at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-10-05