News from the Library of Congress

March 2018

  • 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

January 2018

  • January 3, 2018  (17-187)
    Library Acquires Archive of Humorist, Political Commentator Art Buchwald The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist, commentator and playwright Art Buchwald, best known for his long career as a political satirist, poking fun at the famous and powerful for The Washington Post and in a column syndicated in 500 newspapers worldwide. Buchwald was often considered “the Wit of Washington.”The archive of approximately 100,000 items includes his columns, plays,...
    • Date: 2018-01-03

November 2017

  • November 21, 2017  (17-155)
    Library of Congress Acquires Extremely Rare Mesoamerican Codex The Library of Congress has acquired the Codex Quetzalecatzin, one of the very few Mesoamerican manuscripts to survive from the 16th century. After being in private collections for more than 100 years, the codex has been digitally preserved and made available online for the first time to the general public at codex, also known as the Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, represents one of the...
    • Date: 2017-11-21
  • November 3, 2017  (17-167)
    Library and WGBH Acquire Historic TV Coverage of Senate Watergate Hearings The Library of Congress and Boston public broadcaster WGBH announced today that gavel-to-gavel television coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973, donated to the Library by WETA Washington, D.C., has been digitally preserved and made available online. Produced by the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT), the hearings were taped during the day and rebroadcast every evening on public television for 51...
    • Date: 2017-11-03
  • November 3, 2017  (17-166)
    Library Acquires Archives of Iconic Talk Show Host Dick Cavett With a career spanning more than 50 years, legendary TV personality Dick Cavett is recognized as one of the most cultured and savvy talk-show hosts in the history of television. The Library of Congress announced today that Cavett has donated 2,500 programs of his decades-long talk-show series—showcasing some of the golden moments in television—to the American people. The collection totals nearly 2,000 hours of...
    • Date: 2017-11-03

March 2017

  • March 31, 2017  (17-045)
    Rare Harriet Tubman Photo Among Album Treasures Acquired Through Collaboration of National Cultural Institutions The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress today announced the joint acquisition of an album of 44 rare photographs, including a previously unrecorded portrait of abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman and the only known photograph of John Willis Menard, the first African American man elected to the U.S. Congress.The collaboration ensures these pieces of...
    • Date: 2017-03-31
  • March 20, 2017  (17-036)
    Library Acquires Archives of Master Photographer Bob Adelman The Library of Congress today announced the acquisition of the archives of Bob Adelman, one of the best-known photographers of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The collection, containing 575,000 high-quality images, was given to the Library as a gift from an anonymous donor.The materials, which represent a wide range of images covering the latter half of the 20th century, will be housed...
    • Date: 2017-03-20

July 2016

May 2016

  • May 9, 2016  (16-083)
    Library Acquires Marty Stuart's Audio-visual Collection of Country Music History Grand Ole Opry star and multiple Grammy Award winner Marty Stuart has amassed one of the largest private collections of memorabilia documenting country-music history. The Library of Congress announced today that the world’s largest library has acquired hundreds of hours of historic country-music.
    • Date: 2016-05-09

February 2016

December 2015

  • December 18, 2015  (15-221)
    Library of Congress to Receive 9/11-Responder Oral History Collection The Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center will become the home of a significant collection of oral histories provided by responders to the devastating Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the New York World Trade Center, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel announced today.
    • Date: 2015-12-18
  • December 3, 2015  (15-208)
    Library Acquires the Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams Collection The Library of Congress has taken another step in its effort to preserve American television and video by acquiring a collection of kinescopes, videotapes, 16 mm and Super 8 home movies of legendary comedian Ernie Kovacs and his wife, singer-actress-comedienne Edie Adams.
    • Date: 2015-12-03

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June 2014

  • June 24, 2014  (14-045)
    Library Acquires African-American Oral History Video Collection Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, announced today the donation of a video archive of thousands of hours of interviews—The HistoryMakers—that captures African-American life, history and culture as well as the struggles and achievements of the black experience.
    • Date: 2014-06-24

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January 2013

  • January 27, 2013  (14-012)
    Library Acquires Jazz Legend Max Roach's Legacy Collection The life and music of jazz great Max Roach, one of the founding fathers of the modernist style known as bebop, will be forever memorialized for future generations in the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2013-01-27
  • January 9, 2013  (13-003)
    Library Acquires Historic Sports Audio Recordings The Library of Congress announced today the acquisition of 15 years of recorded sports interviews originally broadcast on the radio network program “Sports Byline USA,” hosted by Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Ron Barr, between 1988 and 2003.
    • Date: 2013-01-09

June 2012

April 2012

February 2012

  • February 1, 2012  (12-024)
    Library of Congress and French Archive INA Exchange Cinema and TV Treasures The Library of Congress and the French Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA), in an unprecedented collaboration, will exchange up to 500 hours of digitized film and television content over the next three years, reflecting how the United States and France have been portrayed in each other's media.
    • Date: 2012-02-01

January 2012

  • January 20, 2012  (12-011)
    U.S. Naval Observatory Donates Rare Book to Library of Congress The Library of Congress announced today the acquisition of a rare book to its Thomas Jefferson’s Library. Donated by the United States Naval Observatory, a Latin version of “Sur la Figure de la Terre” by De Maupertuis will join the more than 6,000 titles already assembled in the collection.
    • Date: 2012-01-20

November 2011

September 2011

June 2011

  • June 8, 2011  (11-115)
    Rare 15th-Century Reference Work Acquired by Law Library The Law Library of Congress has acquired two volumes of an extraordinarily rare 1478 edition of the “Casus breves” of Johannes de Turnhout (c. 1446-1492), printed by the Brotherhood of the Common Life at their Brussels press, Te Nazareth Gheprint.
    • Date: 2011-06-08

April 2011

  • April 25, 2011  (11-092)
    Papercut Bar Mitzvah Book Donated to the Library of Congress sraeli papercut artist Archie Granot will present to the Library of Congress “The Ram Granot Bar Mitzvah Book.” Granot created this book for his son Ram (Avraham) on the occasion of his bar mitzvah in November 1987. The gift will be housed in the collections of the Hebraic Section.
    • Date: 2011-04-25

March 2011

  • March 9, 2011  (11-046)
    Library Acquires Historic Radio & TV Sports Recordings John Miley and the Library of Congress announced today that his vast collection of sports broadcast recordings made prior to 1972—known in the sporting world as The Miley Collection—will reside among the collections in the world’s largest library.
    • Date: 2011-03-09

January 2011

November 2010

  • November 10, 2010  (10-253)
    Library Acquires Innovative Music Collection from Snapshots Foundation The Library announced today its collaboration with Snapshots Music and Arts Foundation to acquire video and audio tapes, along with thousands of accompanying photographs, of in-depth interviews and exclusive performances by some of the world’s most groundbreaking musicians and industry leaders.
    • Date: 2010-11-10
  • November 1, 2010  (10-248)
    Library Acquires Marilyn Church Collection of Courtroom Trial Drawings Artist Marilyn Church, using colored pencil and crayon, has captured some of the most dramatic moments in high-profile courtroom trials during the past 36 years. The Library of Congress is acquiring, through a gift/purchase agreement, an exceptional collection of Church’s drawings.
    • Date: 2010-11-01
  • November 1, 2010  (10-247)
    Galileo's "Sidereus Nuncius" Subject of Conference The Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division in cooperation with the Center for the Book will sponsor a day-long conference to celebrate its recent acquisition of Galileo's “Sidereus Nuncius”
    • Date: 2010-11-01

October 2010

April 2010

March 2010

  • March 19, 2010  (10-055)
    Library of Congress Acquires Dexter Gordon Collection of Jazz The Library will celebrate the acquisition of the invaluable record of Dexter Gordon’s cultural legacy in a special program at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 16, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building.
    • Date: 2010-03-19

February 2010