News from the Library of Congress

November 2019

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 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
  • 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

March 2017

  • 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

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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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

October 2010

August 2009

  • August 26, 2009  (09-159)
    Library of Congress to Acquire Jack F. Kemp Collection The family of former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Republican congressman, vice presidential candidate and professional football player Jack F. Kemp (1935-2009) has announced its intention to donate his papers to the Library of Congress. The papers are currently on deposit at Pepperdine University.
    • Date: 2009-08-26

May 2007

  • May 29, 2007  (07-124)
    National Endowment for Democracy Papers Acquired The Library will mark the acquisition of the founding papers of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) with a panel discussion commemorating the 25th anniversary of President Reagan’s historic foreign policy speech, delivered in Britain’s Westminster Palace on June 8, 1982. The title of the panel discussion is “The Legacy of Westminster: Democracy Assistance Since the Founding of NED and the Challenges Ahead.”
    • Date: 2007-05-29

May 2000

  • May 23, 2000  (00-081)
    Pinkerton's Inc. Donates Archives to Library of Congress WHAT: Pinkerton's Inc., the nation's oldest and largest security services company, will donate its archives to the Library of Congress.WHEN: Wednesday, May 31, at 11 a.m.WHERE: Librarian's Office, Room 608, James Madison BuildingWHO: James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress Don W. Walker, president of Pinkerton's Jane Adler, Pinkerton's archivist and historianBACKGROUNDThe archives document the history of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, founded in 1850...
    • Date: 2000-05-23

March 2000

  • March 20, 2000  (00-028)
    Library of Congress Receives Gift of Revolutionary War Maps Drawn by Lafayette's Cartographer The Library of Congress has recently acquired six rare manuscript maps that were drawn by Michel Capitaine du Chesnoy, the skilled cartographer who served as the Marquis de Lafayette's aide-de-camp during the American Revolutionary War. They are accompanied by a brief handwritten text describing the 1781 Virginia Campaign.The purchase of the maps was made possible by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. H.F....
    • Date: 2000-03-20

March 1997

  • 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