News from the Library of Congress

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  (10-247)
    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
  • 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

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

September 2009

  • September 10, 2009  (09-163)
    Library of Congress Acquires Nicholas Price Photographs of U.S. Air Force Master fine-art photographer Nicholas A. Price spent 18 months, from 2005 to 2007, capturing images of the men and women of the U.S. Air Force to tell the story of their pride and dedication, stamina and service. Price took more than 8,000 photographs and painstakingly selected 60 to become the touring exhibition “Cleared Hot! An Exclusive and Personal Photographic Journey into the U.S. Air...
    • Date: 2009-09-10

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November 2008

  • November 13, 2008  (08-190)
    Library Reorganization Merges Acquisition and Cataloging Functions As result of the latest reorganization at the Library of Congress, a book acquired as a copyright deposit, purchase, gift or an exchange will go to one division instead of several for centralized processing—the ordering, cataloging, shelflisting, barcoding and other activities that enable users to find one particular book among more than 23.3 million unique titles in printed formats (plus another 8.9 million that...
    • Date: 2008-11-13
  • November 10, 2008  (08-209)
    Library of Congress Receives the Papers of American Lyricist Howard Ashman The Music Division of the Library of Congress has acquired the papers of noted stage and film lyricist Howard Ashman. Ashman is best remembered as the lyricist (collaborating with composer Alan Menken) for the stage musical “Little Shop of Horror” and the Disney animated film musicals “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.”
    • Date: 2008-11-10

September 2008

  • September 19, 2008  (08-171)
    Andre Kostelanetz Papers Donated to the Library of Congress Papers of conductor and arranger André Kostelanetz are being donated to the Library of Congress by the musician’s estate, marking a significant expansion of the collection Kostelanetz provided to the Library during his lifetime. Kostelanetz, who died in 1980, was a major figure in U.S. popular music and on radio for half a century.
    • Date: 2008-09-19

May 2008

  • May 14, 2008  (08-087)
    Library of Congress Receives Papers of American Composer Charles Strouse on May 14 Celebrated American composer Charles Strouse presented his papers to the Library of Congress in a private ceremony today. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington formally accepted the gift on behalf of the Library and the American people and honored Strouse, perhaps best known for such musical-theater smashes as “Annie,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Applause” and “Golden Boy.”
    • Date: 2008-05-14

April 2008

February 2008

  • February 6, 2008  (08-027)
    The Library of Congress Receives Books From Window of China Project The Library of Congress has begun to receive donated books from the National Library of China through the Window of China Project. Founded in 2006, the Window of China Project donates books to national libraries and other institutions around the world. Associate Librarian for Library Services Deanna Marcum and Yan Xiandong of the National Library of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January...
    • Date: 2008-02-06

January 2008

October 2007

September 2007

  • September 10, 2007  (07-159)
    Library of Congress Partners with WWOZ-FM and Grammy Foundation® To Preserve Legendary Musical Recordings WWOZ-FM, the legendary community-supported radio station in New Orleans, has gifted the Library of Congress with more than 7,000 hours of live jazz and blues recordings spanning 15 years. The contribution, which comes after Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters nearly destroyed the station’s primary tape storage facility, will ensure the safety of the station’s collection of historic recordings.
    • Date: 2007-09-10

August 2007

  • August 2, 2007  (07-153)
    Library of Congress Acquires Media Pioneer's Collection Considered a master of the electronic media, Tony Schwartz changed the face of radio and television advertising by creating socially conscientious campaigns such as the nation’s first anti-smoking ad, which led the tobacco industry to voluntarily stop advertising on television and radio. Those and other materials are part of the vast archives of sound recordings and moving images created and collected by the renowned...
    • Date: 2007-08-02

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 23, 2007  (07-121)
    Library of Congress Goes to Graceland The Library of Congress will receive the works-in-progress manuscript in which Paul Simon worked out the lyrics for his song “Graceland,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced upon awarding the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to Simon during a dinner on May 22 in the Great Hall of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.
    • Date: 2007-05-23
  • May 17, 2007  (07-113)
    Library of Congress Receives Guarneri Violin for Collection More than 50 years after acquiring its first Guarneri del Gesù violin, the Library of Congress will now be able to boast that it has twins. Around 1730 to 1732, Guarneri made two violins from the same piece of wood. The Library’s newest addition, the “Baron Vitta,” will donated by the estate of the late Miyoko Yamane Goldberg, wife of the late teacher and...
    • Date: 2007-05-17

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April 2006

  • April 14, 2006  (06-088)
    American Folklife Center Acquires Robert Johnson Test Pressings The Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center has recently acquired an important collection of rare, mint-condition test-pressing recordings of Robert Johnson (1911-1938), one of the most influential composers of blues music. Johnson was recorded in 1936 and 1937 by traveling units of the Columbia (then ARC/Brunswick) Record Co., first in San Antonio and then in Dallas.
    • Date: 2006-04-14

January 2006

  • January 27, 2006  (06-024)
    Library of Congress to Acquire Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Archives The Library of Congress will announce the recent donation of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) archive during a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. Ailey dancers Renee Robinson, Dwana Adiaha Smallwood and Matthew Rushing will perform a vignette of “Wade In The Water.”
    • Date: 2006-01-27

December 2005

July 2005

April 2005

  • April 12, 2005  (05-084)
    Music Collection to Acquire Electro-Acoustic Dimension American composer Roger Reynolds will discuss his music at the introduction and demonstration of a new Library of Congress project that is devoted to his music. This special event will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 25, in the Whittall Pavilion of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are not required.
    • Date: 2005-04-12

May 2004

  • May 21, 2004  (04-039)
    Samuel Kravitt Photos and Films Come to the Library of Congress The Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress has acquired Samuel Kravitt's photographs of Shakers at Hancock, Mass. in 1936 and construction photographs of the 1939 World's Fair. They are an unrestricted gift from his widow, Marcia Kravitt. In addition, four of Kravitt's award-winning films are designated for the Library's Division of Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound.
    • Date: 2004-05-21

April 2004

  • April 6, 2004  (04-063)
    Library of Congress Announces Gift of Kislak Collection A major collection of rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas has been donated to the Library of Congress by the Jay I. Kislak Foundation of Miami Lakes, Fla. The collection contains some of the earliest records of indigenous peoples in North America and superb objects from the discovery, contact and colonial periods, especially for Florida, the Caribbean and Mesoamerica.
    • Date: 2004-04-06

March 2004

  • March 24, 2004  (04-047)
    Alan Lomax Collections Brought Together at the Library of Congress The American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress has acquired the Alan Lomax Collection, which comprises the unparalleled ethnographic documentation collected by the legendary folklorist over a period of 70 years. The acquisition was made possible through a cooperative agreement between the American Folklife Center and the Association for Cultural Equity at Hunter College and the generosity of an anonymous donor.
    • Date: 2004-03-24
  • March 18, 2004  (04-059)
    Announcement of Acquisition of Alan Lomax Collection WHAT: Press briefing and video presentation to announce the Library's acquisition of the Alan Lomax collection.
    • Date: 2004-03-18

August 2003

  • August 14, 2003  (03-128)
    Library Of Congress Acquires Papers Of American Composer Robert Hall Lewis The Library of Congress announces the acquisition of the archives of Robert Hall Lewis (1926-1996)—American composer, conductor, and educator—whose chamber and orchestral works have been performed widely in America and Europe.
    • Date: 2003-08-14
  • August 6, 2003  (03-138)
    Library of Congress Acquires Art Wood Collection of Cartoon, Comic Strip and Animation Art Presentation on the Library’s acquisition of more than 30,000 original political cartoons, comic strips, animation cels and illustrator’s drawings from the collection of award-winning political cartoonist J. Arthur Wood Jr. Works from the collection will be on display and digital images will be available to the press. Continental breakfast will be served.
    • Date: 2003-08-06

July 2003

April 2003

  • April 21, 2003  (03-070)
    Collection of Handwritten Ayn Rand Essays Donated to Library of Congress Collection of Handwritten Ayn Rand Essays Donated to Library of Congress A collection of 72 handwritten essays by novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982), a major portion of her entire nonfiction output, was recently donated to the Library by collector Stuart Rose. The papers came from the collection of Robert Hessen, who was Rand's personal secretary for many years. The collection comprises 1281 pages and includes...
    • Date: 2003-04-21

March 2003

  • March 17, 2003  (03-012)
    American Folklife Center at Library of Congress Receives Donation of "American Roots Music" Ginger Group Productions, producer of "American Roots Music," a four-part television series that aired on PBS last fall, is giving nine segments of the series to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The segments have been specially edited with the support of a grant from AT&T so that they can be viewed and used by scholars and researchers as stand-alone pieces,...
    • Date: 2003-03-17
  • March 11, 2003  (03-006)
    Herblock Archives Donated to the Library of Congress The Herb Block Foundation today announced the gift of the archives of editorial cartoons of Herbert L. Block (right) to the Library of Congress where they will be available to both scholars and the general public.
    • Date: 2003-03-11

October 2002

August 2002

  • August 19, 2002  (02-106)
    Library of Congress Acquires Rare Film Collection The Library of Congress announced today its acquisition of the Prelinger Collection, containing more than 48,000 historical “ephemeral” motion pictures, from its owner, Prelinger Archives of San Francisco.
    • Date: 2002-08-19