News from the Library of Congress

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

November 2001

  • 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

October 2001

  • 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

July 2001

February 2001

  • February 26, 2001  (01-033)
    Billy Taylor Kicks Off His 80th Birthday Celebration by Donating His Archives to the Library of Congress The Library of Congress Music Division has become a renowned repository for American jazz collections in recent years, including the archives of such notable artists as Duke Ellington (the Valburn/Ellington Collection), Charles Mingus, Louis Bellson, Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, Charley Barnett, Supersax, and now versatile jazz pianist, composer, arranger, author, educator, and television personality Dr. Billy Taylor.
    • Date: 2001-02-26

November 2000

  • November 29, 2000  (00-184)
    The Coca-Cola Company Donates 50 Years of Television Commercials Reflecting World Culture To the Library of Congress The Library of Congress today announced that The Coca-Cola Company, celebrating its 50th anniversary of television advertising, is donating its entire collection of historic television commercials as part of the Library's Bicentennial Gifts to the Nation program. The donation, which will eventually exceed 20,000 television ads, represents the largest donation of corporate advertising in the Library's 200-year history.The Library of Congress, the world's largest...
    • Date: 2000-11-29
  • November 7, 2000  (00-164)
    Library of Congress Acquires Arnold T. Schwab Archives The Library of Congress has acquired the Arnold T. Schwab Collection, an archives of materials related to the life and work of Marian Nevins MacDowell, wife of composer Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) and founder of the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H. The collection was given to the Library by Professor Arnold T. Schwab of Westminster, Calif.; it reflects Professor Schwab's longtime interest in the MacDowell...
    • Date: 2000-11-07
  • November 1, 2000  (00-146)
    Descendants of L. Frank Baum Give Library of Congress Glinda Of Oz Manuscript Thousands of visitors to the Library saw the Glinda of Oz manuscript displayed in the recent exhibition "The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairy Tale"; it was on loan from the descendants and heirs of L. Frank Baum. Now the manuscript has been given to the Library by Gita Dorothy Morena, the great-granddaughter of L. Frank Baum; Craig Frederick Mantele, Baum's great-grandson; and Janet...
    • Date: 2000-11-01

October 2000

  • October 27, 2000  (00-139)
    Library of Congress Acquires Nicolas Slonimsky Collection The Library of Congress has acquired a large archives of the works of the important American conductor, composer, musicologist and lexicographer Nicolas Slonimsky (1894-1995). The papers, which comprise both printed and manuscript music, programs, writings, correspondence, a large musicians' biographical file, recordings and other formats were given to the Library in 1999 by Electra Yourke, Mr. Slonimsky's daughter. They join a significant number of...
    • Date: 2000-10-27

August 2000

  • August 23, 2000  (00-114)
    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Collection Given to Library of Congress The large archives of 20th century composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) have been given to the Library of Congress by the composer's son, Lorenzo Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Lisbeth Castelnuovo-Tedesco, widow of the composer's son, Pietro. Together with an extensive collection of music manuscripts that the composer and his family gave to the Library in the past, and a number of manuscripts by Castelnuovo-Tedesco in the Library's...
    • Date: 2000-08-23
  • August 23, 2000  (00-115)
    Violinist Louis Kaufman's Papers Acquired by Library of Congress The Library of Congress recently acquired the personal papers of noted American violinist Louis Kaufman (1905-1994), thereby adding to its already rich collection of the personal papers of some of the most important American violinists of the 20th century, including Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, Leonora Jackson McKim and Henryk Szeryng.The gift of Annette Kaufman, Louis Kaufman's widow and longtime accompanist, provides a valuable collection...
    • Date: 2000-08-23
  • August 17, 2000  (00-116)
    Library of Congress Acquires Digital Trading Cards The Library of Congress has acquired its first examples of interactive digital trading cards. The collection of 52, three-inch CD-ROM discs contains video footage, sound, photos and career highlights of historic and contemporary sports figures from the world of hockey, football, baseball, race car driving, and basketball, in addition to "Battlefield Earth" and the cartoon action figure "Digimon." The cards, which are manufactured and...
    • Date: 2000-08-17

June 2000

  • June 21, 2000  (00-092)
    Prima Ballerina's Collection Comes to the Library of Congress The Library of Congress recently added to its significant dance holdings with the acquisition of the collection of Alexandra Danilova (1904-1997), the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's prima ballerina from 1938 to 1951. The Danilova collection joins the Martha Graham, Serge Diaghilev, and Rudolf Nureyev collections in the Library's Music Division.Trained at the Imperial School of Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, and lauded for...
    • Date: 2000-06-21

May 2000

  • May 24, 2000  (00-074)
    Library of Congress to Receive Pinkerton Archives Pinkerton's Inc., the nation's oldest and largest security services company, has donated its archives to the Library of Congress. The archives document the history of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, founded in 1850 by Scottish immigrant Allan Pinkerton, one of the most important figures in crime detection and law enforcement during the latter half of the 19th century.Approximately 100 boxes of documents and photographs...
    • Date: 2000-05-24
  • 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

May 1999

  • May 5, 1999  (99-063)
    Library of Congress Acquires Major Photo Archives Noted social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin and his family have donated his photographic archives to the Library of Congress. To mark the occasion, Mr. Rogovin will deliver a slide lecture on his work on Friday, May 14, at noon in the Library's Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. No tickets are required.Refusing to be silenced by the House Un-American...
    • Date: 1999-05-05

March 1999

  • March 23, 1999  (99-029)
    Papers of Pioneering Arab-American Author Donated to Library of Congress The Albert Ferris Rihani family has donated to the Library of Congress facsimiles of the manuscripts of all of the English works of pioneer Arab-American author, Ameen F. Rihani (1876-1940). The originals will remain in the family museum in Freike, Lebanon.This unique set of photocopied manuscripts will make the unpublished primary documents of this influential poet much more accessible to American scholars. The collection...
    • Date: 1999-03-23

May 1998

  • May 4, 1998  (98-064)
    Library of Congress Acquires Martha Graham Archives The Library of Congress has just agreed to purchase the Martha Graham dance archives from the Martha Graham Trust as one component of a longer term relationship with the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance.The other two components of this new relationship are: (1) an agreement with the Martha Graham Trust for the Martha Graham Dance Company to perform a new piece based on...
    • Date: 1998-05-04

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

January 1997

  • January 12, 1997  (97-004)
    Library of Congress To Receive Films from Embassy of Israel Seventy Israeli documentary films on videocassette will be presented on March 4 at 3 p.m. to the Library of Congress by Ambassador Eliahu Ben-Elissar on behalf of the Embassy of Israel. Among the films is the "Wonder of Israel," which has won a number of awards: the CINE Golden Eagle, the Telly Award, a silver medal at the New York World Festival and a...
    • Date: 1997-01-12

February 1996

  • February 20, 1996  (96-014)
    Library of Congress Acquires Ralph Ellison Collection Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the acquisition of the papers of author Ralph Ellison. Ellison's collection of manuscripts, drafts and notes for both published and unpublished works; his speeches, correspondence, notebooks, lectures, subject files, photographs, and recordings; and his entire personal working library are being acquired from his widow, Fanny McConnell Ellison, over a four-year period."By giving voice to the inarticulate,...
    • Date: 1996-02-20