News from the Library of Congress

September 2021

March 2021

  • March 24, 2021  (21-015)
    National Recording Registry Adds 'Rhythm Nation' Among 25 New Selections Janet Jackson’s clarion call for action and healing in “Rhythm Nation 1814” now joins other groundbreaking sounds of history and culture among the latest titles inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, including Louis Armstrong’s “When the Saints Go Marching In,” Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” Nas’ “Illmatic,” Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration,” and Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection.”Librarian of Congress...
    • Date: 2021-03-24

January 2021

September 2020

  • September 17, 2020  (20-061)
    National Book Festival Features a Day of Programming for Schools, Children and Teens at Home The Library of Congress National Book Festival will present a robust lineup of live and recorded programming featuring all-star authors for schools and young audiences at home on Friday, Sept. 25. Video interviews with popular authors of books for children and young adults, as well as two 1-hour video specials, will be available for on-demand viewing starting at 9 a.m. ET on the festival...
    • Date: 2020-09-17

July 2020

  • July 9, 2020  (20-047)
    Historic Public Affairs Series "Black Journal" Now Available Online at the American Archive of Public Broadcasting A collection of episodes from “Black Journal,” the first nationally televised public affairs program produced for, about, and by Black Americans has been released by The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress.Largely unseen since they aired between 1968 and 1977, the 59 episodes have been digitized from archival tape in the Library’s collection and are...
    • Date: 2020-07-09

June 2020

  • June 24, 2020  (20-045)
    Library of Congress Announces 2020 Homegrown Concert Series: Homegrown at Home The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will present traditional music and dance from a variety of folk cultures thriving in the United States and around the world in a new online concert series each Wednesday through September.This year’s Homegrown summer concert series, “Homegrown at Home,” is being presented in a new online format, consistent with social distancing and safety practices in...
    • Date: 2020-06-24

February 2020

  • February 19, 2020  (20-014)
    Archive of Shawn Walker and Collection of Harlem Photography Workshop Acquired by Library The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of photographer Shawn Walker and his collection of photos, ephemera and audio recordings representing the influential Kamoinge Workshop based in Harlem, the Library announced today.Founded in New York City in 1963, the Kamoinge Workshop is a collective of leading African American photographers, such as Anthony Barboza, Louis Draper, Adger Cowans, Albert Fenner, Ray Francis, Toni Parks,...
    • Date: 2020-02-19
  • February 4, 2020  (20-008)
    Crowdsourcing Project Launches Campaign to Transcribe Rosa Parks' Papers and Reveal the Woman Behind the Legend By the People, the Library of Congress’ crowdsourced transcription project powered by volunteers across the country is launching a campaign to transcribe Rosa Parks’ personal papers to make them more searchable and accessible online, including many items featured in the exhibition, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,” starting today, the 107th anniversary of her birth.Through By the People, anyone can explore, transcribe and tag...
    • Date: 2020-02-04

January 2020

  • January 31, 2020  (20-005)
    Library of Congress to Hold Semiannual Main Reading Room Open House Highlighting African American History Month Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Washington’s Birthday holiday, Monday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
    • Date: 2020-01-31
  • January 29, 2020  (20-007)
    Historical Newspapers Edited by Frederick Douglass Now Online Newspapers edited by Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery in 1838 and became a voice for abolitionists as a journalist, orator, and author, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress.The collection is comprised of 568 issues of three weekly newspaper titles dating between 1847 and 1874: The North Star in Rochester, New York, Frederick Douglass’ Paper in Rochester, New...
    • Date: 2020-01-29

December 2019

  • December 9, 2019  (19-117)
    New Book 'Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words' Reveals Parks Through Her Private Manuscripts and Notes A new book from the Library of Congress reveals the civil rights icon, Rosa Parks, for the first time in print through her private manuscripts and handwritten notes. The publication with University of Georgia Press is a companion to the new exhibition of the same title, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words.”For years, Parks’ personal papers were not available to the public. Her personal...
    • Date: 2019-12-09

November 2019

  • November 5, 2019  (19-107)
    "Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words," a New Exhibition, Offers Intimate View of Seminal Figure's Life Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon made famous for her refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in December 1955, is often mischaracterized as a quiet seamstress, with little attention paid to her full life story. A new Library of Congress exhibition, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,” will reveal the real Rosa Parks...
    • Date: 2019-11-05

May 2019

April 2019

  • April 19, 2019  (19-042)
    "Jioni wa Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o" (An Evening with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o) Award-winning author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o presents his recently released publication titled, “Minutes of Glory And Other Stories” at the Library of Congress.Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o will give a public reading of his 34th publication on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the historic Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. Pre-event reception begins at 6 p.m. The event is free, but...
    • Date: 2019-04-19

March 2019

  • March 20, 2019  (19-018)
    New National Recording Registry Class Is "Superfly" The classic radio western “Gunsmoke”; Ritchie Valens’ groundbreaking 1958 sensation “La Bamba”; Sam & Dave’s 1967 hit single “Soul Man”; the revolutionary 1968 Broadway musical “Hair”; and Neil Diamond’s 1969 “Sweet Caroline,” which became a popular sports anthem, are the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these and 20 other...
    • Date: 2019-03-20

January 2019

  • January 28, 2019  (19-007)
    Theatrical Readings and Panel Discussions Among Highlights of African-American History Month The Library of Congress will host several events throughout February that celebrate African Americans and their contributions to the fabric of American culture and history. All of the following events are free and open to the public.“Conversation on the Omar Ibn Said Collection at the Library of Congress”Tuesday, February 5; 10 a.m.LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, In celebration of the...
    • Date: 2019-01-28
  • January 22, 2019  (19-006)
    Spring Is Coming: Symposiums and Celebrations Highlight the Library's Event Calendar This spring, the Library of Congress will bring you a host of events on a variety of topics. Concerts, lectures, film screenings, symposiums and special events all fill the public events calendar. Events will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540) or the James Madison Memorial Building (101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540). Please note that...
    • Date: 2019-01-22
  • January 15, 2019  (19-004)
    Unique Autobiography Written in Arabic by an Enslaved Scholar Goes Online at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress has acquired and made available online the Omar Ibn Said Collection, which includes the only known extant narrative written in Arabic by an enslaved person in the United States. In 1831, Omar Ibn Said, a wealthy and highly educated man who was captured in Senegal, Africa, and brought to Charleston, South Carolina, as a slave, wrote a 15-page autobiography describing...
    • Date: 2019-01-15
  • January 10, 2019  (19-002)
    2019 Exhibitions and Programs Explore America's Changemakers The Library of Congress will launch a yearlong initiative in 2019 inviting visitors to Explore America’s Changemakers with a series of exhibitions, events and programs. Major exhibitions drawing from the Library’s collections will be focused on important figures in women’s history and the fight for suffrage, Rosa Parks’ groundbreaking role in the civil rights movement and artists’ responses to major issues of the day.Additional...
    • Date: 2019-01-10

November 2018

  • November 29, 2018  (18-141)
    Library Acquires Archive of Jazz Great Billy Strayhorn The Library of Congress announced today that it has acquired the original manuscripts documenting the work of composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn. An important star in the jazz firmament, Strayhorn was the source of much of the sound of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He worked with Ellington for nearly 30 years, writing or collaborating on more than 200 tunes and arrangements for the...
    • Date: 2018-11-29

April 2018

  • April 3, 2018  (18-036)
    Baseball Scouting Reports of Branch Rickey Now Online Baseball scouting reports of one of the most famous baseball executives and scouts in history, Branch Rickey, who was also responsible for helping Jackie Robinson successfully break Major League Baseball’s color line, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The archive was digitized in time for Major League Baseball’s new season and for the...
    • Date: 2018-04-03

March 2018

  • March 27, 2018  (18-035)
    Archival Materials of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Now Online Archival materials from one of the most successful political partnerships in history, the collaboration of suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the movement for women’s rights, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress.The collections include about 1,500 items dating primarily from 1840 to 1906 as Anthony and Stanton led the campaign...
    • Date: 2018-03-27
  • March 8, 2018  (18-017)
    Library of Congress Offers Free Spring Activities Spring season brings warm temperatures, fresh flowers and free Library of Congress programming celebrating women in history, poetry, literature, art and science while introducing patrons to international culture and history with lectures, symposiums, book talks and a pop-up display.The Library recently announced the official events that will be held in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival , as well as a host of...
    • Date: 2018-03-08
  • 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

February 2018

  • February 22, 2018  (18-008)
    Los Angeles Exhibition to Showcase Photography from Library of Congress A selection of nearly 500 images discovered within a collection of more than 14 million pictures at the Library of Congress will be featured in a new exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. The exhibition, “Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library,” will be open to the public April 21 through Sept. 9, 2018.Working closely for several years...
    • Date: 2018-02-22

December 2017

  • December 8, 2017  (17-176)
    Spend the Chilly Months Inside the Library of Congress This winter season, the Library will host a multitude of free programming that highlight musical genius, showcase film, open the doors of the Main Reading Room and introduces patrons to a world of knowledge and recent findings with lectures, symposiums and book talks. Winter is the perfect time for music enthusiasts to reserve their tickets for the spring “Concerts from the Library of Congress”...
    • Date: 2017-12-08

September 2017

  • September 11, 2017  (17-118)
    Autumn Events at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress will host an array of programming this fall season that celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, welcomes a new poet laureate and introduces new ways to experience the nation’s library through author talks, tours and online offerings. After opening with a spectacular 2017 National Book Festival, the Library is following up with a commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning Sept. 15 with...
    • Date: 2017-09-11

August 2017

  • August 22, 2017  (17-115)
    2017 National Book Festival Is a Literature Adventure for Kids of All Ages From a great lineup of authors—including more than 40 who write for children and teens—to special guests like Captain Underpants and new, exciting activities designed to delight and inform, the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be a literature adventure for kids of all ages. The 17th National Book Festival will be held at the Washington Convention Center from 9 a.m. to...
    • Date: 2017-08-22

July 2017

  • July 6, 2017  (17-100)
    Library Begins Release of Occupational Folklife Interviews The Library of Congress today announced it has put online the first installment of a major oral history project documenting the diverse culture of contemporary workers around the United States. The Occupational Folklife Project (OFP), a multi-year initiative of the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress, launches today online with a collection of interviews from the Port of Houston.The “Working the...
    • Date: 2017-07-06

May 2017

  • May 30, 2017  (17-079)
    Veterans History Project Launches World War I Website Companion Exhibit The Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched a web exhibit that complements the Library of Congress’s major exhibition “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.”  The three-part web companion, “Experiencing War,” will help tell the larger story of the war from the perspective of those who served in it. Part I is now available at  Part II and Part III...
    • Date: 2017-05-30

April 2017

  • April 24, 2017  (17-056)
    Forthcoming Events at the Library of Congress May-July 2017 Note: Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code; additional venue information provided below listingsMay 1 – June 30DISPLAYOngoing display of JFK materials that includes special biographical information about JFK and books written by the former president. Also featured are books about Kennedy in foreign languages. Available for view Monday - Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall South...
    • Date: 2017-04-24
  • April 21, 2017  (17-058)
    Author Will Discuss Young People's Book on Famous Interracial Marriage Case The author of a book for young people about a famous legal case that cleared the way for interracial marriage in the United States will speak at the Library of Congress on May 3, as this year’s Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program.Patricia Hruby Powell will speak about her new book, “Loving vs. Virginia,” which features illustrations by Shadra Strickland. Powell will lead a program...
    • Date: 2017-04-21
  • April 4, 2017  (17-044)
    "Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I" Opens Today The Library of Congress today opens a major exhibition to commemorate the centennial of World War I.  “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I” tells the stories of Americans in the war, through correspondence, music, film, recorded sound, diaries, posters, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, maps and materials from the Veterans History Project.The exhibition is located in the Southwest Gallery on the...
    • Date: 2017-04-04

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 29, 2017  (17-029)
    National Recording Registry Picks Are "Over the Rainbow" Judy Garland’s hit single “Over The Rainbow”; the original-cast album of “The Wiz”; the rap group N.W.A’s seminal album, “Straight Outta Compton”; the Eagles’ 1976 “Their Greatest Hits”; and the national anthem of black America have been designated as aural treasures worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the...
    • Date: 2017-03-29
  • 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

February 2017

  • February 14, 2017  (17-017)
    New Book Documents Civil Rights Movement In Photos from Outside Southern U.S. Iconic images of the civil rights movement were largely photographed in the South. In a new volume of extraordinary photographs, historian Mark Speltz focuses on compelling civil rights images from north of the Mason-Dixon line, in places such as Philadelphia, Cleveland and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Speltz will discuss and sign his book, “North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South” (J. Paul Getty Museum,...
    • Date: 2017-02-14
  • February 7, 2017  (17-016)
    Pioneer in African-American History Is Subject of Book Discussion Daniel Alexander Payne Murray (1852-1925) was only the second African American to work at the Library of Congress when he joined the staff in 1871; 10 years later he became assistant librarian, a position he held for 41 years. Murray bequeathed his papers to the Library upon his death in 1925.The story of Murray and the rise and fall of America’s black upper class...
    • Date: 2017-02-07

October 2016

  • October 31, 2016  (16-192)
    Panel Discussion on Black Creators and Characters in Comic Books, Nov. 7 A panel discussion at the Library of Congress on Nov. 7 will explore the history of black characters, images and creators in comic books. African-American-related comics and cartoons from the Library of Congress collections will be on view for the event.
    • Date: 2016-10-31

August 2016

July 2016

  • July 27, 2016  (16-125)
    Library of Congress Junior Fellows Display Collection Treasures The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Interns today presentedmore than 100 rare and unique items from 17 Library divisions. The display provides the opportunity for fellows to discuss the historic significance of the collection items they have researched during their 10-week internship.
    • Date: 2016-07-27
  • July 14, 2016  (16-118)
    Civil Rights Activist Loren Miller Topic of Book Discussion Amina Hassan will discuss and sign her new book, “Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist” at the Library on July 20.
    • Date: 2016-07-14

June 2016

May 2016

December 2015

  • December 22, 2015  (15-222)
    Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Bay Psalm Book Exhibitions Close on Jan. 2 Twelve days remain to view the Library of Congress exhibitions “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom” and “First Among Many: The Bay Psalm Book and Early Moments in American Printing.” Both exhibitions close at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2.
    • Date: 2015-12-22

September 2015

July 2015

June 2015