News from the Library of Congress

November 2021

October 2021

  • October 5, 2021  (21-058)
    Library of Congress Launches Season 2 of La Biblioteca Podcast As part of the celebrations for Hispanic Heritage Month, today the Library of Congress launched Season 2 of La Biblioteca podcast, a six-part series titled Exploring Latinx Civil Rights in the United States, which zeros in on seminal civil rights cases and events.The English-language series derives from A Latinx Resource Guide: Civil Rights Cases and Events in the United States, created by Hermán Luis...
    • Date: 2021-10-05

September 2021

  • September 15, 2021  (21-055)
    Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Three New Grant Opportunities Individuals and educational and cultural institutions who seek to amplify the stories of communities of color are invited to apply to new grant opportunities through the Of the People: Widening the Path Connecting Communities Digital Initiative at the Library of Congress.Of the People is a new, multi-part initiative funded by a $15 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to enable the Library...
    • Date: 2021-09-15
  • September 9, 2021  (21-050)
    Nine Culture and Technology Experts Join Library of Congress Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Advisory Board Nine experts in technology, cultural memory, libraries and archives have signed on to serve as the advisory board for the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative, a key component of the new initiative Of the People: Widening the Path at the Library of Congress. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this initiative aims to connect the Library more deeply with Black, Indigenous and other communities...
    • Date: 2021-09-09

August 2021

  • August 30, 2021  (21-046)
    Library of Congress Appoints New Chief of Latin American, Caribbean and European Division The Library of Congress has appointed Suzanne Schadl as the chief of the Latin American, Caribbean and European Division. Schadl brings more than 25 years of experience as a scholar, educator, and librarian in library leadership and international studies.Since 2018, Schadl has served as Chief of the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress, where she led efforts to successfully rebrand the Archive of...
    • Date: 2021-08-30

July 2021

  • July 23, 2021  (21-039)
    Library of Congress Offers Grants to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities The Library of Congress is offering a new series of grants to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and traditions of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color traditionally underrepresented in the United States. The Community Collections grants from the Library’s American Folklife Center will enable many to document their cultural life and experiences from their own perspectives, while enriching the Library’s holdings with...
    • Date: 2021-07-23
  • July 6, 2021  (21-037)
    Library of Congress Adds 'A Century of Lawmaking' to The Library of Congress announced today that U.S. congressional records dating back to the days of printing presses and the telegraph are now easily accessible on mobile devices. With this latest update of — the official website for U.S. federal legislative information — the Library has transitioned over 33,000 bills and resolutions crafted by Congress between 1799 and 1873 (the 6th to 42nd...
    • Date: 2021-07-06

June 2021

  • June 21, 2021  (21-030)
    New Book Explores Views of Japan Over Time through American Children's Books Beginning in the 19th century, children’s books provided American readers with their first impressions of Japan. Packed with fascinating details about daily life in a distant land, these publications often presented a mixture of facts, stereotypes and complete fabrications.“Japan and American Children’s Books: A Journey” documents the evolving portrayal of Japan in American children’s books over nearly 200 years, highlighting the shift from fanciful...
    • Date: 2021-06-21
  • June 8, 2021  (21-028)
    Library of Congress Acquires Audio Diaries from Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 The Library of Congress has acquired audio diaries featuring more than 200 frontline healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19, a collection that provides first-hand testimonies from hospitals and communities across the country as the public health crisis unfolded. The audio library was donated by The Nocturnists, a San Francisco-based independent medical storytelling community and podcast.The majority of the recordings were originally collected for...
    • Date: 2021-06-08
  • June 7, 2021  (21-027)
    Create Your National Book Festival Experience Over 10 Days in Multiple Formats The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will invite audiences to create their own festival experiences from programs in a range of formats and an expanded schedule over 10 days from Sept. 17 through Sept. 26. The spectacular lineup includes authors, poets and illustrators from America and around the world.This year’s festival offers a variety of ways to access programs, allowing attendees to...
    • Date: 2021-06-07

May 2021

  • May 27, 2021  (21-026)
    New Report Examines Changes to Copyright Law for Sound Recordings Significant updates have been made to American copyright law governing music licensing and sound recordings, and these changes carry implications for libraries and archives across the country, as detailed in a new report published today by the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.Passed by Congress in 2018, the Orrin G. Hatch — Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act constitutes some of the...
    • Date: 2021-05-27
  • May 3, 2021  (21-020)
    'Living Nations, Living Words' Poetry Anthology Available Edited by Joy Harjo, the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate, “Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry” is a powerful, moving anthology that celebrates the breadth of Native poets writing today. The new anthology is published by W. W. Norton & Company in association with the Library of Congress.As Poet Laureate, Harjo has championed the voices of...
    • Date: 2021-05-03

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
  • March 2, 2021  (21-010)
    Library of Congress Builds New Collections Documenting COVID-19 Pandemic As the world marks the one-year anniversary of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Library of Congress has been collecting materials and documenting this time in history through a variety of initiatives.The Library’s rapid-response collecting since the start of lockdowns and social distancing measures over the past year has included acquiring photographs that document the pandemic’s impact on individuals and communities, capturing artists’ responses to...
    • Date: 2021-03-02
  • March 1, 2021  (21-012)
    Biography Brings Life of Photographer Russell Lee Out of the Shadows, Drawing on Library's Photography Archive His photographs are mainstays in popular culture: The iconic shot of a young Black man drinking from a water cooler marked “colored” was featured in Stephen Colbert’s June 1, 2020, “Late Show” monologue on racial injustice. Millions of “Cheers” viewers saw his photo of cheerful patrons in a Depression-era Minnesota saloon in the opening credits. Microsoft offered his 1939 photo of a Texas couple...
    • Date: 2021-03-01

February 2021

  • February 25, 2021  (21-013)
    Library and Better Angels Society Open Submissions for Annual Prize for Film The Library of Congress, The Better Angels Society and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation today announced that entries are being accepted for the third annual Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, which recognizes exemplary accomplishment in historical documentaries.The award, which was established in 2019, recognizes one late-stage documentary that uses original research and compelling narrative to tell stories that bring American history...
    • Date: 2021-02-25
  • February 18, 2021  (21-009)
    Kluge Prize Honoree Danielle Allen Launches Campaign for Civic Strength A series of new events exploring ideas and actions to strengthen America’s democracy will debut in March, April and May with the launch of Our Common Purpose: A Campaign for Civic Strength at the Library of Congress. The initiative is created and hosted by Danielle Allen, who was awarded the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.This new campaign...
    • Date: 2021-02-18

January 2021

December 2020

  • December 17, 2020  (20-085)
    Library of Congress Completes Digitization of 23 Early Presidential Collections The Library of Congress has completed a more than two decade-long initiative to digitize the papers of nearly two dozen early presidents. The Library holds the papers of 23 presidents from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge, all of which have been digitized and are now available online.The Library plans to highlight each presidential collection on social media in the weeks leading up to the...
    • Date: 2020-12-17
  • December 14, 2020  (20-082)
    National Film Registry Spotlights Diverse Filmmakers in New Selections Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. These films range from the innovative silent film “Suspense,” which was co-directed by a woman in 1913, and Sidney Poitier’s Oscar-winning performance in 1963’s “Lilies of the Field” to the 1978 mega-hit musical...
    • Date: 2020-12-14
  • December 2, 2020  (20-079)
    Dwight D. Opperman Foundation Gives $1M to Reimagine Visitor Experience at Library of Congress The Dwight D. Opperman Foundation is donating $1 million to reimagine and enhance the visitor experience at the Library of Congress with a new orientation gallery, exhibitions and learning lab, the Library announced today.The Phoenix-based foundation’s donation to support design and construction of the Library’s visitor experience is one of several major gifts to the project in 2020 and was announced just after Giving...
    • Date: 2020-12-02

October 2020

  • October 30, 2020  (20-072)
    Veterans History Project Celebrates 20th Anniversary Year with Online Concerts, Panels, Nov. 6-14 The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will host a series of musical performances and discussion panels to inspire conversations around the collection as both an archival resource and a diverse repository of veterans’ experiences — a mission it has met for the past 20 years. The events will premiere on the Veterans History Project’s Facebook page:, Nov. 6Barbara Martin, 8 p.m.The...
    • Date: 2020-10-30
  • October 8, 2020  (20-066)
    Library of Congress and National Park Service Receive Historic Collection on Women's Rights from National Woman's Party Today, the National Woman’s Party (NWP) announced the gift of its historic collection spanning women’s suffrage and the movement for women’s equality to the Library of Congress and National Park Service. This gift comes as the country celebrates 100 years of women's constitutional right to vote and ensures public access to a trove of records about the history of the women’s rights movement in...
    • Date: 2020-10-08

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
  • September 15, 2020  (20-060)
    Library of Congress Launches New Tool to Search Historical Newspaper Images The public can now explore more than 1.5 million historical newspaper images online and free of charge. The latest machine learning experience from Library of Congress Labs, Newspaper Navigator allows users to search visual content in American newspapers dating 1789-1963.The user begins by entering a keyword that returns a selection of photos. Then the user can choose photos to search against, allowing the discovery...
    • Date: 2020-09-15

August 2020

  • August 6, 2020  (20-051)
    Two Major Gifts to Reimagine Visitor Experience and Enhance Photography Collections at Library of Congress A major gift by Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation in Los Angeles will support the effort to reimagine the visitor experience at the Library of Congress. The foundation also announced that it is donating 1,000 photographic prints by about 250 contemporary photographers from its Annenberg Space for Photography exhibitions to the national library’s collections.The Library is pursuing a multi-year plan to transform the...
    • Date: 2020-08-06

July 2020

  • July 24, 2020  (20-048)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will connect with audiences across the country for an interactive, online celebration of “American Ingenuity” for the festival’s 20th year, featuring new books by more than 120 of the nation’s most-renowned writers, poets and artists. The festival will also showcase the many ways our national library embraces all subjects in its unparalleled collection.During the weekend of...
    • Date: 2020-07-24
  • 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

May 2020

April 2020

  • April 27, 2020  (20-033)
    Papers of Presidents Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur and William McKinley Now Online The papers of Presidents Andrew Johnson, Chester Alan Arthur and William McKinley have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. These papers can be accessed both at the website and on the new LOC Collections mobile app.The three presidencies represented in these collections all began or ended with the trauma of a presidential assassination....
    • Date: 2020-04-27
  • April 24, 2020  (20-031)
    Library of Congress Needs a Few Citizen DJs The Library of Congress is celebrating its 220th birthday today with a present for music-makers and music-lovers everywhere: a chance to play with Citizen DJ, a groundbreaking project that inspires hip-hop music-making from home and opens new doors into the Library’s extensive audio collections.Citizen DJ is an open-source web-browser application created by Library of Congress 2020 Innovator in Residence Brian Foo in partnership with...
    • Date: 2020-04-24
  • April 22, 2020  (20-032)
    Celebrate the Library's 220th Birthday with the LOC Collections App To celebrate the 220th anniversary of its founding, the Library of Congress today announced the release of the LOC Collections app, the premiere mobile app that puts the national library’s digital collections in the hands of users everywhere.In addition to providing an easy, accessible way to search and explore the Library’s growing digital collections, LOC Collections allows users to curate personal galleries of items...
    • Date: 2020-04-22

February 2020

  • February 27, 2020  (20-015)
    New Initiative "Live! At the Library" on Thursday Evenings Postponed Until Later in 2020 The Library of Congress will delay plans to extend its public hours on Thursday evenings and feature regular live programming for visitors as part of a new initiative, Live! At the Library, due to the Library’s temporary closure to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 coronavirus. Public events at the Library have been canceled until May 11.A new launch date...
    • Date: 2020-02-27
  • 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 13, 2020  (20-012)
    Major Gift to Support Reimagining Visitor Experience at Library of Congress A major gift by philanthropist David Rubenstein will help fund a project to reimagine and enhance the visitor experience for the nearly 2 million people who visit the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building each year. The goal is to better connect visitors with history and provide better access to the unparalleled collections held by the national library.Rubenstein, the chairman of the Library’s James...
    • Date: 2020-02-13
  • February 11, 2020  (20-009)
    'Cherry Blossoms' Book Explores Rich History of Springtime Celebration Vibrant springtime traditions of cherry blossom viewing in Japan and Washington, D.C., are explored in the new book “Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections from the Library of Congress,” published today by Smithsonian Books, in association with the Library of Congress.Visual art, including prints, drawings and photographs from the Library’s collections, provide a fresh look at the tradition of cherry blossom celebrations that originated more than...
    • Date: 2020-02-11
  • 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 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

September 2019

  • September 24, 2019  (19-095)
    Library to Mark 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's Birth with Display of Special Collections A special display at the Library of Congress will mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth on Oct. 2, featuring a letter written in Gandhi’s hand, a rare copy of the Indian Constitution and other items exploring Gandhi’s influence on Martin Luther King Jr. and the U.S. civil rights movement.The one-day display from the Library’s collections will be presented Oct. 2 from 11...
    • Date: 2019-09-24
  • September 10, 2019  (19-082)
    Kluge Center Announces a Fall Lineup of Public Events The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce its schedule of fall conversations featuring renowned scholars and authors. All events will be held in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The events are free and open to the public. However, tickets are suggested and available via Eventbrite.Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m. John W....
    • Date: 2019-09-10
  • September 6, 2019  (19-088)
    Mission Medevac: Library's Veterans History Project Hosts Changemakers Panel on Medical Evacuations The advent of medical evacuations by air has saved the lives of countless American soldiers. From the Vietnam War to Iraq and Afghanistan, medevac aircraft and crews have provided rapid medical evacuations enabling crews to rapidly move wounded soldiers out of the front lines and into hospital facilities for treatment.On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project will bring together a...
    • Date: 2019-09-06