News from the Library of Congress

October 2020

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
  • September 5, 2019  (19-085)
    Library of Congress Crowdsourcing Effort Challenges People to Explore Folk and Music Traditions From hot summer days in Mississippi to windy nights in the Caribbean, the Library of Congress’ latest crowdsourcing campaign, launched today, challenges virtual volunteers to explore folk and music traditions through the eyes and writings of one of America’s most famous 20th century folklorists, musicologists and oral historians: Alan Lomax.The new campaign — “The Man who Recorded the World: On the Road with Alan...
    • Date: 2019-09-05

July 2019

  • July 24, 2019  (19-075)
    Papers of President James Garfield Now Online The papers of President James A. Garfield, who was assassinated in the first year of his short presidency, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress.The Garfield collection includes approximately 80,000 items, mostly dating from 1850 to 1881. The collection is online at:’s papers include correspondence, diaries, speeches, records of his Civil War military...
    • Date: 2019-07-24
  • July 3, 2019  (19-072)
    Summer Programs to Feature Music, Film, Community Day and Gallery Talks with Library's Exhibition "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote" Music and theatrical performances, an outdoor film screening, tours and gallery talks this summer will accompany the new exhibition “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight For the Vote” at the Library of Congress, along with a full day of family activities during a Community Day on July 13 and a featured author at the National Book Festival on August 31.The exhibition “Shall Not Be...
    • Date: 2019-07-03

June 2019

  • June 25, 2019  (19-068)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup The 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival will offer an outstanding lineup of authors for readers of all ages for the festival’s 19th year, with more than 140 nationally recognized authors, poets and illustrators, as well as the addition of stages devoted to science and international subjects.On Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, doors will open at 8:30 a.m.,...
    • Date: 2019-06-25
  • June 19, 2019  (19-066)
    Librarian of Congress Names Joy Harjo the Nation's 23rd Poet Laureate Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Joy Harjo as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-2020. Harjo will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.Harjo is the first Native American poet to serve in the position – she...
    • Date: 2019-06-19
  • June 6, 2019  (19-061)
    3rd Annual Outdoor Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill The Library of Congress will host the third annual “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn” outdoor film festival this summer. The six-film series — which showcases iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry — will be presented on Thursday evenings at sundown from July 11 through Aug. 15 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the...
    • Date: 2019-06-06

May 2019

  • May 15, 2019  (19-053)
    News Dispatches from The Associated Press from 1915 to 1930 Now Online Historical news reports and breaking news bulletins published by the Washington bureau of The Associated Press from 1915 to 1930, documenting a full chronology of world and national events, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress.The collection includes news dispatches from key moments in history, from the sinking of the Lusitania ocean liner in 1915, drawing the U.S....
    • Date: 2019-05-15
  • May 9, 2019  (19-051)
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Join Leading Authors at 2019 National Book Festival U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be among the featured speakers at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival, along with dozens of best-selling authors, novelists, historians, poets and children’s writers, the Library announced today. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.Ginsburg will...
    • Date: 2019-05-09
  • May 2, 2019  (19-049)
    New Exhibition 'Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote' to Feature Original Manuscripts, Images of Suffrage Movement Handwritten letters, speeches, photographs and scrapbooks, created by American suffragists who persisted for more than 70 years to win voting rights for women, will be featured in a new exhibition at the Library of Congress. “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote,” opening June 4, will tell the story of the largest reform movement in American history with documents and artifacts from...
    • Date: 2019-05-02

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
  • March 18, 2019  (19-030)
    Archival Materials of Suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt Now Online The papers of suffragist and political strategist Carrie Chapman Catt, including her time as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress.The collection includes about 9,500 items dating primarily from 1890 to 1920 as Catt helped lead the fight for a federal suffrage amendment. The Catt Papers...
    • Date: 2019-03-18
  • March 8, 2019  (19-027)
    Library of Congress and Rutgers University Press Announce New Cooperative Publication Celebrating International Women’s Day and the upcoming centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote, Rutgers University Press announced today the publication of “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote,” in association with the Library of Congress.The book is the official illustrated companion to the Library of Congress exhibition of the same name and will be published June 4...
    • Date: 2019-03-08

February 2019

  • February 11, 2019  (19-012)
    Library to Host Cherry Blossom Festival Events In honor of the annual celebration of Japan’s 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees, the Library of Congress announced that it will host two cultural events during the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival, the nation’s most celebrated springtime festivity. Japanese Culture Day will kick off the Library’s daylong celebration on Saturday, March 23, with a trove of family activities, including music, dancing, lectures and...
    • Date: 2019-02-11

January 2019

  • January 31, 2019  (19-013)
    New Exhibition "Art in Action" Examines Socially-Engaged Art A new exhibition, “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times,” pairs original drawings by editorial cartoonist Herblock with historical and contemporary artists’ prints, drawings and posters that respond to major issues from the 17th century to the present day. “Art in Action” opens at the Library of Congress on Jan. 31.As a political cartoonist for The Washington Post and other...
    • Date: 2019-01-31
  • 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 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

October 2018

  • October 24, 2018  (18-134)
    Crowdsourcing Tool Enables Discovery of Unique Treasures at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress today launched, a crowdsourcing program that will connect the Library with virtual volunteers to transcribe text in digitized images from the Library’s historic collections.This project enables anyone with access to a computer to experience first-hand accounts in history while contributing to the Library’s ability to make these treasures more searchable and readable.Volunteers can work on selections from the papers...
    • Date: 2018-10-24
  • October 22, 2018  (18-130)
    New Book Showcases Early Baseball Cards in Story of National Pastime A new book, “Game Faces: Early Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress,” offers baseball fans and historians a visual delight that showcases early baseball cards from the 19th and early 20th centuries alongside photos from the early days of the nation’s beloved pastime. Author Peter Devereaux takes readers behind the scenes of the Library of Congress’ Benjamin K. Edwards Collection to see the...
    • Date: 2018-10-22
  • October 17, 2018  (18-132)
    Papers of President Theodore Roosevelt Now Online The largest collection of the papers of President Theodore Roosevelt, documenting his extraordinary career in the White House and as vice president, governor of New York, and as a naturalist, writer and reformer, has been digitized and is now available online from the Library of Congress.The digitization of the massive collection comes just before the 160th anniversary of Roosevelt’s birthday. The nation’s 26th president...
    • Date: 2018-10-17
  • October 2, 2018  (18-126)
    U.S. Poet Laureate Brings Poetry to Podcast and Radio Audiences with 'The Slowdown' U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will soon bring the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as host of a weekday podcast and radio feature titled “The Slowdown.”The five-minute program encourages listeners to make a daily space for poetry in an increasingly busy and chaotic world. “Poetry isn’t an escape or even a luxury,” Smith said. “I’d argue it’s a necessity, a...
    • Date: 2018-10-02

September 2018

  • September 26, 2018  (18-125)
    National Screening Room of Free Motion Pictures Now Online The Library of Congress announced today that it has digitized hundreds of hours of motion pictures that will be freely available on the newly launched National Screening Room website. Most of the content in the National Screening Room is in the public domain. Movies that the Library believes to be in the public domain are fully downloadable. Permissions were granted for the inclusion of...
    • Date: 2018-09-26