Crowdsourcing Tool Enables Discovery of Unique Treasures at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress today launched crowd.loc.gov, 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...
October 22, 2018
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...
October 17, 2018
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...
October 2, 2018
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...
September 26, 2018
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...
September 17, 2018
Library to Hold Annual Fall Open Houses
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 Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
September 13, 2018
Fall Baseball Programs Feature Latinos in the Game, New Books, Sportswriters
Public programs this fall accompanying the exhibition “Baseball Americana” at the Library of Congress will feature Latinos in baseball, new books on the game’s history leading up to the World Series and a panel of baseball writers covering the game today. The exhibition “Baseball Americana” explores baseball’s past and present and how the game has forged a sense of community for players and fans....
September 12, 2018
Hispanic Heritage Month Events at the Library of Congress
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs between September 15 and October 15, various divisions throughout the Library of Congress will host a collections display, a series of lectures, concerts, book talks and other programs and initiatives.Kicking off the month-long celebration will be a reading by Ecuadorian Poet Raúl Vallejoon Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Hispanic Reading Room (LJ-220) on the...
September 11, 2018
Veterans History Project Recognizes Gold Star Family Day with Legacy Panel
The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will commemorate National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day with a panel of renowned experts who will discuss how families and organizations honor and preserve the legacy of the United States military members who died as a result of their service in war.The “Gold Star Legacy” panel will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 1...
July 26, 2018
Famed Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted's Papers Now Online
Writings and personal records of the founder of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, known for his work on New York’s Central Park, the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and many other landscapes, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress. The archive was digitized to serve as a resource in advance of...
June 22, 2018
Legal Historian to Discuss Historical Relationship of Religion, Politics and Law
Legal historian Sally Gordon will present the annual Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History Maguire Lecture titled, “When Congress Taxed Churches: Religion and Politics in the District of Columbia After the Civil War,” on Tuesday, July 10 at 3 p.m. The event will be held in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St....
June 19, 2018
Fourth Annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture, July 19
E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Ross Douthat of the New York Times will reflect on the origins of the “ideal of the American Dream” as well as explore the different ways conservatives and liberals imagine the future of the dream. ABC News correspondent Ann Compton will moderate the conversation. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place...
June 13, 2018
Library to Host 2nd Annual Outdoor Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill
The Library of Congress will host the second annual “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn” outdoor film festival this summer. The six-film series—which will showcase iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry—will be presented on Thursday evenings at sundown from July 12 through Aug. 16 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol.Tickets for...
May 25, 2018
Summer of Baseball to Feature Family Day, Series of Programs with Library's 'Baseball Americana' Exhibition
A vintage baseball clinic based on the game’s 19th-century rules, a children’s performance about African-American ballplayers, a conversation with “Moneyball” author Michael Lewis and a screening of the popular film “Field of Dreams” will highlight a summer of programs to accompany the new exhibition “Baseball Americana” at the Library of Congress.Baseball Americana Family Day on Saturday, July 14, will present a daylong series of...
May 24, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Join Main Stage of 2018 National Book Festival
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will launch her first children’s book, along with a young readers adaptation of her memoir, as part of the Main Stage lineup of authors at the 2018 National Book Festival, the Library of Congress announced today. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will interview Sotomayor about her new book, “Turning Pages: My Life Story,” which tells about her childhood...
May 15, 2018
Papers of President Woodrow Wilson Now Online
The papers of President Woodrow Wilson, from his time in the White House and as a scholar and governor of New Jersey, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress 100 years after his presidency. Documents from Wilson also are featured in the Library’s exhibition “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.”Librarian of Congress Carla...
May 3, 2018
Baseball's 'Magna Carta' to be Displayed in Major Exhibition on the Game
The handwritten “Laws of Base Ball,” which historians have called the “Magna Carta” of the game after they were decided at a convention in 1857, will be among the artifacts featured in the new exhibition “Baseball Americana” opening June 29 at the Library of Congress. The exhibition will explore baseball’s past and present and how the game has forged a sense of community for...
April 30, 2018
Letters to Lyrics: Library Displays Alexander Hamilton's Papers Linked to Hit Musical
Letters and documents from the papers of Alexander Hamilton will be displayed at the Library of Congress this summer, offering a glimpse at the original source material for key themes and lyrics in the hit musical “Hamilton” as the show visits the Kennedy Center.Ten items were selected for the display, “Letters to Lyrics: Alexander Hamilton at the Library of Congress,” which opens May 19....
April 23, 2018
Columnist Anne Applebaum Kicks Off a Busy May at Library's Kluge Center
From a timely look at the impact of “fake news” with Anne Applebaum to an exploration of the formation of Italian-American heritage as told by the spread of opera, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress has an extraordinary line-up of public events scheduled for May. The major theme with these events is American democracy. All of the following events are...
Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online
The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The Library announced the digitization today in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17, 1790.The Franklin papers consist of approximately 8,000 items mostly dating from the 1770s and 1780s. These include the petition that...
April 3, 2018
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...
March 30, 2018
Library Celebrates "Preservation Week: Pass It On"
The Library of Congress will celebrate Preservation Week (April 22-28) with a full day of programming on Monday, April 23 highlighting veterans collections. To highlight the preservation methods used to ensure ongoing access to its collections, the Library will host behind-the-scenes tours of its Preservation Directorate on Capitol Hill and a lecture focused on the Library’s work to collect, preserve, and honor the legacies...
March 27, 2018
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...
March 21, 2018
National Recording Registry Reaches 500
Tony Bennett’s hit single, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; the Latin beat of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”; the timeless soundtrack of “The Sound of Music”; Run-DMC’s 1986 crossover hit album “Raising Hell”; and radio coverage of the birth of the U.N. have been honored for their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the...
March 16, 2018
Library of Congress and DC Entertainment Celebrate 80 Years of Superman
The Library of Congress will celebrate the 1000th issue of seminal DC comic book series Action Comics, a commemoration of 80 years of Superman, with a live interview featuring DC legends on Thursday, March 29. Former publisher and president of DC, Paul Levitz, will join famed DC writer and artist Dan Jurgens, known for his work on the Superman series and the pop culture...
March 15, 2018
New Book Reveals Artistic Achievements of Women in Illustration
A new book presents a survey of the often-neglected artistic achievements of women in cartooning and illustration, featuring more than 250 color illustrations, comic strips and political cartoons, including original art from the collections of the Library of Congress. In “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists,” Martha H. Kennedy, curator of popular and applied graphic art, presents a comprehensive look at the...
March 13, 2018
Historical Supreme Court Cases Now Online
More than 225 years of Supreme Court decisions acquired by the Library of Congress are now publicly available online – free to access in a page image format for the first time. The Library has made available more than 35,000 cases that were published in the printed bound editions of United States Reports (U.S. Reports).United States Reports is a series of bound case reporters...
March 8, 2018
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...
March 6, 2018
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...
February 22, 2018
Library to Host Screening of "4 Little Girls"
The Library of Congress Feb. 27 will host an evening screening of the Spike Lee documentary “4 Little Girls,” about the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, a seminal and tragic event in civil rights history.The screening will be held at 6 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the iconic Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.,...
February 22, 2018
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...
February 21, 2018
Papers of President James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Now Online
The papers of President James Buchanan, who presided in the four years leading up to the Civil War, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress, along with the papers of his niece, Harriet Lane Johnston, who served as first lady in the White House. Buchanan was the nation’s only president who never married.The Buchanan...
January 25, 2018
Library of Congress to Open Major Exhibition on Baseball in Summer 2018
A major exhibition opening in June at the Library of Congress will celebrate baseball as community, including the people, from amateur players to professionals, baseball diamonds from city lots to rural fields, and places across the globe from Mexico to Japan that have embraced the game. “Baseball Americana” will explore baseball’s gritty roots, its changing traditions and the game today. It is a story...
January 5, 2018
New Book Celebrates the History of the Library of Congress
A new book from Library of Congress Historian John Y. Cole, “America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress,” tells the story of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and how it came to be the world’s largest library.Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden calls the Library “a place where you can touch history and imagine your future,” and the story...
January 3, 2018
Library Acquires Archive of Humorist, Political Commentator Art Buchwald
The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist, commentator and playwright Art Buchwald, best known for his long career as a political satirist, poking fun at the famous and powerful for The Washington Post and in a column syndicated in 500 newspapers worldwide. Buchwald was often considered “the Wit of Washington.”The archive of approximately 100,000 items includes his columns, plays,...
December 20, 2017
Historical Versions of the United States Code Now Online
More than 60 years of U.S. laws are now published online and accessible for free for the first time after being acquired by the Library of Congress. The Library has made available the main editions and supplements of the United States Code from 1925 through the 1988 edition.The U.S. Code is a compilation of federal laws arranged by subject by the Office of the...
December 13, 2017
2017 National Film Registry Is More Than a 'Field of Dreams'
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, these 25 motion pictures range from an early film of the New York subway in 1905 and the musical biopic “La Bamba” to the holiday action thriller “Die Hard” and “The Goonies,” the adventure tale of...
December 12, 2017
Select National Film Registry Titles Now Available Free Online
The Library of Congress is offering film lovers a special gift during the holiday season. Sixty-four motion pictures, named to the Library’s National Film Registry, are now available online on the Library's website. The collection, "Selections from the National Film Registry," is also available to the public on YouTube.These films are among hundreds of titles that have been tapped for preservation because of their...
December 8, 2017
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”...
November 13, 2017
Double Features, Musicals and Hollywood Stars on Screen at Packard Campus Theater
During double feature December, the Library’s Packard Campus will showcase pairs of films from the 1930s that feature great directors, Western cinematography, leading ladies and iconic romances. Titles include King Vidor’s New York City drama “Street Scene” paired with William A. Wellman’s rarely seen “Stingaree” and “Love Affair,” starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, paired with Cary Grant in the British romantic comedy “Romance...
November 13, 2017
Library to Host Symposium on Early Research of Papers of King George III
Scholars who were recently among the first to examine the papers of King George III, the English monarch in power when the American colonies declared independence, in the Georgian Papers at England’s Windsor Castle will reveal their early findings in a symposium Friday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., at the Library of Congress.The event is free, but tickets are required. To secure tickets, visit...
November 8, 2017
Papers of Abraham Lincoln Now Online in Full Color
Abraham Lincoln’s papers from his time as a lawyer, congressman and the 16th president are now online in full color in a new presentation after a multi-year digitization effort at the Library of Congress.The Library holds a collection of more than 40,000 Lincoln documents dating from 1774 through Lincoln’s presidency and beyond, including materials from his campaigns, Lincoln’s first and second inaugural addresses and...
November 3, 2017
Library and WGBH Acquire Historic TV Coverage of Senate Watergate Hearings
The Library of Congress and Boston public broadcaster WGBH announced today that gavel-to-gavel television coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973, donated to the Library by WETA Washington, D.C., has been digitally preserved and made available online. Produced by the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT), the hearings were taped during the day and rebroadcast every evening on public television for 51...
November 3, 2017
Library Acquires Archives of Iconic Talk Show Host Dick Cavett
With a career spanning more than 50 years, legendary TV personality Dick Cavett is recognized as one of the most cultured and savvy talk-show hosts in the history of television. The Library of Congress announced today that Cavett has donated 2,500 programs of his decades-long talk-show series—showcasing some of the golden moments in television—to the American people. The collection totals nearly 2,000 hours of...
October 27, 2017
Library to Open "Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists"
Original works by women cartoonists and illustrators are featured in a new exhibition opening at the Library of Congress on Nov. 18. Spanning the late 1800s to the present, “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists” brings to light remarkable but little-known contributions made by North American women to these art forms.In fields traditionally dominated by men, many women have long earned their...
October 19, 2017
Library Highlights Horrors of "The Blair Witch Project"
The Library of Congress today announced that the creators of “The Blair Witch Project,” a 1999 horror film known as one of the most successful independent movies ever made, will host a panel discussion during the Library’s Halloween festivities.The panel discussion, “Creating Modern Ghost Stories: The Blair Witch Project,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, in the Coolidge Auditorium of...
October 18, 2017
Veterans History Project Celebrates Veterans Day at the Library
The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) will celebrate Veterans Day, between Nov. 7 to Nov. 11, with live book talks and a variety of performances, guided tours, workshops and other activities. The series of events, titled “Coming Home: Veterans Day at the Library of Congress,” will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library. From a letter-writing event for active-duty...
October 17, 2017
Veterans History Project Panel Discussion on Oral History Interviews
The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will host a panel discussion, titled “On the Other Side of the Mic: Perspective from the Interviewer,” at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Whittall Pavilion of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. The panel will feature experts who will discuss how oral interviews serve the objectives of the U.S. American Vietnam War Commemoration (the Commemoration)...
October 16, 2017
November Film and Event Series at Packard Campus Theater
The Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is hosting a night of music and conversation featuring Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith as part of the ongoing “Marty Stuart Sessions” concert series at the Packard Campus Theater. Smith will be joined by her husband of 20 years, Marty Stuart, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are required for this free...