News from the Library of Congress

December 2019

November 2019

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

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

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 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

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 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

May 2018

  • May 24, 2018  (18-073)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-05-24
  • May 3, 2018  (18-060)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-05-03

April 2018

  • April 30, 2018  (18-058)
    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....
    • Date: 2018-04-30

March 2018

  • March 21, 2018  (18-028)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-03-21
  • 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

January 2018

  • January 25, 2018  (18-005)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-01-25

December 2017

  • December 13, 2017  (17-178)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-12-13

October 2017

  • October 10, 2017  (17-148)
    Papers of Ulysses S. Grant Now Online The Library of Congress has put the papers of Ulysses S. Grant online for the first time in their original format at Library holds a treasure trove of documents from the Civil War commander and 18th president of the United States, including personal correspondence, “headquarters records” created during the Civil War and the original handwritten manuscript of Grant’s memoir— regarded as one of...
    • Date: 2017-10-10

August 2017

  • August 28, 2017  (17-119)
    Alexander Hamilton Papers Now Online The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online for the first time in their original format.The Library holds the world’s largest collection of Hamilton papers—approximately 12,000 items concentrated from 1777 until Hamilton’s death in 1804, including letters, legal papers and drafts of speeches and writings, among other items. Now, for the first time, these original documents—many in Hamilton’s own hand—will...
    • Date: 2017-08-28

June 2017

  • June 28, 2017  (17-092)
    Library of Congress, Royal Archives Plan Major Joint Exhibition The Library of Congress and The Royal Archives today announced plans for a landmark joint exhibition in 2021 that will explore the overlapping yet distinct worlds of two globally significant figures of the late 18th century: the two Georges – King George III (1738-1820) of England and George Washington (1732-1799).The joint project will draw on the considerable collections held by the Library of Congress...
    • Date: 2017-06-28
  • June 13, 2017  (17-087)
    Webcomics and Web Cultures Archives Now on The Library of Congress today announced two new born-digital collections are now available on – the Webcomics Web Archive and the Web Cultures Web Archive.The Webcomics Web Archive ( focuses on comics created specifically for the web and supplements the Library’s extensive holdings in comic books, graphic novels and original comic art.“Webcomics are an increasingly popular format utilized by contemporary creators in the...
    • Date: 2017-06-13

March 2017

  • 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

August 2016

December 2015

  • December 16, 2015  (15-216)
    2015 National Film Registry: "Ghostbusters" Gets the Call Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures of cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2015-12-16

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

February 2015

  • February 19, 2015  (15-028)
    Civil Rights Act Exhibition Will Feature 50 New Items The Library of Congress exhibition “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom” will feature 50 new items starting Saturday, March 7, including several items from the recently acquired Rosa Parks Collection.
    • Date: 2015-02-19

January 2015

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

  • June 23, 2014  (14-112)
    President Warren Harding's Love Letters to Open to the Public on July 29 More than 50 years after their discovery and donation to the Library of Congress, a collection of approximately 1,000 pages of love letters between 29th U.S. President Warren G. Harding and his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips, will open to the public on July 29.
    • Date: 2014-06-23

March 2014

January 2013

  • January 17, 2013  (13-015)
    Bible Used in Lincoln and Obama Inaugurations on Display Jan. 23 to Feb. 18 The Lincoln inaugural Bible used by Barack Obama when he took his first presidential oath of office in 2009—which will be used again by the president along with Martin Luther King’s Bible at the second inauguration on Jan. 21—will go on display at the Library of Congress from Jan. 23 to Feb. 18.
    • Date: 2013-01-17

April 2012

July 2010

November 2009

  • November 6, 2009  (09-235)
    New Exhibition "Louis Braille: His Legacy and Influence" Celebrates Bicentennial of Braille's Birth The Library of Congress commemorates the 200th anniversary of Braille’s birth with “Louis Braille: His Legacy and Influence,” an exhibition in the foyer of the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs today through Jan. 30, 2010. The exhibition can be viewed online...
    • Date: 2009-11-06